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Pasta Tips

Pasta Tips

Pasta Tips

Pasta Tips

Dried pasta is the perfect store cupboard ingredient. With a few different varieties and some simple sauce recipes – or a few jars of our pasta sauces – you’re never far away from a delicious, easily prepared meal. Cooking and serving pasta is straightforward. Here are some simple tips to help you get the best from this most versatile ingredient, and below is a selection of our pasta and some sauces that we think suit them best…


Use a large pan to cook the pasta

Pasta needs plenty of room to move around in the pan so it cooks evenly, so choose a big pan – perhaps the largest you have – and bring the water to a rolling boil before salting it generously and adding the pasta.


Always follow the pack instructions

Follow the cooking time on the pack, but also test the pasta towards the end of cooking time to make sure it’s perfectly al dente. If adding the pasta to a sauce, cook for a minute less than the instructions, as it will continue to cook in the pan of sauce.


Don’t add any oil to the water

Some people suggest that adding oil prevents the pasta from sticking together, but in fact all it will do is prevent the sauce from clinging to the pasta!


Don’t drain the pasta through a colander

Rather than draining the pasta through a colander or sieve, use tongs or a spider to remove the pasta from the water. In this way you can work quickly at the hob (rather than running off to the sink and back) and you don’t lose that precious pasta cooking water.


Add the pasta to the sauce, not the other way around

Lift the pasta from the water and add to the pan of warmed sauce, adding a little cooking water too to loosen the sauce. The starch in the water from the pasta will also help to thicken the sauce a little. Stir the pasta thoroughly through the sauce so that every strand or piece is well coated. Please, no just dolloping the sauce on top of the pasta!


Serve in bowls

All pasta is better – and easier to eat – served in a shallow bowl rather than a plate. Warm the bowls gently first and the pasta will stay warm throughout the meal…but if it’s delicious, it won’t last long anyway!


Cheese is good…but maybe not with fish!

Most dishes of pasta with meat or vegetable sauces benefit from a grating of cheese such as Parmigiano Reggiano or Grana Padano, but hold back the cheese on fish and shellfish sauces.


Don’t throw away any leftovers

Granted, there may not be any, but if there are, they’re almost certainly going to be great in a frittata or other baked dish. Just add eggs (and lots of cheese if there’s no fish involved) and maybe some other ingredients, then bake.


Here is a selection of our pasta and some sauces that we think suit them best…


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  • Bronze Die Spaghetti (500g)

    Bronze Die Spaghetti (500g)

    Classic long, thick strands of artisan pasta.

    Excellent artisan pasta from our award winning producer in Abruzzo, ideally suited to tomato-based sauces or 'Olio, Aglio, Peperoncino.'

  • Spaghettata Spice Mix (100g)

    Spaghettata Spice Mix (100g)

    An Italian tomato, herb and chilli spice mix.

    An easy way to make a big plate of herby, spicy spaghetti...

  • Bronze Die Bucatini (250g)

    Bronze Die Bucatini (250g)

    Hollow, thick spaghetti!

    This excellent artisan pasta from our award winning producer in Abruzzo is thick spaghetti-like strands with a hole running down the centre to help it cook evenly.

    Used in the classic dish of Bucatini all'Amatriciana.

  • Amatriciana Sauce (314ml)

    Amatriciana Sauce (314ml)

    A classic tomato, onion and pancetta sauce

    Amatriciana Sauce is one of the best known Italian pasta sauces.

  • Bronze Die Spaghettoni (500g)

    Bronze Die Spaghettoni (500g)

    Thick Spaghetti that really are something special.

    Bronze Die Spaghettoni was voted the best pasta in Italy by Gambero Rosso (a prestigious food & drink magazine).

  • Bronze Die Fettucine Rigate (500g)

    Bronze Die Fettucine Rigate (500g)

    Long pasta ribbons.

    This Bronze Die Fettucine Rigate is an excellent artisan pasta with an unusual grooved surface, from our award winning producer in Abruzzo.  Perfect with both creamy and tomato-based sauces.

  • Wild Boar Ragu (180g)

    Wild Boar Ragu (180g)

    A rich pasta sauce, delicious with egg pasta.

    Wild Boar Ragu is made from prime Tuscan wild boar.

  • Bronze Die Linguine (500g)

    Bronze Die Linguine (500g)

    A long thin ribbon, like flat spaghetti.

    This Bronze Die Linguine is an excellent artisan pasta from our award winning pasta producer in Abruzzo 

  • Taggiasca Olives and Artichoke Sauce (180g)

    Taggiasca Olives and Artichoke Sauce (180g)

    This creamy pasta sauce is one of our favourites.

    A quick and easy way to rustle up a special meal from the store cupboard.

  • Bronze Die Penne (500g)

    Bronze Die Penne (500g)

    Well-known grooved quill-shapes.

    Excellent artisan pasta from Abruzzo, perfect for the classic dish Penne All'Arrabiata...

  • Tuscan Arrabbiata Sauce (340g)

    Tuscan Arrabbiata Sauce (340g)

    A mildly spicy tomato sauce for pasta.

    This Arrabbiata Sauce is perfect for those who prefer a milder taste.

    A delicious store cupboard standby that can be jazzed up even more with some chicken, prawns or chorizo.

  • Bronze Die Fusilli (500g)

    Bronze Die Fusilli (500g)

    Well-known thick corkscrew shape.

    Excellent artisan pasta from our award winning producer in Abruzzo; Bronze Die Fusilli goes well with all sauces.

  • Basil Pesto (180g)

    Basil Pesto (180g)

    With a soft, mild flavour.

    Thie Basil Pesto is made from basil, cashew nuts, pine nuts and Parmigiano

  • Bronze Die Farfalle (500g)

    Bronze Die Farfalle (500g)

    Artisan pasta in a classic butterfly shape.

    Excellent artisan pasta from our award winning producer in Abruzza which is great with all sauces.

  • Tuscan Puttanesca Sauce (340g)

    Tuscan Puttanesca Sauce (340g)

    Made from tomatoes, anchovies, capers and garlic.

    Keep this Tuscan Puttanesca Sauce in the cupboard for that time when you are looking for easy inspiration for a meal!   Its robust flavour packs a punch.

  • Bronze Die Mezzi Rigatoni (500g)

    Bronze Die Mezzi Rigatoni (500g)

    Grooved tubes about 2cm long.

    Thie excellent artisan pasta from Abruzzo is half the length of regular rigatoni.

    Delicious with thicker tomato based sauces or with cubed roasted vegetables.

  • Parmigiana Sauce

    Parmigiana Sauce (180g)

    Made from tomatoes, grilled aubergines and ricotta cheese.

    Parmigiana Sauce is a traditional Tuscan sauce.


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  • Bronze Die Gnocchetti Sardi (250g)

    Bronze Die Gnocchetti Sardi (250g)

    Small curled shapes.

    Excellent artisan pasta from Abruzzo, grooved on one side.

    Really great with meat-based sauces, such as tomato and sausage, and in pasta salads.

  • Tuscan Bolognese Ragu (340g)

    Tuscan Bolognese Ragu (340g)

    A traditional meat sauce with a rich tomatoey flavour.

    This Tuscan Bolognese Sauce is great to have in the store cupboard for those days when you need something quick and easy for supper.

  • Parmigiano Reggiano DOP (200g)

    Parmigiano Reggiano DOP (200g)

    'King' of Italian Cheeses

     Parmigiano is the most popular and versatile Italian cheese.

     Ours is certified DOP and aged for at least 24 months, which is generally considered to be the peak..

    ❆ IMPORTANT - this is a 'fresh' product. Please see How to Store on the Product Description tab.

  • Grana Padano (200g)

    Grana Padano (200g)

    Hugely popular in Italy and a great alternative to Parmigiano.

    Grana Padano is perfect for grating over pasta, stirring into soups, shaving onto salads or just eating chunks drizzled with a good quality balsamic vinegar.

    ❆ IMPORTANT - this is a 'fresh' product. Please see How to Store on the Product Description tab.

  • Pecorino Romano (200g)

    Pecorino Romano (200g)

    Well known Pecorino - great substitute for Parmigiano.

    Pecorino Romano is one of the most famous of pecorinos and a great substitute for Parmigiano on pasta dishes and salads.  It has a hard texture which is ideal for grating and a mature flavour.

    ❆ IMPORTANT - this is a 'fresh' product. Please see How to Store on the Product Description tab.


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