We’ve made pasta by hand once in our lives and it was one of the most painstaking, meticulous cooking processes we’ve experienced. The payoff between hand-made and store-bought was night and day, however, making it all worth it in the end. We have to wonder, how would the world’s rarest form of pasta taste?
Great Big Story paid a visit to Paola Abraini, one of the only people left on the planet who knows how to create this rare form of pasta.
Called su filindeu, the pasta is said to have been around since the beginning of time, and exclusively produced in Nuoro, Italy. While the process of creating the pasta is meticulous, the ingredients themselves are simple: durum wheat semolina, salt, and water.
The idea is to create incredibly thin pasta threads through precise hand motions. It’s then placed on a wooden surface to dry, resembling a woven piece of cloth.
Knowing how to make su filindeu has been a well-guarded family secret, passed from mothers to daughters, for hundreds of years.
You can see bits of Abraini’s pasta-shaping technique in the video above. This looks so delicious. Gotta appreciate all the centuries it took to perfect this pasta.