A top success and one of Giada's favorite pasta recipes, the Calabrian Chili Pasta is also one of those great pasta dishes that come together quickly on a weeknight - and it doesn't taste like a rush situation at all! Ingredients are the key here! You'll find all you need to recreate this simple but full-of-flavor recipe in this meal kit + an exclusive recipe card!
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Fusilli Corti: These perfect corkscrews are so named because they were traditionally made by hand by deftly wrapping each strand around a knitting needle or spindle (fusilli comes from the word fuso, or spindle). Now, they’re produced on traditional bronze dies in the Setaro family factory in a process that’s a little less painstaking but no less delicious. It’s a whimsical shape that’s hard to find in the U.S. and is only made by a few Italian pasta producers.
Crushed Calabrian Chili Paste: With a mellow, fruity heat that lingers on the palate but won't overwhelm, there's just no substitute for this crushed Calabrian chile paste from Tutto Calabria. The quintessential Italian chile, they are beloved around the country for the lively heat they bring to any dish. Similar in Scoville level to cayenne but with a depth of flavor unlike any other, this paste of fresh chiles crushed and preserved in olive oil is a must-have for any spice lover’s pantry. It’s one of Giada’s essential Italian ingredients.
Corbara Pomodorini Whole Tomatoes: While these tomatoes are definitely a step up in price from grocery store varieties, the difference in flavor is unmistakable. They are the ultimate embodiment of the Italian philosophy of cooking: selecting only the best-quality ingredients—no matter how humble—and preparing them simply. With just these tomatoes, a packet of good pasta, and some olive oil and parmigiana, you can have a dinner party-worthy dinner ready at a moment’s notice.
Organic Oregano: No Italian pantry is complete without a steady supply of oregano, and this dried oregano from Filippone is a beautiful way to stock up. This organic oregano is grown on a small family farm in Sicily and dried right on the branch, so there's no doubt about what you're getting.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil: With an elegant balance of flavors, this organic Peranzana olive oil from Bio Orto is a versatile power player for your kitchen. Unlike some extra-virgin olive oils, it’s not aggressively spicy or bitter—instead, those notes are held in harmony with a welcoming, mild fruitiness. This oil is made only using Peranzana olives, a variety that is emblematic of the Pugliese province of Foggia, where it is well-loved both as a table olive and for its oil. It’s won worldwide awards at olive oil tastings, including taking gold at the 2020 NYIOOC World Olive Oil Competition.