What better way to start the new year than with a TIP for what pasta to pair with your winter game or mushroom based sauces.

We are lucky to have a hunter friend who provides us with wild boar from Abruzzo every december. Once Pino has prepared the meat and created a sauce, it is up to me to come up with a pasta that will tie it all together.

Whether you are meat eater or a vegetarian, this tip for 'winterizing' your pasta is not only fun but delicious and will surprise anyone sitting at your table.

Instead of going with a regular yellow egg based pappardelle (remember they should be cut to 12mm wide, 1-2mm thick and 200mm long) why not change things up a bit and add a tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa powder to your 500g '00' flour / 275g egg mix!

Not only will the color of your pasta better accompany your hearty game sauce (or a porcini mushroom base for vegetarians) but the subtle chocolate aroma combines well with and brings out the favors of wild game or mushrooms.

Buon Appetito!

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