The name of this beautiful, beach-evoking pasta shape derives from the Italian word for seashell, “conchiglia”. The Italian word “conchiglie”, just like the English word “conch”, shares the same Greek root in the form of kochýli, which means “shell”.
And whilst you may not find grains of sand from the Italian coastline within this week's fresh, gluten free conchiglie, you will find that they are the perfect shape to accommodate this week’s limited edition plant-based puttanesca sauce. Born in Naples, the largest city of the Campania region, which is also home to the Amalfi Coast, puttanesca is a gutsy, tomato-based sauce, made with plenty of garlic. Traditionally, it’s also made with anchovies fished in the Bay of Naples, giving it a deep, savoury taste. We’ve found, though, that the inclusion of fresh olives and capers, salty and savoury in their own right, is more than ample to give this sauce its characteristic flavour.
The backstory of pasta “alla puttanesca”, too, is equally full of character. The term ‘’pasta alla puttanesca’’ quite literally refers to pasta made ‘’in the manner of a prostitute”. Shocking, we know! Food writers have debated the nomenclature since the dish emerged in the 60s, but the common understanding, though not uttered by more squeamish commentators, is that the dish was born in Naples’ case di appuntamenti (‘’appointment houses’’). We hope you’ll be able to infer the meaning of an ‘’appuntamento’’, so we needn’t utter it. As preparing the puttanesca sauce was a labour of mere minutes - indeed, simply ‘’throwing whatever together’’ - this could be done between other, er, obligations.
Note: Please consume or freeze our pasta and sauces within 2 days of delivery.
- Bring a large saucepan of water to the boil. Salt the water (around ½tbsp per litre).
- Cook the pasta in the boiling water for 3-4 minutes. Stir regularly to prevent sticking.
- Whilst the pasta cooks, put the sauce in a pan and add 1tbsp (15ml) of the boiling pasta cooking water. Take care to ensure you squeeze all the sauce from the pouch. Gently heat until steaming and then turn off the heat.
- Lift the pasta out of the water and transfer to the sauce. Toss gently to coat.
- Serve immediately. Buon appetito!
Allergens in BOLD & CAPITALISED:
Flour Blend (White Rice, Brown Rice, Potato Starch, Tapioca Starch, Buckwheat, Maize, Sorghum, White Teff, Xanthan Gum), Water, Sunflower Oil, Turmeric Powder
Passata, Olives, Capers, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Garlic, Basil, Salt, Chilli
In addition to the recipe-specific allergen information provided, Pasta Evangelists handles all 14 allergens prescribed in legislation. Whilst we have implemented and maintain safety practices and take all reasonable precautions to prevent cross-contamination, we cannot guarantee that our products will not contain traces of these allergens.
Calories per serving: 548kcal
Following nutritional information is per 100g:
- Energy 702kJ
- Calories 169kcal
- Fat 8.2g
- Of which saturates 1.7g
- Carbohydrates 15.7g
- Of which sugars 2.8g
- Protein 7.2g
- Salt 1.2g
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