La Chitarra & Troccoli Pasta Recipe

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The Chitarra is a simple old world wood pasta maker mostly found in Puglia. Traoccoli a traditional pasta of Puglia is made with the Chitarra.

Go to the blog post to learn more about La Chitarra and troccoli.

La Chitarra: An Old World Pasta Maker That Creates Music

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Servings: 4 Servings


Cost per serving $2.45 view details
  • 1 lb troccoli
  • 10 sprigs fresh basil
  • 3 ripe large tomatoes, deseeded and chopped
  • 1/2 cup dry chick peas (soaked overnight)
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cube beef bouillon, dissolved in water (1 cup per cube)
  • 1 small eggplant, cut into 1” chunks
  • 1 small zucchini, cut into 1” chunks
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 10 sprigs Italian parsley, chopped
  • 1 pepperoncino, soaked in olive oil
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste


  1. If you are using dried beans, place 1/2 cup beans in water overnight, they will double in size. Put them into the sauce for the last 15 minutes of cooking. If you are using canned beans, add them at the end only for a few minutes.
  2. Place the olive oil in a pan and sauté the onions and garlic until the onions are translucent. Add the chopped pepper, zucchini, pepperoncino and eggplant and continue to cook for 5 minutes more. Add the tomatoes, basil, and bouillon in the pan and cook for about 20 minutes or until the vegetables are cooked. You can add a little wine, more bullion or a little pasta water if required. In separate pan cook the troccoli in salted water for 3 to 5 minutes until al dente.
  3. Mix the sauce with the troccoli and sprinkle parsley over the top of the pasta before serving. Put a nice piece of Parmesan cheese on the table for people to grate over the dish.
  4. Go to the blog post for information on La Chitarra


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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving %DV
Serving Size 504g
Recipe makes 4 servings
Calories 425  
Calories from Fat 259 61%
Total Fat 29.45g 37%
Saturated Fat 4.09g 16%
Trans Fat 0.0g  
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 222mg 9%
Potassium 1174mg 34%
Total Carbs 35.81g 10%
Dietary Fiber 13.4g 45%
Sugars 12.31g 8%
Protein 9.73g 16%
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  • kathy gori
    This looks so rustic and delicious!
    • Pattie Meegan
      Oh Patricia! So many lovely memories of cooking with my Nonna- this is just as she would make. Lovely!
      xoxo Pattie


      • Claudia lamascolo
        August 31, 2010
        wow what a wonderful combination of lovely healthy everything in this dish looks fabulous~
        • Patricia Turo
          August 25, 2010
          Pattie Meegan,

          The recipe was given to me by the owner of the restaurant and she took me into her restaurant kitchen and she actually made it for me. This was her mothers recipe. However it the making the the pasta with the Chitarra that is the fun part and really an inexpensive pasta machine that makes making homemade pasta easy.

          Where does your Grandmother come from?


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