I was recently sent a new pasta product from Sharpham Park to try out and it gave me the perfect opportunity to finally try a recipe from Gino D’acampo’s ‘Gino’s Pasta’ book.
As any regular reader will know, I’m a big pasta fan and have been making a lot of fresh pasta recently. I was a bit unsure about this product as it is made from spelt – an alternative to regular grains and suitable for people with a wheat intolerance. Not knowing much about spelt I wasn’t sure what to expect, but reading up, spelt is reported to have certain health benefits and is also a superfood. I used the Spelt Campanelle Artisan Pasta. It cooks in 7 mins, a little quicker than conventional dried pasta and it also looked really pretty too 🙂
I bought Gino’s Pasta a while ago but this is the first time I’ve had chance to make one of the recipes. I opted for penne all’emiliana (or Penne with peas, rosemary and white wine) but substituted the penne for the spelt pasta.
The recipe was really easy to follow and I really enjoyed the end product. I didn’t notice a huge difference in the pasta – the texture was very slightly different but I enjoyed it.
There are lots of recipes in the book that I’m looking forward to trying. They range from full Italian three course style dishes, to on the go pasta and sweet pasta. The photography throughout is great too.
As for the pasta, it seems like a good option for those who suffer with wheat allergies and it tastes good but at £3.99 a bag it might be a luxury treat as opposed to a cupboard staple. Sharpham Park also sell a wide variety of spelt products including cereals, flours and biscuits.