Busa Pasta, Busa, Maccarones de busa

Other Names:
Maccarones de busa
Maccarones a ferrittu
Maccarones de ferrettu


Made with: Homemade is made with eggs, salt & durum wheat. Manufactured is made with water, salt, durum wheat, and water.

Maccarones de busa, also known as maccarones a ferrittu or maccarones de ferrettu, are a type of traditional Sardinian pasta. They are long, thin pasta tubes with a characteristic hole in the middle, similar to bucatini. The name “maccarones de busa” comes from the busa, a knitting needle-like tool used to shape the pasta by pressing it through the dough.

The origin of maccarones de busa is unknown, but they are believed to be an ancient dish that dates back to pre-Roman times. They are traditionally made with semolina flour and water, and they are often served with a simple sauce of tomato, garlic, and olive oil. However, they can also be enjoyed with a variety of other sauces, such as meat sauce, pesto, or cheese sauce.

Here are some of the key characteristics of maccarones de busa:

  • Shape: Long, thin pasta tubes with a characteristic hole in the middle.
  • Texture: Firm and slightly chewy.
  • Flavor: Neutral, with a slight nutty flavor from the semolina flour.
  • Typical Usage: Served with a variety of sauces, including tomato, meat, pesto, and cheese.
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