La Fromagerie first discovered Morelli Pasta on a trip to Tuscany whilst visiting Marini, charcuterie producers in Pistoia, from whom we source many of our air cured hams & salamis.
On this trip Patricia, suggested by Marini, also ventured to Montopoli nr Pisa where she met with the Moreli Pasta Family. Housed in the same old stone building down a side street since 1860 it continues to be a family-run enterprise making what we consider is the best-quality dried pasta. The secret behind their pasta is an ingredient not found in most common types of pasta, which is wheat germ, the heart of the grain itself which contains Vitamins A, D as well as vegetable protein. During the normal cereal grinding process, the wheat germ is removed from the semolina in order to reduce the perishability of the product and big factories are forced to process the flour without the wheat germ.
Using ancient craft techniques, free of both preservatives and colouring agents, it is processed traditionally as the machines slowly press the kneaded mixture after having hand rolled it on frames. Truly wholesome pasta, with a wonderfully rich flavour and perfect 'bite' and 'body' consistency
The Morelli product range includes classic pasta varieties such as wheat germ Strozzapreti and traditional types such as durum wheat Trofie and egg enriched Tagliatelle. It also produces a range of aromatised pasta varieties with specialties flavoured with basil, saffron, Boletus mushrooms and sepia (squid ink), as well as alternative grains Kamut, Spelt and Gluten Free with Mais (Corn).
The aroma of Basil, Tomato and Mushroom can be sensed all around the streets where their factory stands, and you will see racks upon racks of pasta drying in the open airy rooms. So easy to cook – this pasta takes literally a matter of minutes as it absorbs the boiling water instantly it hits the pan. It really is like tasting freshly made pasta. This is a La Fromagerie larder essential to enjoy alongside our Antica Enotria organic tomato sauces and of course our fruity 3 year aged Parmigiano Reggiano.