We have had a whole lot of pasta since coming to Italy, but none of these shapes are as fun as trofie, a pasta from Liguria.
Trofie is a small, twisted pasta. The pasta is slightly thicker where the pasta is twisted, and the thicker part is a bit chewy and provides a lovely texture. Yum! I read that there are many ways to roll the pasta, but a common way of twisting trofie is to quickly roll it between your palms.
Trofie is typically served with another one of Liguria’s regional cuisines, pesto. We purchased fresh trofie and some pesto from a store in Liguria, but when we are home and have access to our mortar and pestle and rolling pin, I am looking forward to making this dish from scratch. But for those looking for a quick and delicious dish that has lighter, warm-weather friendly flavors, trofie with pesto is it! I promise I won’t tell anyone that your pasta and sauce were store bought. If you would like to spruce up the dish, try blistering cherry tomatoes and adding it to the pasta for a sweet, fresh kick.
Suggested Wine Pairings
A light white wine, like Pigato or Vermentino, goes perfectly with the fresh basil and nutty flavor of the pine nuts in the pesto.