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Straw and hay pasta

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pasta paglia e fieno, straw and hay

Straw and hay, paglia e fieno

Straw and hay pasta is a classic in the Italian cuisine. Although the name refers to the color of the pasta (yellow straw, green hay), the preparation is one. To today’s standards it is a heavy dish. At least in Italy. But served once in a while, it only knows happy faces.


  • Prep Time 15 Minutes
  • Cook Time 10 Minutes
  • Total Time 25 Minutes
  • Serves 4 People
  • Calories 250 kcal


  • 250 grams of straw, 250 grams of hay pasta
  • 200 ml of cream
  • 100 grams of ham
  • 50 grams of parmesan cheese
  • 50 grams of peas
  • Half an onion
  • 30 grams of butter
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Sauté the chopped onion in butter
  2. After a couple of minutes add the diced ham
  3. Stir and add the peas
  4. Let it simmer for about five minutes
  5. Add the cream and then your fresh boiled pasta
  6. Top off with the cheese and serve hot


Straw and hay pasta is an easy dish to prepare. No use over-thinking this recipe. It is as straightforward it hurts. Using fresh peas for example is not going to improve the dish much. For exactly the same reason, use normal run-of-the-mill ham.Pasta paglia e fieno is a family dish. It hardly ever comes with wine. If you can't eat without wine, go for a full bodied one. Red, rich in tannin. This dish is so steady children can have it with a soft drink.What can you add? Mushrooms resist. Bacon on the other hand results a trifle to present. There is no room for 'prime donne' here. 

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