Pasta e Sughi – The Pugliese
Our Sugo Pomodoro e Basilico, is certified 100% organic. This rich sauce is made from handpicked tomatoes from Puglia and basil from Genova. This is the perfect match for it’s Puglian partner Orecchiette or “little ears” as it’s known. The sauce sits beautifully within the pasta’s bowl like shape and clings to the pasta like a comforting hug from a friend. Try this sauce is also great as a base for pizza, fantastico.
Finish with a generous grating of parmesan and a big drizzle of our single variety Nocellara extra virgin olive oil.
This is all dominated by the region’s most treasured source of income, olives. Puglia produces 40% of Italy’s olive oil, making it one of the largest in the world. This oil is used on pastas that are native to the region such as orechiette (little ears) which get their name from their distinctive shape. Orechiette is used in dishes such as orecchiette alle cime di rapa, a simple pasta that combines olive oil, pecorino and cime di rapa (a relative of the humble broccoli).
The most widely grown wine grape in the region is Negroamaro – literally ‘black bitter’. It is hardly grown outside the region and is used to produce some of Puglian’s best wines like Salice Salentino. Primitivo is also a very popular variety, producing rich, high alcohol red wines.