It is not an old myth to say that Italians eat pasta every day. The majority does. It is estimated that every Italian eats around 28 Kg a pasta a year which makes it 76 grams a day.
It is a staple just like potatoes would be in the UK or in many other Northern countries, but Italians will always eat pasta on its own using their favourite sauce rather than using it as starch and served with a form of protein all in one plate. Fish or meat will follow afterwards and served as a “secondo” with a salad or cooked vegetables. So unseasoned pasta served next to a steak or a stew are a no-no in Italy.
Pasta can be so versatile, it can be prepared in a rich creamy sauce or in a lighter sauce according to your taste and mood! I have pasta most days and I can never ever get bored with it, I guess it is in my genes but also it is because you can be so creative with it and prepare it in so many different ways.
So I was curious to try some Italian pasta from Terra Nostra.
I was sent truffle flavoured tagliatelle and sundried tomatoes flavoured fettuccine. Both came with a pouch of truffle flavoured olive oil and basil flavoured olive oil.
I loved the rough texture of this durum wheat egg pasta.
The truffle one was delicious drizzled with the truffle flavoured olive oil, chopped sage leaves and a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese. I am truly mad about truffle, it is so addictive and can send your taste buds into heaven. Simply gorgeous.
For the sundried tomatoes fettuccine I followed one of the ways suggested on the packet and I chopped some cherry tomatoes, stir fried them in olive oil and put them over the pasta. I finished off with chopped rocket leaves and plenty of grated Parmesan cheese. The result? A truly rustic pasta full of flavour with the taste of the Mediterranean.