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Primo Estate
11 March 2024 | Primo Estate

Rigatoni with Crispy Guanciale

We believe that a good plate of pasta has the power to uplift the soul.

This month's recipe is one of those dishes.

It's a delicious combination of crispy guanciale, rich pecorino, and savoury fava beans

The result is a vibrant Summer dish that will leave you smiling. it's spectacular with a glass or two of Merlesco Merlot.


  • 400 g rigatoni pasta
  • 300 g fresh fava beans (aka broad beans)
  • 150 g guanciale, diced
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 100 g pecorino romano cheese, finely grated
  • JOSEPH Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper


1. Blanch the beans in boiling water for 1 - 2 minutes, then transfer them to a bowl of cold water to cool. Peel off the tough outer skin of each bean and set aside.

2. Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Add the rigatoni pasta and cook according to the package instructions. Drain the pasta, reserving a cup of the pasta water.

3. In a large frying pan, heat a drizzle of olive oil over medium heat. Add the diced guanciale and cook until it starts to become crispy, about 5-7 minutes. Remove the guanciale from the skillet and set it aside, leaving the rendered fat in the skillet.

4. In the same pan, add the chopped onion and cook until softened and translucent, about 5 minutes.

5. Add the cooked rigatoni pasta, fava beans and guanciale to the pan . Toss everything together gently, adding a splash of the reserved pasta water to loosen the sauce if needed.

6. Remove the pan from heat and stir in most of the grated pecorino romano cheese. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.

Plate with a final sprinkle of pecorino and a drizzle of JOSEPH Olive Oil.

Enjoy with a glass of juicy Merlesco Merlot! The wine's fresh berry flavours are the perfect compliment to this savoury pasta.

Time Posted: 11/03/2024 at 3:46 PM Permalink to Rigatoni with Crispy Guanciale Permalink
Primo Estate
26 February 2024 | Primo Estate

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Time Posted: 26/02/2024 at 2:24 PM Permalink to The 2023 Virginia Vineyard Red is here! Permalink