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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Tortiglioni are one of many varieties of maccherone, one of the oldest types of pasta originating from Naples.
The name in Italian refers to the shape and comes from the Vulgar Latin tortillare which literally means to wrap in a spiral with a characteristic pattern from the lathe used in pasta production.
The shape is particularly versatile, but also very original, and best suited to full-bodied sauces.
Tortiglioni are excellent served with succulent, meat-based sauces. They are also very good served with tomato sauce or vegetable and tomato sauces. It is a particularly suitable type of pasta for oven-baked dishes.
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