The Best Gifts for Pasta Lovers this Easter and a Recipe!


Are you searching for a great gift for the pasta lover during the Spring holiday celebrations? Plus a dish to entertain over Easter/ Pasqua as we call it in Italy?

Maybe you need a quick and easy dish to wow your guests but also to make sure you don’t spend long in the kitchen? Are you on the hunt for the perfect gift for adults and want something a little more thoughtful than chocolate?

If so, we have you covered!

We’ve been trying a Wildgrain Bread and Pasta Subscription box, which is a must have for Spring and beyond. They make brilliant gift ideas and are such a lovely surprise to receive.

Wildgrain is a small team based in Boston, MA. They’re passionate about delivering fresh, bake-from-frozen, slow fermented sourdough, fresh homemade pasta and artisan pastries directly to your door. 

With Spring in the air we thought we would share a great recipe which you could create using the Tonnarelli pasta from your Wildgrain box.

This is just one reason why a Wildgrain Subscription box is a must have this Spring!

Wild Garlic and Goat’s Cheese Tonnarelli

Wild garlic can be found in woodlands and meadows from mid-March to April. We look forward to this short season every year so we can do some foraging and make delicious meals. It has a wonderful delicate flavor and a beautiful vibrant green color.

If you’ve never used it, wild garlic is green, leavy garlic sometimes with pretty white flowers. Other names for wild garlic are ramsons, buckrams, broad-leaved garlic, wood garlic, bear leek or bear’s garlic. The plant is native to Europe and Asia and can be found in markets in the USA. If you can’t get your hands on this though you can use regular garlic bulbs.

The great thing about this dish is that, like most Italian food, it only has a handful of ingredients and is very quick to make. It’s also the best way to cook for the holiday season as you don’t want to be away from the fun and festivities for long.

The taste of this is a bit like a more luxurious version of a pesto traditional pasta sauce. The delicate garlic, mixed with the creamy goat’s cheese is incredible and I love knowing I’m eating something that is in season for a few weeks and then gone again. It definitely makes you savor it more.

If you are not a fan of goat’s cheese you could add cream cheese and some grated Pecorino. We are serving this sauce with Wildgrain Tonnarelli. If this is a new Italian pasta for you it is also sometimes called Spaghetti alla chitarra.

Spaghetti alla chitarra literally translates to ‘guitar spaghetti’ as, traditionally, it is pressed into long, square-shaped spaghetti strands using a stringed chitarra pasta cutter.

There are lots of different shapes of pasta. Tonnarelli is like Spaghetti but the cross section is flat and square instead of round. It’s always fun to try new pastas and fit them with the correct sauce. We are using Tonnarelli as the flat ribbons coat the pasta and cling to it.

As this is fresh pasta it cooks in just 6-8 mins.


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