Homemade tonnarelli pasta with sausage sauce
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What Type Of Pasta Is Tonnarelli And What Sauces Does It Pair Best With?
Tonnarelli, a spaghetti-like egg pasta, is rather wide at 2 to 3 millimeters in diameter, and has a rough texture that helps sauce adhere to the noodles. It's not easy to find tonnarelli at the average supermarket, but making this classic pasta at home is very doable — all you need is a few ingredients and a pasta-making tool.
The dough for tonnarelli is made with just semolina flour, all-purpose flour, and large eggs. You can make the pasta by mixing three large, beaten eggs with flour, kneading the dough until smooth and elastic, then letting it rest for 30 minutes before running it through a chitarra pasta tool; after that, simply boil the pasta for about six minutes.
Some of the best saucy pasta dishes to showcase the tonnarelli are carbonara, gricia, and cacio e pepe, but even a simple tomato or pesto sauce is also delicious. Speaking to Thrillist, chef Chris Curtiss said you can’t go wrong pairing a spicy tomato-based sauce with tonnarelli because of its suitably thick and robust texture.