“Candele” pasta (candles) , typical of southern Italy, are long tubes of pasta (usually about 18 inches!)

they are often broken by hand into a more manageable size before being thrown into the pot of water,

IMG_1652-Today, we made ours nice and long (22″!)and are leaving them whole,

Layering them with a mushroom bechamel,  pomodoro and ricotta and then its off to the oven!

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I’m fairly certain, this will make the “things that didn’t suck in 2013” list!  

Also Today:

Spaghettini, with Spicy Squid Ink Sauce!

Lumache, with house made Italian Sausage and Tuscan Kale