Nuclear Pasta Recipe: Angel Hair with Carrots
October is National Pasta Month and today is World Pasta Day, so it seems fitting that scientists recently discovered the strongest material in the universe—nuclear pasta, an exotic substance that exists in ultra-dense dead stars called neutron stars.
According to an article in Newsweek, "Neutron stars form when the core of a massive star collapses under the weight of its own gravity. What emerges is a star that has around double the mass of the Sun crammed into a 20km-wide sphere... Because of the immense gravity, the outer layers of neutron stars freeze solid to form a crust that surrounds a liquid core. Below the crust, protons and neutrons compete and end up forming long cylindrical shapes or flat planes. These have become known as 'spaghetti' and 'lasagna'—or nuclear pasta."
Given this exciting discovery, Barilla Executive Chef Lorenzo Boni decided to get creative and make his own version of nuclear pasta, using Barilla angel hair pasta , carrots, red bell peppers and Romano cheese. A few pieces of Barilla Collision orecchiette pasta and some sprinkles of pastina make the perfect garnish for the plate. Try it for dinner tonight—it's out of this world.
Recipe and Photo Credit: Barilla Executive Chef Lorenzo Boni
1 box Barilla angel hair pasta
6 tbs. extra-virgin olive oil, divided
2 carrots, peeled and diced into small pieces
2 red bell peppers, diced into small pieces
½ cup Romano cheese
Salt and black pepper, to taste
Ingredients for the Garnish:
A few pieces of cooked orecchiette pasta
2 tbs. pastina, cooked and drained
1. Turn on the oven and set to 450 Fahrenheit.
2. Season the carrots and peppers separately with two tbs. of extra-virgin olive oil, salt and pepper.
3. Place the seasoned vegetables on a sheet pan and roast in the oven (about 20 minutes).
4. Cook pasta according to the package directions and then drain and toss with remaining olive oil and cheese.
5. Garnish with vegetables before serving.