I thought I wasn’t a pasta lover, I mean I liked them a lot, but I wasn’t craving them all the time, or dream about them. After I tried the fresh made pasta at Luga e Argjendtë, an artisanal pasta shop in Tirana, everything changed. Yes, now I dream about pasta all day. My favorite ones are cocoa pasta.
Cocoa pasta is traditionally just regular pasta enhanced with cocoa powder. When you hear cocoa you probably think of something sweet, but it’s not the case. There isn’t any sugar in it, so it isn’t sweet like you might expect it to be. The flavour of the pasta itself is really interesting. Once it’s cooked it has an intense chocolaty aroma, but the flavour is very subtle.
Cocoa pasta pairs perfectly with caramelised pears and toasted walnuts. Don’t forget a pinch of cinnamon and nutmeg 🙂 yummyyy
Time : 20 min
Serves : 4 persons
- 400 g of cocoa pasta
- 3 medium pears
- ½ cup walnuts
- 60 g butter
- Hard cheese
- Peel and cut the pears into pieces.
- In a large skillet toast the walnuts for 3-4 minutes. Once you can smell their scent coming up from the skillet, remove them to a cold plate.
- In the same skillet melt the butter add the pears and cook for 10 minutes stirring regularly.
- Meanwhile put water on to boil for the pasta and when it’s boiling, add a pinch of salt and cook the pasta. The fresh pasta that I use need only 2 minutes to cook. If you’re using dry pasta cook them according to the package instructions.
- Drain the pasta, reserving 1-2 tbs of pasta water then toss the drained pasta in the skillet with caramelised pears. Add the pasta water, walnuts, a pinch of cinnamon, pepper and nutmeg.
- Shave some hard cheese on top, if you like it and voila 🙂 It’s ready.