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Stuff these wonderful colorful Pastifico Marella Sombreroni with ricotta or sausage or any filling of your choice. Just cook for about 4 minutes, then stuff and put the bottoms on, then bake for 20 minutes. These pasta hats will hold their shape and will always hold their color. Watch your guest's jaws drop to the ground when you present these adorable stuffed pasta hats.
The Marella family from Puglia, Italy has been making naturally colored pastas for generations.
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.