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the classic ridged pasta of Sardinia


The name may translate as 'little calves' but there is something a bit trilobite-ish about Sardinia's most famous pasta shape. Genuine malloreddus were flavoured with saffron, and these days a thread or two is still often added to the sauce. The classic is one is alla Campidanese, made with Sardinian sausage, onion and tomato, topped by grated fiore sardo or an equally meaty su ghisadu.

Often known as gnocchetti Sardi elsewhere in Italy; on Sardinia other names include cicciones, ciccioneddos, maccarrones cravaos, maccarrones tundos, macarrones caidos, cassuli, cassulli and chjusoni.

Pasta Shapes and Dishes


Text © Dana Facaros & Michael Pauls

Image by Dana Facaros