Malloreddus, also known as ‘gnocchetti sardi’ (‘small gnocchi from Sardinia’), hail from the Italian island of Sardegna where they have been made for special occasions for centuries. The diminutive of ‘malloru’ (‘bull’ in Sardinian dialect), ‘malloreddus’ means ‘fat little calves’. As tradition dictates, on the night of her wedding, a Sardinian bride will parade through town wearing silver jewellery with a large basket of malloreddus that she has made by hand. She is closely followed by her family until she reaches the doorstep of her betrothed, who scares off her entourage with rifle shots. The bride then enters, eating her malloreddus from the same plate as her new husband thus signalling the start of a happy and long-lasting marriage.
Those who hand-craft these little pearls of Sardinian cuisine follow a traditional process that involves cutting the pasta dough into cubes and pressing them against a ciuliri (a sieve or riddle traditionally made of straw). This is what creates their distinctive ridged conch-shaped form. Whilst malloreddus are most-traditionally associated with campidanese sauce, made from pork sausages, they are, in truth, served with a variety of ragùs in their sunny island home of Sardinia. This week, we've selected an incredibly special lamb ragù, made by slow-cooking a beautiful shoulder cut for hours with plenty of aromatics including rosemary and thyme, as well as a whisper of mint.
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Allergens in BOLD & CAPITALISED:
Durum WHEAT Semola, WHEAT Flour, EGG, Rice Flour
Lamb Shoulder (33%), Tomato, Water, Onion, Carrot, CELERY, Lamb Stock (contains SULPHITES), Extra Virgin Olive Olive, Mint, Salt, Garlic, Sugar, Rosemary, Bay Leaf, Thyme, Black Pepper
MILK, Salt, Rennet (Microbial Coagulant), EGG Lysozyme
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Calories per serving: 902kcal
Following nutritional information is per 100g:
- Energy 1054kJ
- Calories 252kcal
- Fat 11.6g
- Of which saturates 3.8g
- Carbohydrates 25.8g
- Of which sugars 1.9g
- Protein 10.8g
- Salt 1.4g