Only Three Women Still Make the Rarest Pasta on Earth


From albino sturgeon caviar to cronuts, food usually seems to taste better when it’s hard to come by. But the rarest pasta dish on Earth isn’t likely to become a foodie sensation anytime soon: Su filindeu (literally “God’s wool”) is only made by three women living on the Italian island of Sardinia.

Newser recently shared the video below, which follows the preparation of the recipe step-by-step. The pasta, a dish that’s been passed down through a line of women tracing back three centuries, isn’t especially complicated. The dough consists of semolina flour, water, and salt. Stretching it out is the tricky part. The dough needs to be pulled and folded eight times to create the delicate, hair-like stands. From there the noodles are draped over a circular surface in crisscrossing layers and left out to dry in the sun.

Served in the traditional style with mutton broth and pecorino cheese, the dish looks like what you’d expect to find in a typical Italian grandmother’s kitchen. Sadly the pasta is anything but typical—if you want to try it while it's still around you'll have to book a trip to Sardinia.

[h/t Newser]

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