Strozzapreti (stroh-tzuh-PRAY-tee) is one of my all-time favorite pastas. Its 1-inch length and rolled S-shape captures and holds the sauce, while its chewy texture adds character and interest to any pasta dish. It’s always in my pantry.
In searching out imported pastas with this distinctive rolled shape, I have likewise become enamored with casarecci (cah-sah-RECH-ee) pasta (also known as casarecce or casariccia pasta), which consists of 2-inch lengths of pasta that are rolled in much the same way as strozzapreti. If you look at the pasta from an end, it has an S shape.
And then just this week, I encountered torchietti (tor-KYEH-tee) pasta, which is 2-inches in length, grooved, and twisted in one direction only, sometimes with a wider, bell shape on one end.
Any of these pastas work beautifully in this over-the-top delicious dish, which I created for my latest pesto addiction: Fava Bean Greens, Walnut & Orange Pesto.