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Published December 27th 2012
Pasta provides an optimal solution for many when it comes to curing hunger in an immediate fashion. One such dish that provides the ever-growing vegetarian population of London with a great feed at an affordable price, is the flavoursome Penne Giardiniera at Carluccio's.
The pasta, which is made to perfection, uses Pugliese penne teamed with courgette, chilli and fried spinach balls with parmesan and garlic. A great combination of flavours.
The spinach balls are an interesting treat that I have never quite tasted before and provide a great addition to the delectable dish. They add a tang of spice and crispiness and work very well with the penne and courgette. A final sprinkling of parmesan and cracked black pepper provide the finishing touch to an otherwise unique and winning cuisine.
The best aspect about this dish is not just the overwhelming taste the combination of garlic, spinach, courgette and chilli leave on your tongue, but the feel-good fact that every Penne Giardiniera that is sold in any of the 45 Carluccio's establishments, includes a discretionary contribution of 50p to Action Against Hunger made on your behalf, which has led to raising £650,000 for the cause since August 2007.