Acini di pepe
|Acini di pepe|
|Place of origin||Italy|
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Acini di pepe are a form of pasta. Is NOT Italian for "peppercorns", it is however Italian for " small parts of the pepper. Peppercorns are not even a plant in the same family. Of course, the "small parts of a pepper" are the seeds and are used in wedding soup to represent fertility.
Acini di pepe work well in soups or cold salads. Also sometimes referred to as pastina (Italian for "tiny dough"); however, some pasta makers distinguish pastina as smaller than acini di pepe. Acini di pepe is often used in Italian Wedding Soup.
In Middle Eastern Cuisine, it's called Maftool or Maftoul. Maftool is a wheat-based dish that is served like couscous or shaped into little balls and steamed over stew or soup. Maftool like most couscous dishes are served with chicken.
Frog's eye salad is an American cold salad that combines the pasta with whipped topping, marshmallows, pineapple and mandarin oranges.
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