Paglia e Fieno {Straw and Hay Pasta}


Pasta makes me swoon. I could literally eat pasta every day and be a happy camper. And I wouldn’t get tired of it. I mean how could you tire of pasta? There are a zillion different possibilities. You have hundreds of pasta choices. Everything from long and lean cuts to short and sassy and everything in between. Then there is the SAUCE. The sauce is the make or breaker for me. Endless pairings possibilities, and that it what keeps me coming back to my beloved pasta time after time.Β 

I’ve been traveling A LOT lately – and I can’t wait to share those delicious details with you so stay tuned. I have to admit though. When I come home from trips I’m anxious to get back into the kitchen and cook. What do I want to cook…PASTA of course. This one is quite special. Paglia e Fieno. It translates to Straw and Hay which simply refers to the colors in the pasta which simulate the colors of what else straw and hay {we’re not going to have you eating straw and hay so no worries}.

Typically it’s made with a spinach pasta which I adore BUT I happened upon a BASIL Pasta [hello swoon found it at Tar-Jay too] and thought why not. I’m so happy I did. It’s pretty fantastic, dare I say I might like it better than the spinach {gasp} but if you can’t find basil pasta you can absolutely use spinach pasta {it’s still scrumptious}.

The sauce is creamy dreamy and very carbonara-esque puttingΒ  this one high up on my happy meter!


Paglia e Fieno {Straw and Hay Pasta}


  • 1/2 pound linguine
  • 1/2 pound basil linguine
  • salt/pepper
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 6 slices pancetta – cubed
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2/3 cup Parmigiano Reggiano – grated


  1. Place a large pot of generously salted water onto boil. When boiling, add pasta and cook until al dente. Reserve 1/2 cup pasta water. Drain.
  2. WHILE pasta is cooking, place a large saute pan over medium heat. Add butter and melt. Add pancetta and cook until crispy. Remove pancetta with a slotted spoon and transfer to a plate lined with kitchen towels. Set aside. Reduce heat to low. To pan add: cream, cheese. Stir to combine. Add pasta and crispy pancetta. Toss to combine. If too thick, add a few tablespoons of reserved pasta water to loosen.
  3. Garnish with additional Parmigiano Reggiano if desired. Serve immediately.




  1. 1

    This looks so great! Basil pasta sounds amazing, yum! Plus anything with pancetta is sure to be a winner!

  2. 2

    Yum! You know me and my love for pasta – I’m with you, I could eat it every day. There are times when I HAVE eaten it every day.

    I’ve never tried basil pasta before but I’ll be on the lookout now! πŸ™‚

  3. 3

    I am going TODAY to tarjay! I need basil pasta! πŸ™‚

  4. 4

    I’m with you…pasta for every meal sounds like my kind of treat!

  5. 5

    oh man, all my favorite ingredients! Heavy cream, pancetta, Parmigiano Reggiano… I might need to make this for lunch! I need to come visit your kitchen someday for some pasta lessons – I’m way out of practice.

  6. 6

    So deliciously pretty Paula!

  7. 7

    That photo…..I can’t….breathe.

    I can’t….move.

    I can’t….think straight.

    I need to rest.

  8. 8

    basil linguine? yum!! This sounds incredible.

  9. 9

    I love the name of this dish… it sounds so rustic and fall-like. I want you to make it for me one day Paula! xo

  10. 10

    I am in love with the name alone!!

  11. 11

    Oh, yum. I just want to curl up with a bowl of that pasta! Mmmm!

  12. 12

    This sounds lovely!

  13. 13

    This sounds simple, but sooo full of good flavors. I love that in a recipe. I could never tire of pasta either..there is just way too much you could do with it!

  14. 14

    basil pasta is a new one on me. better than the spinach? I’m sold.

  15. 15

    Straw and hay spaghetti is my favorite pasta ever! But I don’t think I’m making an authentic version…I saute cabbage in lots of butter and sage, then boil my pasta with tiny cubes of potatoes. Then, mix. What am I making? Some sort of Americanized version?
    Anyway, love yours!

  16. 16

    Simply wonderful!

  17. 17

    Wow! That really does look like straw and hay! Love! I’m sure it tastes much better though! πŸ˜‰

  18. 18

    oh gosh…you seriously use ingredients that are nearest and dearest to my heart. Now, move your butt over to this side of the coast so I can come to YOUR house for dinner! πŸ™‚

  19. 19

    I think you’ve convinced me to have pasta for dinner1

  20. 20

    Love to try different pastas and new sauces. I’m not sure if we have straw and hay spaghetti here though. I must check it after seeing these pictures!

  21. 21

    The pasta looks so good. Especially with the basil pasta mixed in.

  22. 22

    Oh Heavens- I’ll dive in after you!

  23. 23

    That looks SO good!!! Just shared it on FB. πŸ™‚

  24. 24

    My “happy meter” is off the charts after those photos and your recipe. πŸ™‚ Thanks so much, Paula!

  25. 25

    You make me wish I was still running cross country so I could carb load. Divine.

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