For a pasta lover with a good palate, there’s no better gift than artisan pasta made with old-school Italian techniques: the best wheat, traditional bronze dies and plates, slow-drying at a low temperature to preserve both flavor and nutrients. (The original pasta noodles were hung over rods and lines to air dry.)
The result: great flavor and an appropriately rough texture that makes the sauce stick.
Sfoglini (sfo-LEE-nee) pastas are made with organic grains grown on North American farms and milled in the U.S.
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The dough is extruded through bronze dies, slow-dried, and packaged in New York’s Hudson Valley, an artisan food mecca.
The wheat and other grains are the best in North American. The grains are organic, and include conventional semolina plus einkorn, emmer, rye, spelt, and whole-grain flours.
In Italian, a sfoglina is someone who makes sfoglia, a family of Italian pastas.
A sfoglina (sfo-LEE-na) is historically seen as a middle-aged woman who kneads and spreads out the dough with a rolling pin on a pastry board.
At Sfoglini, there are two men who carry on the tradition: chef Steve Gonzalez and creative director Scott Ketchum.
Every sfoglina from the old country would be proud of their work.
Oh, what a choice of shapes, flavors, and grains! Where to begin? We had to use the “eeny, meeny, miney, mo” technique.
While it may be relatively easy to eyeball this list, when you see all the boxes on the website, the going gets tough.
There are a number of gift sets, including a Kids Pasta Craft Kit, Lobster Dinner Kit and Ultimate Mac & Cheese Kit.
There’s also a pasta-of-the-month club, for 3- or 6-month subscriptions.
Each month’s contents are a surprise, including one box of Sfoglini organic semolina pasta, one box of Sfoglini specialty pasta (think grains, flavors, and limited editions).
Recipe cards are included with each box, with inspiration for scrumptious dishes. You can add ingredients and choose sauces to customize each recipe.
In order to keep the boxes vegan, the Cuttlefish Spaccatelli, made with cuttlefish ink, won’t be included.
Thus, vegans, vegetarians, and those with seafood allergies can enjoy each box of pasta without worry.
(There are no gluten-free options.)
There are also quite a few recipes on the website.
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