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Cappelletti Pasta


Size | 2.2 lbs

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Depending on who you ask, Setaro’s cappelletti ("little hats") is either modeled on the shape of either a military trooper's cap or the headwear of a medieval Catholic cardinal. They were first crafted in Emilia-Romagna, where the same name is sometimes given to a stuffed pasta similar to tortellini.

The history of many pasta shapes is lost to time, having been invented through a combination of home cooks’ ingenuity, creativity, and necessity. Over time, pasta origin stories become something of a local legend, and different regions will claim to have created the same shape—with totally different histories. No matter their sartorial inspiration, the curvy, swirling rounds of cappelletti are a stylish addition to every pantry.

Since 1939, the Setaro family has 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.

Cappelletti is perfect in soup, where the swoops and curls hold pockets of delicious broth. It also wraps appealingly around chunky sauces, ensuring every bite packs a punch. Try cappelletti in a hearty dish with roasted fennel, sundried tomatoes, and spicy Italian sausage; each element is about the same size, making for easy-to-build bites that capture the savory riot of flavors.

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.

Durum wheat semolina, water. Contains gluten.
Size: 2.2 lbs