Pasta con i peperoni cruschi
Strascinati pasta with peperoni cruschi and bread crumbs
Place of originItaly
Region or stateBasilicata
Main ingredientsPasta, peperone crusco, bread crumbs

Pasta con i peperoni cruschi is an Italian pasta dish flavored with peppers and typical of the Basilicata region.


The main ingredient is peperone crusco, a dried and crunchy pepper known for its sweet flavour and intense colour, which is a popular element in the local cuisine.[1] Usually the Senise pepper variety is used, for its thin pulp and low water content which allows a rapid drying.[2]

It is served with homemade pasta like cavatelli, strascinati, or ferretti (also known as frizzuli).[3]


The peppers are cleaned with a dry cloth, deprived of the stalk and the seeds to be subsequently flash-fried in hot olive oil, flavoured with a garlic clove which is removed before the cooking. The frying takes just a few seconds, and they must be immediately extracted to avoid burns that compromise the flavour, giving an unpleasant taste.[4]

Frizzuli pasta with peperoni cruschi, bread crumbs and cacioricotta cheese

The bread crumbs are browned in the same oil. When the pasta is cooked, the ingredients are mixed, and finally seasoned with some peppers. Optionally, cheeses like pecorino or cacioricotta, and parsley can be added.[citation needed]

See also


  1. ^ "Cavatelli pasta with peperoni cruschi (Senise peppers)". 25 September 2017. Retrieved 19 September 2020.
  2. ^ "Senise Pepper". Retrieved 17 September 2020.
  3. ^ "Strascinati con mollica e peperoni cruschi". Retrieved 17 September 2020.
  4. ^ "Come si friggono e si preparano i peperoni cruschi". (in Italian). Retrieved 9 August 2020.