Casarecce is the traditional pasta used in Sicilian pesto recipes. It is a short, wide strip of pasta loosely rolled like a scroll. For never having tried casarecce pasta before, I was pleasantly surprised. I appreciated the sturdy texture of the noodle, it held sauce well and the noodle was still soft and pleasant. I looked at the recipes and I decided to do my own version of the Barilla® Collezione Casarecce Siciliane with Pesto “alla Trapanese”. It was really bright and flavorful and this was a perfect noodle for the dish. The box gives you instructions for cooking your noodle “al dente,” but I cooked it a little longer because I like a softer noodle. I would definitely purchase this pasta again and I am looking forward to trying some of the other noodles in the Barilla Collezione collection. If you love basil and/or pesto, you’ve got to try this beautifully fresh and bright super simple dish! Check out the recipe below.
- 1 12oz. Box Barilla Collezione Casarecce Pasta
- 6.7oz. Jar of Pesto
- Cherry or Grape Tomatos
- Finely Shredded Parmesan Cheese
- **Optional: Feel free to add more vegetables if you would like. Black olives, asparagus and peas would go well with these flavors.
- Cook pasta according to directions on box.
- Rinse with cold water, set aside to drain.
- Cut cherry/grape tomatos in half or thirds, depending on size.
- Mix drained pasta with pesto.
- Mix in and top with tomatoes and shredded parmesan cheese.
- Serve and enjoy!
I was given an opportunity to sample this pasta in exchange for my review through Bzz Agent. My thoughts and opinions are completely my own.