A traditional farmer dish, cooked with simple ingredients offered to us from the land itself. It has become the gastronomic symbol of the Valtellina, its authenticity also winning over the most demanding of palates.

The dish is the most renowned of Valtellinese cusine. The pasta dough is made by mixing buckwheat flour, durum wheat flour and common wheat flour with water.

It is traditionally served with a sauce of cubed potatoes and greens, often either savoy cabbage (aka kale), Swiss Chard or spinach, layered with Valtellina Casera PDO cheese and flavoured with a drizzle of butter and garlic.


In the past, pizzoccheri were made exclusively by hand.

Nowadays they are made by using a specific machine, guaranteeing food hygiene, without comprising their unique taste in anyway whatsoever.

This traditional recipe is preserved at the Accademia del Pizzocchero in Teglio.

Pizzocheri come from the centre of Montagna in Valtellina, a comune in the Province of Sondrio in the Italian Lombardy region. Historically, it is the birth place of this dish thanks to the extensive cultivation of buckwheat dating back to the 15th century.


Consortium of the protection of “Pizzoccheri della Valtellina PGI”

The Consortium of the protection of Pizzoccheri della Valtellina was founded in 2018 with the aim to value and protect the Pizzoccheri della Valtellina pasta, which had been recognised as a PGI product in 2016.

The Committee associates the 5 main producers of Pizzoccheri della Valtellina PGI dry and fresh products. 96% of today’s market is in Italy, and the remaining 4% in Switzerland and other Non-EU countries including the USA, Canada and Australia.

To find out more visit: www.pizzoccheridellavaltellina.eu

Recipe

Pizzoccheri alla Valtellinese

Ingredients for 6 people

  • 500g of pizzoccheri,
  • 300g of potatoes, cut into cubes
  • 250g of butter
  • 300g of savoy cabbage, Swiss Chard or spinach, chopped into small pieces
  • 500 g of half-fat dairy cheese (Valtellina Casera DPO), sliced
  • 150g of grated cheese
  • 2 cloves of garlic (or sage leaves)

Method

Bring a pan of 1,5 litres of salted water to the boil; add the cubed potatoes and the chopped vegetables. After about 5 minutes, add the pizzoccheri and cook for another 12-15 minutes.
Meanwhile, lightly fry the garlic (or sage if preferred) in the butter.
Remove the pizzoccheri and vegetables with a ladle, arranging them in a casserole dish in alternating layers with the sliced half-fat cheese and the grated cheese.
Pour the melted butter mixture over the pizzoccheri evenly.
Serve on pre-heated plates and season to taste.

Recommended wine

Inferno – Valtellina Superiore DOCG.

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