Pici with Cheese and Pepper
Hotel Siena Borgo Grondaie wants to share with you a simple but very tasty recipe directly from the Tuscan tradition i.e. “pici with cheese and pepper” (from the book “I Quaderni di Cucina Senese” by Andrea Maestri).
First, we explain what is pici: it’s nothing more than a kind of pasta like fat spaghetti made with flour and water. Mix the flour with warm water and a pinch of salt to make a paste quite firm.
Remove from mixing small pieces of paste and extend them quickly with your hands until they take form of spaghetti.
The diameter should be about 3 mm. However, for those who do not want to engage in the production of home-made pasta, we recommend using the spaghetti of a measure rather large.
For the sauce: after cooking pici or spaghetti in salted water, drain the pasta “al dente”( neither overdone nor uncooked) and add extra virgin olive oil, freshly ground black pepper, oregano, parmesan or pecorino and a spoon of cooking water.
Mix well and … Enjoy your pici with cheese and pepper !!!
The Pici are a traditional Sienese Recipe and they can be served with various sauces all made with typical products of the territory of Siena.
Like the thick Spaghetti, the Pici are perfect with tasty and rich sauces such as “Pici all’aglione” which are made with tomato sauce flavoured with fried onions, carrots, celery a lots of grinded garlic.
In most of Restaurant in Siena you could taste also the “Pici alle briciole” a very simple but tasty recipe made with garlic scented fried crumbs of bread. “Pici con ragu di nana” are enriched with a duck ragu and ” Pici con ragu di Cinghiale” are made with wildboar sauce.
Other traditional sauces foresee sausages and mushrooms, or sausages and potatoes and beans, to taste with a great Chianti or a Tuscan wine!
Now you know more about our Traditional Food and do not forget to taste Pici if you are coming to Siena for your holidays!
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