Welcome to your September dinner dream!
Really, it might not get much better than this…unless you add a large glass of Barolo.
Domenica Marchetti’s (@DomenicaCooks) Instagram post features an idyllic, September Italian wine and pasta pairing: Michele Chiarlo’s Tortoniano Barolo DOCG + Homemade Cocoa Farfalle with Hazelnut Pesto.
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@DomenicaCooks: “BENVENUTO SETTEMBRE ✨ Welcoming September with a nice dish of hand-cut farfalle 🦋 with hazelnut pesto and a glass of Michele Chiarlo Barolo🍷
I was tasked by @qbcucina and @wine_365 to come up with a pasta recipe and wine pairing. I used my double-sided pasta cutter from @qbcucina to make the cocoa-spiked farfalle (swipe to see the tool & technique) and dressed the pasta with a rich hazelnut pesto that also has a bit of cocoa in it. Really pleased with the way it all came together.
Wine pairing is generally not my forte (it’s @scottvance’s dept) so I relied on a favorite truism: what grows together goes together. Barolo is a big, elegant wine from Piemonte made from Nebbiolo grapes. The region is also known for its buttery rich hazelnuts 🌰 I had a hunch the two might go well together, and they do; the toasty nuts are a good match for Barolo’s tannins and structure.
The recipe is too long to post here, but you can find a direct link in my profile. Also, do check out @qbcucina’s selection of beautiful Italian-made pasta tools. And if, like me, you’re not always confident about wine, check out @wine_365 for advice on how to choose, plus good tips for seasonal food & wine pairings.
(BTW you can find Piemontese hazelnuts online @gustiamo)”