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Ruota del Faraone

'Pharaoh's Wheel'– a Jewish pasta dish

Another name for frisinsal de tagiadele, Pharaoh’s Wheel is a reference to the part of the Torah that tells the story of Israelites crossing the Red Sea. Italian Jews will tell you that the pasta, baked in a meat and goose fat sauce, is shaped in a circle to resemble the wheels of Pharaoh’s chariots, that the noodles are the waves of the seas, the pine nuts the heads of the Egyptian horses, and the raisins or meatballs the Egyptian warriors, being submerged by the unexpected waves.

Pasta Shapes and Dishes


Text © Dana Facaros & Michael Pauls

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