Castellane Pasta

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Through-out Italy
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Castellane pasta is made from semolina flour and water

Castellane pasta is a unique and flavorful pasta shape that is known for its elongated, ridged shell shape. It is believed to have originated in Italy in the 1980s. I have found the distinctive shape of castellane pasta is said to have been inspired by the skirts of the women who lived in castles in Italy. The long, flowing shape of the pasta is thought to resemble the way that the women’s skirts would drape over their arms. But I also read the name “castellane” is thought to be derived from the Italian word “Castello,” which means “castle.” This is likely a reference to the elongated, ridged shape of the pasta, which resembles the crenellations of a castle wall.  So who knows I don’t.

Castellane pasta is made from semolina flour and water, and it is traditionally dried before being packaged. The ridges on the pasta’s surface help to capture sauces and flavors, making it a versatile pasta that can be used in a variety of dishes.

Castellane pasta is a good choice for dishes that feature creamy sauces, such as pesto or Alfredo sauce. It can also be used in dishes with chunky vegetables or seafood.

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