Gnocchetti Sardi are known as ‘Malloreddus’ in Italy and are a shape of pasta typical to the Italian region of Sardegna (Sardinia). Not to be confused with potato gnocchi.
The term malloreddu literally means “baby calf” in the local language dialect. This may seem like a strange name for pasta. The reason is that in the agriculture, calves have always been seen as a sign of abundance, especially if they were well fed and a bit on the “chubby side”. The shape of this pasta is rounded, just like a chubby calf.
Gnocchetti are very easy to make, especially if you already know how to made gnocchi, as they are shaped using the same method. Rolling each piece of dough over a fork with the side of your thumb.
GNOCCHETTI MADE TO ORDER
At Pasta Nostra USA, we make each gnocchetti by hand and are ready to create a bunch of them to your particular specification. All you have to do is decide on a flavor, send us your order and we will do the rest.
You can also ask at one of our stores where we can arrange for them to be delivered for pick up.
Gnocchetti are perfect for large parties. On one of our visits to Agerola, Italy, we enjoyed a sagra at which hundreds of people were invited to enjoy a plate of gnocchetti. Behind the scenes the chef was boiling and stirring a pot full of it while a young man worked hard turning the uncooked pasta to avoid it sticking together. Team work!
Decide on preparing gnocchetti for your hungry team. Rest assured that a little goes a long, long way. There’s no better way to satisfy a hungry crowd.