Made in Oklahoma, Della Terra Pasta was listed last Christmas in New York Magazine as a must have for holiday baskets, and now they are at Super Cao Nguyen.
But also, there is a ribbon linguini, a Taiwanese Pumpkin Noodle, which are under 3$ for a set of about 12 nests.
Super Cao Nguyen has great options for experimental cooking, and like their peer, Buy For Less, they often carry unusual or highly varied goods, fresh and canned.
Super Cao Nguyen has a very well staffed full fish monger and butcher which will prepare individually selected items as the consumer wishes. They sell smaller cuts of meat, skin on and bone in on the regular grocer shelves at affordable prices for singles or couples, small families.
Since the pumpkin noodles were a find, other general soup ingredients had been bought.
This is what went in the soup, which is part of my ongoing office competition to make a simple meal in the Crockpot, for a hot lunch.
Pumpkin Noodle Soup
Turn on the Crockpot in HIGH
Clean and dry 2 chicken leg quarters, with back meat ( this was under $2)
Cover this with water.
Add salt to taste, this was about 1TBSP.
It is OK to merely roast the chicken without the water, in the pot, and either way, it takes about 3-4 hours to complete.
1/2 bunch scallions cut in diagonals, into the green
1 Tbsp fresh minced garlic
1 Tbsp dry Thyme, probably 2 if fresh
2 Tbsp Herbes de Provence
1 1 Tbsp dried onion
1/2 cup diced sweet potato
1 cup fresh or frozen peas added AFTER the pasta completes cooking for COLOR and texture.
When the chicken is done, remove and debone and deskin, dice. I only used half of this meat, and froze the other
I strained the chicken broth, of debris and returned quickly to the pot. The liquid was boiling at the point the chicken was removed.
I then added 3 cups of microwaved water to boiling and about 1/2 TBSP salt
Then let that boil again, about 30 minutes.
Added about 4 of the nests of pasta, which took about 25 minutes more, for al dente. By this cooking method, these noodles become a thin dumpling. So the noodles will cook in that broth, and served from that broth.
When the noodles are done, serve the soup. Good with fresh sliced apples and cheddar or a green tossed salad.
This was good.
Had I seen the noodles first, I would probably have either used cubed Calabasa squash or true pumpkin chunks instead of the potato, and spice would be changed to sage, or if daring use pumpkin spices like nutmeg, cinnamon and mace for a sweet soup.
This made about 5 cups.