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Marella Monnezzaglia ( leftovers ) is made After making and weighing out all the packages for the pastas made that day in the Marella factory, the odds and ends left over are put into a large bowl and tossed together to create the Monnezzaglia. Known as "leftovers" this handmade Italian pasta has a little something for everyone. Striped pastas, bowties, corkscrews, rigatoni, radiators, tulips and much more. No need to get fancy with this fun pasta, just cook and throw in anything you want to finish. This also makes a great pasta salad. Perhaps you have some shrimp, chicken or veggies "left over" to toss into this for a fabulous dinner.
WHY IT’S DIFFERENT: Outstanding wheat and production techniques yielding exquisite flavor and unusual and stunning shapes. Marella pastas have the vivid colors of an artist’s palette. WHY WE LOVE IT: Aside from being among the best pasta you’ll ever taste, what else can you boil for 15 minutes that puts a remarkable-looking and fun-to-discuss feast on the table?
To think that the pasta you buy doesn’t matter would be like thinking of the wine or cheese or ice cream you buy as generic. If you thought that were true, you probably wouldn't be able to call yourself a foodie.
Pasta is one of our favorite foods, and we have always been pleased with Barilla or DeCecco, available at the supermarket, for “everyday.” But we've learned not to save the beautiful dishes and serving pieces for special occasions but use them on a regular basis. We also haven’t been saving the “good pasta” for dinner parties any longer. We have been treating ourselves whenever we want to the great Italian artisanal pastas like these from Marella.
Case in point: A box of everyday pasta can be purchased at the supermarket for $1.09 to $1.39; it’s a bargain and it tastes okay, so why spend more? Well, given the cost of a decent piece of cheese or a box of cookies from the bakery, to shirk from spending $5.90 to $18.20 a pound for some of the world’s most exquisite pasta is looking at the numbers the wrong way. Bargain-hunting looks even more foolish when a restaurant plate of pasta from a chain restaurant may not even taste as good costs $14.50. Don't even try to convince me the sauce they use in the chain restaurants add value to the meal. With these colored pastas you simply toss with butter and parmesan cheese or garlic and oil. And besides, the Italian way is to enjoy the taste and texture of great pasta with a small amount of sauce, not drown the pasta in it.