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Strozzapreti Pasta

A versatile shape from Umbria and Emilia-Romagna, the curling lengths of this strozzapreti are made by third-generation artisans in Naples.

Size | 1.1 lbs

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Setaro’s strozzapreti has what may be the most alarming name in all of the pasta pantheon: It literally translates to "priest stranglers." There are multiple stories to explain this morbid moniker, ranging from the innocent to the sinister. Some say that the short, twisty shape, which is traditionally made in Umbria and Emilia-Romagna in central Italy, just looks like a priest’s collar. Others claim that it was served in the Middle Ages to visiting church representatives when they came to collect rent from local farmers. The woman of the house would make strozzapreti in the hopes that the offending priest would choke when he ate it—or she imagined performing the act herself as she rolled the pasta between her palms. But there’s nothing to fear about using this versatile pasta!

Since 1939, the Setaro family have been making pasta on a winding street in Torre Annunziata in Naples. Their factory is on the same street, in fact, where Giada's grandfather once made his own pasta. The semolina flour they use is minimally processed, creating a more flavorful product than those commonly found in the U.S. The company air-dries its pasta in the cool, salt-tinged breezes that blow in through wild rosemary bushes from the Mediterranean coast, a practice that makes for a delightfully chewy finished product.

Setaro does not include a cooking time on their pasta bags; they recommend that savvy cooks should start tasting the pasta after about 10 minutes of boiling to catch it at the perfect al dente texture.

With an open, curling shape that adds layers to every bite, this medium-length pasta works well with simple tomato sauces, fresh seafood, and hearty vegetables. In Emilia-Romagna, strozzapreti is usually served with a meat or sausage ragu that clings to its curves. It also shines in a simple pantry pasta of anchovies and breadcrumbs.

Size: 1.1 lbs
Durum wheat semolina, water. Contains gluten.

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