In the Genoa dialect, "bricchetto" means little stick or matchstick.
This pasta immediately makes you think of minestrone, a dish that is fairly typical of the Ligurian culinary tradition. Seasonable vegetables and dried pulses are the basis of this dish.
Bricchetti are large spaghetti, broken up into smaller pieces and since they hold their shape so well when cooked, they are perfect for adding to minestrone. This is a dish that is often eaten warm and so calls for a pasta that can hold its shape even when it has cooled down.
Minestrone is still very much associated with local cooking and among the Ligurian people there is a saying that the spoon should stand up in a "real minestrone" because it is made to be thick.
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Orecchiette (little ears), also known as "strascicati", are a typical pasta shape from the Apulia culinary tradition. The shape is a round disc with a slight indent in the centre.
In the culinary tradition of Apulia of home-made pasta, orecchiette were made with white flour, durum wheat semolina and water. After the pasta dough had been cut into small pieces, it was "dragged" ("strascicati" in Italian) with the tip of a knife to create a sort of small shell, then pulled back with the tip of the thumb.
In traditional Apulia cooking, orecchiette are cooked in boiling water with broccoli or potatoes and served with a tomato sauce and sheep's cheese, or with garlic and Oil
This pasta is also known as "Recchie" and is served with vegetable ragù, or lamb and ricotta ragù.
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