CASTAGNO ORGANIC PASTA
"An excellent wholemeal pasta with a lovely firm texture, a customer favourite" David Latto, chef at The Gleaners Cafe E17.
The story of Castagno pasta is one of passion and enthusiasm for quality products. In the early 1900s Pietro Castagno started work at his mill. The mill is now located in the splendid natural setting of Val Sangone, in Piedmont, a region in northwest Italy. Piedmont sits at the foot of the Alps and borders France and Switzerland.
This is a family business that began over a hundred years ago and now produces more than fifty four different types of pasta using quality raw materials. Everything from the storage of raw materials and finished products to the milling, extrusion, flaking, packaging and labelling is done in a 17000 square metre plant near Turin.
In the 1970s advances in technology allowed the expansion of mass production and the use of more chemicals. Bruno Castagno and his wife Maria decided to concentrate all their efforts in the creation of organic products, making them one of the first Italian companies with a 100% focus on organic products. The three children Bruna, Franca and Pietro joined the company.
The Castagno family are passionate about the protection of the environment and seventy per cent of the electricity used is produced by using hydro-electric power.
In order to retain all the nutrients the Castagno pasta is slow dried at low temperatures. The following are examples of some of the different types of pasta produced by the Castagno family.
500g organic durum wheat penne
500g organic durum wheat fusilli
500g organic durum wheat spaghetti
500g organic durum wheat macaroni
500g organic durum wheat conchiglie (shells)
500g organic durum wheat fusilli tricolor (with beetroot and basil)
500g organic durum wheat angel hair (thin noodle)
500g organic durum wheat linguine (flat noodle)
500g organic durum wheat risone (ideal for soups)
250g organic durum wheat tagliatelle (nests)
500g organic whole durum wheat penne
500g organic whole durum wheat fusilli
500g organic whole durum wheat spaghetti
500g organic whole durum wheat macaroni
500g organic whole durum wheat risone (ideal for soups)
500g organic spelt penne
500g organic spelt fusilli
500g organic spelt spaghetti
500g organic whole grain spelt penne
500g organic whole grain spelt fusilli
500g organic whole grain spelt spaghetti
250g organic whole grain spelt lasagne
250g organic 100% green peas fusilli
250g organic 100% chickpeas fusilli
250g organic 100% green lentils fusilli
250g organic 100% red lentils fusilli
250g organic 100% three legumes fusilli
250g organic 100% red adzuki sedani
250g organic 100% corn fusilli
250g organic 100% whole grain buckwheat fusilli
Some of the above are also available in catering packs of 5Kg.
Pasta can be served as an appetiser, main course, or side dish. It can be eaten with chicken, meatballs, vegetables, cheese, fish, shellfish. The options are endless and so are the shapes.
Italian cuisine offers much more than just pizza and pasta. However, a large proportion of Italians eat pasta either every day or almost every day. The Castagno family with their wonderful products and with such a large variety of pasta and specialities such as the chickpeas fusilli, corn fusilli, red adzuki sedani, spelt spaghetti etc, enable us to enjoy a real Italian dish on a regular basis.