We've teamed up with the folk at NINE ELMS, the wine alternative experts, to create a 2-course Italian dinner kit that you can keep in cupboard for last minute entertaining, or one of those evenings where you want a special meal, but it's the end of a very busy day and energy levels are low. This kit provides almost everything you need for a starter and a main course that is tasty and authentic, is made with high quality ingredients and requires very little effort to prepare. Start by pouring yourself a glass of NINE ELMS No. 18 with a large splash of tonic water and a slice of orange, and enjoy this refreshing aperitif drink with some rich and buttery Sicilian nocellara olives. Then simply toast some thick slices of crusty bread (ciabatta or sourdough is ideal), and spread with our spicy tomato bruschetta topping for a traditional Italian appetiser. Now it's time for the main event. Boil the bronze dried spaghetti in a large pan of salty water, then choose from either a creamy courgette and ricotta or a rich cacio cheese and pepper sauce. Stir the sauce into the pasta, season with some fresh herbs and serve. Enjoy this with a large glass of NINE ELMS No. 18, and notice how the flavours of this versatile drink evolve with the meal.
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- NINE ELMS No. 18 An award winning, intricately crafted non-alcoholic drink for lovers of good food, and a satisfying alternative to an alcoholic beverage. NINE ELMS No.18 has great acidity, with mouth watering tannins and a good long finish. This sensorial depth is achieved by skilfully blending the juice of 4 types of berry with botanical extracts and distillates of 20 different flowers, herbs and spices. Interested? We were, and when we tried it we found it both delicious and surprisingly different, with a really unique flavour which has the versatility to adapt eating occasions. As an added bonus it contains no added sugar, and is only 20 calories a glass!
- Nocellara Sicilian Olives Olives are a traditional accompaniment to an aperitif drink in Italy. These are Nocellara olives from the 'Valle de Belice' area in Sicily, one of the most prized varieties, and protected by a DOP certification. They are supplied by TerraMia, a farming cooperative with a special story. In 2014 three Sicilian entrepreneurs invested in a factory confiscated from the Mafia, to create a business dedicated to transforming olives into gourmet food products. Their aim is sustainable business, with respect for the environment and the consumer, and artisanal methods that guarantee maximum authenticity and consistency.
- Bruschetta Rosso Piccantino (Bruschetta Topping) A spicy tomato and pumpkin topping for toasted crusty bread, perfect for a starter course.
- Spaghetti alle Chitarra This is an ancient pasta variety that has been popular since medieval times. It is named after the tool used to make it which is a frame with a series of parallel wires crossing it called 'chitarra' or guitar. The pasta dough is placed on the 'chitarra' and pushed through so that the wire strings of the 'guitar' cut it into strips. The pasta makes would bring down the cut dough by passing their fingers over it, as if they were strumming a guitar. It's a thick spaghetti with a square cross section. Iozzino use 100% Italian wheat and the water of their local spring to make their bronze drawn pasta. The bronze die and the slow drying give the pasta a rough texture that is a perfect vehicle for your sauce.
- Salsa zucchine e ricotta (courgette and ricotta sauce) This sauce is a delicate blend of courgettes and mint with creamy ricotta, rounded off with pistachios and black pepper. The summer scented sauce is great poured straight onto pasta, cooked al dente and well drained, and seasoned with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and a sprinkle of parmesan cheese.
- Salsa Cacio e Pepe (cheese and black pepper sauce) This 'cacio & pepe' sauce is a full-bodied tomato based sauce with an intense flavour of cacio cheese and black pepper. It's inspired by a simple and tasty Roman recipe that combines a lightly fried onion, fresh tomato pulp, extra virgin olive oil and a shower of cacio cheese and black pepper. A pinch of parsley is added at the end of the cooking process. All you need to do is open the bottle and pour it over your pasta!