When I walked down the pasta aisle at my local Superstore, I would stop at their display of +$5 pastas with admiration and curiosity. How much better could their pasta be than the $2.50 pasta I usually buy? Would there really be a difference at all?
One day, I could not take it any longer. My curiosity got the better of me and so I picked up their Black Label Orecchiette.
I knew that the chances of me making homemade pasta and shaping it into little “ears” were pretty slim, at least during my insane summer. I had always wanted to try this particular shape of pasta anyway so I indulged.
Made with rich durum wheat and natural spring water from the Italian Alps, extruded through traditional bronze dies… All that effort to make a pasta with “exceptional flavour and texture…” Would it be worth it?
I really did not feel like making a super hot pasta dinner during the heat of August so I made a homemade pesto instead using macadamian nuts and almonds.
I added the pesto to the pasta.
Threw in some cooked chicken.
I bow to the foodie gods! This was unbelievably delicious. Not just because the pesto rocked (and it did) but that pasta? OMG! The texture was stunning. So… interesting. The flavour? Wonderful. It took a dish I love and elevated it to the foodie extreme.
I never expected to be this impressed. I thought it would be a bit better but it was such a huge improvement, it makes it hard to go back to the cheap pasta I usually buy.
On a budget, I just can not buy Black Label Orecchiette on a regular basis for week night dinners but for those special dishes that deserve the “foodie blessings” this pasta delivers? Hell yeah. Big time. Go for it!
I give this product five out of five wooden spoons. Damn, it was so good. Seriously, I love this pasta.