After reading how I have yet to meet a whole wheat pasta I liked, my friend Gaia sent me a bag of Cara Nonna spiral pasta made from durum whole wheat. It’s sold at her parents’ fantastic Guidi Marcello (an Italian marketplace) in Santa Monica—where the better chefs in town source their olive oil, Parmigiano, pasta and rice, etc. Because Gaia is very beautiful and has exquisite taste in handbags, I had to take her word on the pasta—and I’m soooo glad I did!
At the Hollywood Farmer’s Market this weekend, I grabbed some pork sausage, an onion, some garlic and some prehistoric-looking kale. I sautéed the onions and garlic in olive oil until they softened, then added the kale (which I had rinsed, deveined and chopped up before adding to the pan) and drizzled with more olive oil. I covered and simmered that for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, in a separate skillet I cooked the pork sausage while the pasta boiled in a third pan. And then tossed it all together.
HUGE, HUGE hit…so earthy and autumnal, and the pasta texture was absolutely perfect. Would never have guessed I was dealing with a whole wheat pasta. Thank you, Gaia, and you can count on finding me in the aisles of Guidi Marcello loading up on Cara Nonna.