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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Among the countless versions of maccherone, apparently Sedani were first created in Naples with a smooth shape and the name "denti di elefante" (elephant's tooth), and later acquired the grooved pattern like the ridges on celery, according to some from Tuscany, and the change in the original name.
Sedani Rigati (ridged version) go very well with elaborate condiments such as ragùs made from meat and mushrooms or sausage, but they are equally as good for preparing oven-baked dishes or simply with tomato and basil.
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