Storage: Store cocoa penne in an air-tight container or bag kept in a cool, dry place.
Up to two years unopened, several months once opened.
To prepare cocoa penne, simmer it in boiling water until al dente (approximately 9 minutes). Drain off the water and serve the pasta with your choice of sauce…it works especially well with cream sauces.
Try pairing chocolate pasta with nuts (especially peanuts, almonds and hazelnuts), dulce de leche, fresh mint leaves or mint syrup, crème fraiche, ginger, sweet chocolate (milk, dark or high quality white chocolate), cinnamon, all sorts of berries, dried fruit (especially dried apricots or cherries), citrus zest (especially orange), candied citrus peel or candied citrus slices.
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Believe it or not, cocoa pasta can also blend nicely with savory and even spicy foods like dried chile peppers (either spicy like japones or de arbol chilies or mild & fruity like anchos), game meats (especially venison & wild boar), peppercorns, and some poultry.
If you would like to add the flavor of peppercorns without introducing too much heat, try blanching them first as we did in this steak au poivre recipe.
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