Casa Rinaldi Spaghetti Chitarra
A musical pasta
Spaghetti Chitarra originated in Abruzzo, Italy, and are similar to regular spaghetti, except that it’s squared instead of round.
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Made with durum wheat semolina and eggs, Spaghetti Chitarra is also sometimes known as maccheroni alla chitarra. It first came from Abruzzo, Italy, and is made with a special wooden tool. Casa Rinaldi Spaghetti Chitarra come in long strips similar to spaghetti or bucatini, but its cross-section is squared instead of rounded.
PREPARATION AND PAIRINGS
Spaghetti Chitarra is usually used in pasta dishes with ragu or meat sauces. A classic Abruzzo recipe is the spaghetti chitarra alla termana (con pallotine). Pallottines are tiny meatballs, and add a great flavor to the simple dish.
- Make your favorite red meat sauce, and let it simmer on low heat.
- Make the pallottines by mixing together minced meat, egg, some nutmeg, ground pepper, salt, and grated parmesan in a large bowl. Make sure all ingredients are fully incorporated. Make small balls (less than an inch in diameter) with your palms, and stir fry your pallottines in a small saucepan with olive oil. Set them aside.
- Cook your Casa Rinaldi Spaghetti Chitarra according to package instructions.
- While the pasta cooks, reheat your pallottines in a saucepan with a little of your sauce added in.
- Drain your cooked pasta and transfer into the pan with your meat sauce. Stir until all the spaghetti chitarra is covered in sauce.
- Transfer the pasta with sauce to individual bowls, and add on parmesan cheese. Layer some pallottines on top, and a little more parmesan.
“Chitarra,” in Italian, means “guitar,” and the spaghetti chitarra’s production echoes this musical etymology. It refers to the tool used to make the pasta—a chitarra, a small wooden frame with steels strings strung close together, resembling a guitar. The pasta dough is pushed through the strings with a rolling pin, cutting it. The newly cut strips are then released by passing your fingers over the strings, like strumming a guitar.
Store dry, uncooked pasta in a cool, dry pantry for up to one year. Preserve freshness by storing dry pasta in an air-tight box or container. Store plain (no sauce or other ingredients) cooked pasta in a container or plastic sealable bag in the refrigerator for up to five days and up to three months in the freezer.