With a shape that resembles a seashell, it is easy to see how the locals in the seaside communities of Naples and Genoa got their inspiration in the creation of Medium Shells, or Mezzo Conchiglie. Its graceful, concave shape is covered in ridges. Both the ridges and generous cup created from the hollowed curve allow this pasta to capture the flavor of the sauce added to this dish.
Its ridges retain sauces beautifully, while their subtly nutty flavor enhances everything from a refined tomato-cream sauce to a traditional chunky meat ragu.
1. Bring 4-6 quarts of water to a rolling boil. Add salt to taste, if desired.
2. Add contents of package to boiling water. Stir gently.
3. Return to a boil. For authentic "al dente" pasta, boil uncovered, stirring occasionally for 6 minutes. For more tender pasta, boil an additional minute.
4. Remove from heat. Drain well and serve as desired.
Whole grain pasta is best paired with tomato or cream sauces. Pesto sauces also go well with whole grain pasta. Meat and game sauces pair well too. Green vegetables in general taste very good with whole grain pasta. Pine nuts, walnuts, chestnuts, pistachios, and dried fruit such as raisins and apples pair very well with this whole grain pasta. Cheese sauces made with Parmigiano, Grana, Asiago, Pecorino, Ricotta, Provolone, or Fontina cheese work well with whole grain pasta in terms of flavor profiles.
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