Carb lovers around the world rejoice! World Pasta Day is upon us, and in celebration of this rather momentous occasion, we’d like to share our customers’ all-time favourite pasta dishes.
Admittedly, this was no easy task. It’s been almost 2 years since we first embarked on our mission to provide the freshest pasta, sauces and garnishes to homes across the UK. During this time we’ve created hundreds of delectable dishes each with their own charm, style and flavour: from orecchiette smothered in pistachio pesto to smoked prosciutto and scamorza cheese tortelloni . We’ve even been known to dabble in a truffle burger or two…
So, put on your finest pair of stretchy pants and have your credit card at the ready, because there is no better way to celebrate World Pasta Day, than by ordering yourself one of our favourite dishes.
Lobster & Crab Tortelloni with Sage Butter, Lemon Pangrattato & Samphire
It was the kitchens of small, family-run restaurants scattered along Italy’s vast coastline that inspired us to combine the most wonderful, crimson-hued lobster with fresh crab meat to create this special filling for our tortelloni. Hugely popular since its first appearance on our menu, to accentuate the flavour – and indeed do justice to – these ingredients, we dress the tortelloni in a simple, but beautiful, butter infused with sage (a fabulous pairing for seafood), as well as a sprinkling of lemony pangrattato. To finish, we garnish with a little asparagi di mare (asparagus of the sea), adding a final whisper of the Italian seaside. You can treat yourself to this delectable treasure on this week’s menu.
Pappardelle with Beef Shin & Barolo Wine Ragù
Our Pappardelle with Beef Shin & Barolo Wine Ragù is one for the meat lovers! The thick, flat ribbons of pappardelle, make a glorious match for our rich and meaty ragù. The ragù itself is a labour of love: slow-cooked for 10 long hours until it reaches a silky, gelatinous consistency that can be pulled apart at the merest touch of a fork. For us, it’s a dish that represents the very best of Italian cuisine: undying devotion and passion for creating dishes full of flavour, regardless of how long that might take to achieve. As the nights draw in and the temperature cools, we can’t help but scoff this one. Maybe that’s the real reason why pappardelle comes from the Italian verb pappare, meaning to scoff…
Orecchiette with Pistachio Pesto
Few pastas encapsulate the culinary spirit of the Italian south quite as well orecchiette – ‘little ears’ in Italian. Hailing from the region of Puglia (the heel of Italy’s boot), these little doughy discs make up part of the cucina povera, a style of cooking that makes do with limited ingredients; they’re made from just flour and water. But don’t let that fool you. Paired with our pistachio pesto, their firm texture and round, concave shape makes them particularly deft at scooping up any sauce.
‘Carbonara of Dreams’
Very much a firm favourite, and somewhat of a signature dish here at Pasta Evangelists, this hedonistic Roman classic is thought to have its name derived from when charcoal burners – carbonai – used to cook the dish over campfires. For us, our ‘Carbonara of Dreams’ is comfort food at its most indulgent, and exactly how it should be! It’s a dish that we can always turn to in both the best, and the worst of times, and it never fails to pick us up! In fact, look up the definition of comfort food and you’ll find this dish in its place, gracefully inviting you to indulge in its creamy magnificence. Get your own taste of indulgence on this week’s menu with ‘Carbonara of Dreams’ with Fresh Bucatini, Crispy Pancetta.
Tagliatelle with Pesto alla Genovese
Our founder, Alessandro – Alex to us – is particularly fond of this dish. But rather than say what we think is special about it ourselves, we thought we’d let Alex do the talking on this one: ‘Born and raised in the Ligurian capital of Genoa, pesto alla Genovese is sauce that takes me back to my childhood days when my grandmother would make her own fresh, homemade pesto. I adored it, and I think it’s those memories that instilled such a deep love of fresh, Italian food within me.’
Our fresh, handmade Tagliatelle perfectly complement the stripped-back, but beautiful, pesto alla genovese. Made very simply using a pestle and mortar with just a few ingredients, this classic sauce of Liguria is splendid at its freshest – which is exactly what we bring you.
And there you have it. Our all-time favourite pasta dishes. From the northern Ligurian classic pesto alla genovese to the rustic orecchiette of the Italian South. Of course, no celebration of World Pasta Day would be complete without pasta itself! And in true Italian spirit, where food is enjoyed among famiglia e amici, we’re giving you 50% off your order with code BLOG50. Buon appetito.