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Shifting pasta shapes into a new dimension

Kiwi music legends Shapeshifter have come up with a recipe to share with their fans. This recipe takes inspiration from the band’s style of gigs – something a little bit impressive, but still totally summer casual. 

With “Cacio e Pepe” being the height of food fashion lately, meaning cheese and pepper, we thought we could offer this super easy variation on a simple cheese and pasta dish.

Ingredients:

  • 500g of fusilli caserecci pasta (thinner and more tightly “twisted” than regular fusilli), alternatively use spiral pasta or spaghetti
    A dozen asparagus
    1 tablespoon of butter
    A small mountain of grated parmesan (about 200g)
    Salt and pepper for seasoning

Method:

Bring a pot of water to the boil.

Take a dozen asparagus stalks, holding at the base and halfway along, and bend till the asparagus snap. Discard the thicker part and keep the tips. Cut the asparagus into 2-3cm pieces.

Put fusilli caserecci pasta in the pot, followed by the asparagus, and boil for 9 minutes. When both the asparagus and pasta are cooked, remove and strain. 

Return to the pot and add butter, a small mountain of grated parmesan, a dash of salt and liberal amounts of pepper, and serve hot with a side salad and a delicious glass of Sacred Hill wine! We suggest the Sacred Hill Reserve Savignon Blanc.          

Handy Tip:

If you want to ‘NZ’ it up a bit and add that classic summer flavor, you can barbeque up the asparagus with peppercorns to add some zing!


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