Penne with salsa cruda: A new pasta to discover!

In this day and age, when new always seems to be in, it’s refreshing to discover something so old can be useful and relevant.  And at the dinner table this is such the case with a pasta that was actually cultivated 12,000 years ago!  On my hunt this week for fabulous food finds, a pasta called Einkorn was lost in time with new varieties of wheat were created by natural and commercial hybridization. Luckily it’s been rediscovered, and the Jovial first ever Einkorn Pasta is as near as your grocer’s shelf.

I’m particularly fond of its high fiber content without tasting heavy and grainy as many whole grain pastas tend to be.   And this nutty tasting pasta has twice the antioxidant value than of regular whole durum wheat and its beautiful deep orange red color comes from its high lutein content. And that’s good news; as if lutein has anything to do with better eyesight ( as the science strongly suggests), oh what a sight this pasta will be gracing your next meal.


1 ½ pounds large ripe tomatoes
2 garlic cloves, minced
3 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 cup fresh sliced basil
1-2 Tbsp capers, drained

1 pound Jovial Inkorn Pasta penne

1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil.  Add the tomatoes for 30 seconds.  Lift the tomatoes out of the water, peel off the skins, and seed them.  Chop the tomatoes coarsely. Set them in a bowl and set aside.

2.Prepare the pasta.  Bring a large pot of water to a rapid boil. Add 1 Tbsp Kosher salt.  Add the penne and cook until al dente, about 7-8 minutes.  Drain the pasta well.

3. Combine the tomatoes with the garlic, 2 tablespoons of the olive oil, fresh basil and capers. Mix well.

4. Toss the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil with the cooked penne.  Mix in kosher salt just to taste.  Mix together the salsa cruda with the cooked penne and serve. {Optional: top with shards of Parmesan.}

All photographs and recipe testing courtesy of Olga Berman from Mango & Tomato.

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