For you Italian speakers out there, please bear with us. You see, "monnezza" translates to "garbage", but we assure you that this pasta from Casina Rossa is anything but!
They call this pasta "odds and ends" and we think that's just right. Inside the package is a mix of all of the "pasta corta", or short pasta, that they produce. There's farfalle and fusilli, rigatoni and radiatore, all mixed up and ready to cook!
We love to use monnezza for Macaroni & Cheese - a creamy béchamel, loaded with nutty Gruyere, creamy Fontina and salty Parmigiano, tossed with the cooked pasta and topped with toasty, herbed breadcrumbs.
It also makes a wonderful and fun pasta salad. Cook the pasta, drain and allow to cool for a few minutes. Toss with fresh diced tomato, capers, artichokes, loads of chopped basil and cubes of fresh mozzarella. Dress with a simple dressing of extra virgin olive oil, red wine vinegar and salt and pepper.