Fusilloni Pasta with Spinach & Spanish Ham

April 8, 2016

Ingredients

1 package Tantillo Artisanal Fusilloni Pasta, 1/4 cup reserved pasta water

Chopped white onions

Button mushrooms

Arrabiatta marinara sauce

Spanish Jamon

Tantillo Premier Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Baby spinach, chopped

Directions

1Cook fussilloni pasta in pot until al dente, about 7-8 minutes.

2Meanwhile, saute mushrooms and Spanish jamon in Tantillo Premier Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Add arrabiatta sauce, and let simmer about 5 minutes.

3Add pasta when it is al dente, along with reserved pasta water.

4Finally add chopped spinach and white onions.

5Sprinkle pepper on top and a little cheese.

Chef’s Notes

Here are a few pointers to help you perfect this delicious recipe!

Sautéing Mushrooms

Sautéing mushrooms is an easy task once you know how to do it. The trick is to not overcrowd the pan. That’s because overcrowding causes the mushrooms to steam rather than to brown and caramelize, which is what gives the mushrooms all their wonderful flavor!

Heat a large skillet over medium high heat, drizzle in your Tantillo Premier Extra Virgin Olive Oil, and add your mushrooms. Again, make sure you have ample room between each mushroom. If you’re cooking for a large group, it might be best to cook your mushrooms in batches. Sauté for 5-7 minutes until tender and nicely browned. Yum!

Wonderful Spanish Jamon

Spanish jamon is a great ingredient that adds a lovely, salty nuttiness to your pasta dish. Jamon (ham) is a time-honored culinary ingredient made with extreme care—that you can taste.

You can typically find jamon at specialty gourmet grocers near the cheese and charcuterie section. For this Fusilloni & Spanish ham pasta dish, consider asking the deli counter to slice the jamon on the thick side. If the cuts are too thin, the jamon will literally melt into your dish. You may also ask the deli to cut the meat into cubes about the size of a green pea. This way, the jamon will be present and flavorful in every bite!

What is Fusilloni?

Fusilloni pasta noodles are named for their shape—with ‘fuso’ meaning spindle. These spiraled noodles are the perfect sauce collecting vessel, capturing incredible flavor in every bite!

How to Achieve the Perfect Al Dente

There is a fine line between perfectly cooked pasta and mush. Al dente is the term used to describe pasta cooked to perfection, having just the slightest hint of “bite.”

To achieve the perfect al dente texture, bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Pour in your noodles and stir. Boil for approximately 7-8 minutes, taste testing every so often, until the noodles are soft with just a hint of chew. Drain, rinse and toss with the rest of your ingredients. Voila, perfectly cooked pasta!

Tantillo Artisanal Organic Fusilloni

Tantillo Artisanal Organic Fusilloni offers incredible texture and flavor at an affordable price. Only the finest organic durum wheat semolina flour is used in our traditional recipe. It’s shaped and cut using a bronze die, a tool meant only for the very best pasta. The noodles are then hand sorted and dried for up to 20 hours on wooden trays, another heirloom tool, resulting in the perfect pasta noodle.

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Tantillo Imported Italian Arrabbiata Pasta Sauce

This zesty spicy sauce is the perfect companion to any traditional Italian pasta dish, especially Fusilloni pasta noodles. A peppery combination of hot chilies and cracked black pepper round out the slow simmered tomatoes seasoned with a touch of fresh basil, garlic and flaky sea salt.

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