Whilst not strictly - in fact, at all - a type of pasta, barley (orzo in Italian) has nevertheless been seminal in Italian gastronomy through the centuries. A rich source of essential nutrients and fibre, this ancient grain - first cultivated some ten millennia ago - is widely enjoyed across the Italian Peninsula, most often in orzotto, where barley is substituted in place of classic risotto rices like the arborio and carnaroli varieties. Barley’s chewier, subtly nutty character lends a different dimension to risotto, just as it does to this salad designed for al fresco dining.
In this barley-based salad, you’ll find plenty of fresh summer vegetables in our signature pesto, including grilled artichokes and leccino olives, which originate in Tuscany and are well-regarded for their delicate flavour. The crowning glory here, though, is the fresh octopus, or polpo in Italian. But of course, no crown is complete without its jewels, and these come in the form of peperoni cruschi, known as “the red gold of Basilicata”. These dried pepper flakes have a wonderful vermillion colour and subtle sweet flavour. Whilst little known outside of their home region of Basilicata, crusco pepper is becoming more popular in gastronomic circles. We hope you’ll like it as much as we do…
- In a large bowl, combine the cooked barley with the bag of summer vegetables and pesto.
- Add the pieces of octopus.
- If required, add a tablespoon of water to loosen the sauce.
- Sprinkle over the crusco pepper flakes.
- Serve immediately.
Allergens in BOLD & CAPITALISED:
Pearl BARLEY, Garlic, Bay Leaf, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Salt
Grilled Artichokes (Artichokes, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Salt), CELERY, Black Olives, Basil Pesto (Fresh Basil, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Vegetarian Hard Cheese (MILK, Salt, Microbial Rennet), Pine Nuts, Garlic, Salt, Lemon Juice, Vinegar) (23%), Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Garlic
Octopus (MOLLUSCS), Sunflower Oil, Water, Wine Vinegar, Salt, Sugar, Parsley, Garlic, Acidity Regulators: Citric Acid, Glucono-Delta-Lactone; Preservative: Sodium benzoate
Dried Crusco Pepper
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: 554kcal
Following nutritional information is per 100g:
- Energy 651kJ
- Calories 156kcal
- Fat 8.0g
- Of which saturates 1.4g
- Carbohydrates 14.6g
- Of which sugars 0.2g
- Protein 6.0g
- Salt 0.7g