Tuscan Food: The White Truffle

White truffles pasta, so simple yet so exclusive: Why?

White Truffles Pasta, the most delicious and the simplest of all pasta dishes to make… is also the most exclusive and possibly (therefore) the most romantic pasta you can eat…Why? a short investigation into this very special Tuscan pasta dish, by Amanda Atkins of Siena House Tuscany.

The White Truffle is choosy about where it grows…

As I imagine most readers would be aware, the enigmatic White Truffle does not grow on trees and is most certainly not found in the average supermarket – not even in a very good one.  Fresh white truffle is, frankly, just too special and it’s not only the incredible flavour that makes this magical little tuber so very desirable.  In addition to spoiling rapidly – meaning they don’t store for long – white truffles can be a very difficult ingredient to find… not only because you need to know where to look – but because there are only a few zones internationally where they occur.

Dogs are used to sniff out these enigmatic tubers

Let’s break the tradition somewhat and look at the ‘how to make’ or ‘method’ part of our recipe before the ingredients list. This is important – as you will understand when you read what it takes to source your ingredient – once you’re done with all of that, you will be happy that you opted for an easy cook.


Cook the pasta to your personal taste, drain and toss in plenty of warm melted butter.  Add finely sliced White Truffle and combine, serving with plenty of Fresh White Truffles finely shaved on top.

Sounds easy? it is. The problem (but also a lot of the pleasure) you see – is in finding the White Truffles. So onto the more complex part of the equation, the ingredients:


So, pasta of course – Tagliolini or spaghetti work fine.  Most significantly you need some white truffle – that’s what our ingredients list is really about – what is required to actually find those 

  • 1-3 dogs with special training
  • A pocket full of doggy treats
  • A special digging tool
  • A very special type of soil
  • A very special location
  • Luck and Patience
  • Oh yes, and for this variant you really should be in Tuscany.



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