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The Rarest Pasta In The World Is The 300-Year-Old Su Filindeu

When you make a spaghetti dinner at home, it's simple: grab a box of noodles and a jar of sauce and you're basically good to go. Making the pasta from scratch would increase the difficulty considerably. But that would still be a walk in the park compared to making su filindeu, the rarest pasta in the world. The technique for making it has been around for more than 300 years, and only three women alive today have mastered it. Even celebrity chef Jamie Oliver threw in the towel later failing to do it right on his show, Jamie's Super Food: "I've been making pasta for 20 years and I've never seen anything like this."

The pasta's name translates to "threads of God," which should be enough to tell you this is at the very least a complicated dish. Su filindeu is made by very carefully pulling dough into 256 perfectly even and thin strands across a large circular frame. The strands are layered three times diagonally, creating what ends up looking like fragile noodle lace.

The recipe and technique was passed down for hundreds of years within the small town of Nuoro on the Italian island of Sardinia. Because the process for making the pasta is so intricate and time consuming, not many get to eat it: for the past 200 years, only those who have taken a 20-mile trip on foot or by horseback from Nuoro to the village of Lula for the Feast of San Francesco have had the pleasure. Watch the ancient pasta-making process in the video below.

Watch Su Filindeu Pasta Get Made

The process is both time consuming and extremely intricate.

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In 2010, the squid ink su filindeu won Sardinia's Porcino d'Oro prize for best dish.

Written by Curiosity Staff November 8, 2016

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