A hallmark of “cucina povera” is the ability to transform easily available, simple ingredients into a scrumptious meal. “Pasta alla carretiera” or cart driver's pasta, illustrates this best. This pasta received its name from cart drivers (carreterie) of bygone eras. Easy to make and transport by people whose job was to travel long distances by cart, this dish likely lent itself to roadside cooking. An image comes to mind, of a cart driver stopping at the side of the road, stooping over a makeshift fire as he cooks his pasta and flavours with tasty and long-lasting ingredients like sun-dried tomatoes and chili pepper for a simple but hearty meal.
While this food is modest, there is true happiness in these flavors and perhaps that is the reason that in Sicilian family this pasta is sometimes prepared for festive occasions—garden meals or picnics by the sea!
Ingredients: Sun-dried Tomatoes, Chili Pepper, Black Olives, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Sunflower Oil, Spices
Net Weight: 180g
Great with salad or pasta, served with eggplant cut in rounds and sautéed in olive oil; or paired with grilled whole fish