Lorighittas pasta with “purpuzza” sausage
orighittas is a very distinctive typical Sardinian pasta, prepared mostly for the holidays and only in Morgongiori, a small village in the Marmilla region. It takes hours and hours of work to prepare lorighittas, entirely by hand. It looks like a twisted spaghetti, folded up into the shape of a ring.
It is seasoned with a sauce known as purpuzza, coarsely minced pork seasoned with salt, pepper, vinegar and spices, and sprinkled with fiore sardo pecorino cheese. Fiore sardo is a cheese made from whole sheep’s milk, and its name comes from the juice of the thistle flower (used to make it curdle), or from the wooden moulds with a flower carved on the bottom that left a veritable brand on the cheese.