Casarecce Siciliane With Pesto “alla Trapanese”

  • Yield : 24
  • Servings : 24
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A Sicilian pasta shaped like a scroll, this shape is traditionally paired with pesto.Trapanese pesto is an ancient version based on tomatoes and almonds, with basil added for color and flavor.


  • 2 1/4 lb. Barilla® Casarecce Siciliane
  • 18 peeled, diced plum tomatoes
  • 1 1/8 cups extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 cups fresh basil
  • as needed salt
  • as needed black pepper
  • 2 1/4 cups blanched almonds
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 1/2 cups grated Romano cheese


Step 1

Cook the Barilla® pasta for half the time indicated on the package. Drain pasta and drizzle with some olive oil to prevent from sticking. Place pasta flat on sheet trays or hotel pans and cool in a blast chiller. Alternatively, cool it down in a walk-in cooler. Store in zip lock bags or sealed plastic container; refrigerate and use within several hours.

Step 2

In a bowl, marinate 4 of the tomatoes with 3 Tbsp. of the XVOO, 6 julienned basil leaves, and salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.

Step 3

In a blender or robocoupe, grind the almonds, garlic, remaining oil, and cheese. Pulse in remaining tomatoes and basil, leaving them chunky. Season with salt and pepper as needed.

Step 4

For each serving, to order: Reheat about 1 1/4 c. pasta in simmering water. Drain and add to a saute pan with some of the pesto and enough cooking water to loosen the sauce. Toss and plate. Garnish with some of the marinated tomatoes.

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Chef Recommended Cuts
  • Casarecce Siciliane
  • Orecchiette
  • Penne
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Nutritional Info

This information is per serving.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1
Servings Per Container 24

Amount Per Serving
Calories 357
Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 20g
Saturated Fat 3g
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 5mg
Sodium 313mg
Total Carbohydrate 38g
Dietary Fiber 7g
Sugars 5g
Protein 11g

Vitamin A 16%
Vitamin C 22%
Calcium 10%
Iron 11%
Allergy Information:
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Please note: for the purpose of the nutritional assessment, total sodium does not include salt added to the cooking water. When salt is listed "as needed" in the ingredient list, 1 tsp total is included in the analysis.