Every Sicilian family makes their homemade St. Joseph Pasta slightly different. Some use eggs, some use white flour, some use semolina , and others use a combination of both. The combination of ingredients and the pasta’s thickness really determines both the taste, and texture of the final traditional pasta dish. The St. Joseph “Goranza” is traditionally made with Cauliflower fava beans, chic peas, and fennel frauns. Some Sicilian families add several kinds of beans and some add the stalks and bulb of the anise. Like all Italian and Sicilian recipes ….each family has their own twist. Many make this pasta extremely thick and heavy, I do not. Over the years I have developed this pasta recipe and mastered the technique of making it. If your looking for a pasta recipe that’s tender and delicious this is the recipe to follow….Even The Godmother of Gloucester “Sefatia” gave it the 2 thumbs up. She loved it so much she took 5 lbs. home after last years feast celebration.
This year we made 130 lbs. of Pasta, for our St. Joseph Feast, which we will be celebrating this Saturday. 130 lbs. of pasta may sound like a lot but, part of the tradition for me to keep alive is the tradition of send family and friends home with a container of St. Joseph Pasta. I can vividly remember a long line of people waiting with containers in hand during my Uncle Mike and Aunt Vincie’s St. Joseph Feast Day. A line from her stove in the kitchen, went through the house, out the front door and down the street 2 city blocks. People waited hours to get a potion of blessed pasta. For the past few years I decided to take that tradition one step further, and send my family and guest home with a bag of dried pasta, and small container of St. Joseph Goranza, so they can prepare and enjoy it one more time at home. It has become the grand finally of our feast day. Everyone waits in line for their opportunity to digs into the giant containers of stored pasta. Each fills a plastic bag up with homemade dried pasta, and heads to the kitchen to pick up their container of Goranza by the stove top. This new tradition is another Gift Of Gold that I hope to pass on to the next generation!
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