This pasta dish is loved all over Italy. It is eaten by families at gatherings or celebrations and is also something the monks I visited at the Abbazia di Farfa, just outside Rome, have every Sunday as a special lunch. I'm pleased to say my faith in this dish has been restored, as I did fall out of love with it (as a result of trying to cook it in schools on a tight budget, using the cheapest pasta in the world). When I was in Altamura, in Puglia, I visited a school where they were eating baked pasta for their school lunch, bizarrely enough! However, Italian government laws state that the schools must use organic pasta and extra virgin olive oil, and they also had freshly made mozzarella! When made properly like this, it's absolutely delicious. This was the recipe that was made for 1,000 kids at the school I visited and it was very, very good.
Nutritional Information - Amount per serving:
- Calories 588kcal
- Carbs 12.1g
- Sugar 10.3g
- Fat 43.0g
- Saturates 23.1g
- Protein 35.8g
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