Historically, official mention of the term "spaghetto" can be traced back to the first dictionary of the Italian language by Nicolò Tommaseo and Bernardo Bellini (1819). The word "spaghetto" was included as the "masculine singular diminutive of spago (thread)" and mention is made of "Minestra di Spaghetti" (spaghetti soup) which is pasta the size of a long, thin thread such as sopracapellini (type of spaghetti)". An interesting fact: in 1957, the BBC aired the first documentary on the production of spaghetti and the day after, the television studios were inundated by phone calls from viewers asking for the name of the producers and distributors of spaghetti so they could buy some.
Spaghetti is so versatile that it can be served with any condiment, from fish to meat, from vegetables to cheese, but is also excellent served just with extra virgin olive oil and a sprinkling of parmesan.
Available in 500g pack.
This is a smaller version of classic Penne rigate, that as ever features its trademark diagonal cut ends: Pennette Rigate is also available in the 7-grain version, for a balanced dish nutritionally speaking, without any compromises in delicious flavour.
The Pennette Rigate is ideal for pasta dishes served with sauces and paired with beef or pork-based ragù. This pasta is also perfect with vegetable-based sauces – aubergine, peppers, courgettes, artichokes – or more inventive fish-based dishes.
Available in 400g packets.