Mocskos tészta – Dirty noodles

by | Nov 23, 2016 | Noodles

Though its name doesn’t exactly inspire confidence, mocskos tészta is one of the best pasta I have ever eaten. If you read the ingredients, you may think this dish is a product of new food trends, but it isn’t true. Dirty pasta is an old peasant food that comes from the rural areas of Hungary.

And why is it dirty? Because the cooked pasta is combined with shiny black plum jam, which is ideally homecooked and contains no added sugar. You may find the pairing of sweet plum jam and smoked bacon odd, but trust me, it’s extremely delicious. You can dust the pasta with powdered sugar before serving, but it’s not essential as plum jam is sweet enough.

Mocskos tészta - Dirty noodles
Mocskos tészta – photo: zserbo.com
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Hungarian cottage cheese

This is what Hungarian túró looks like

You often ask me what kind of cottage cheese (or curd cheese or farmer's cheese - call it what you want) I use in the recipes. In Hungary the store-bought cottage cheese is dry and crumbly as you can see in the picture. So if a recipe calls for túró, I mean this type. If you can't obtain túró, you can try to make your own from whole milk. Click on the link below.

Metric system vs cup

In Hungary metric units are in use, all the recipes on this website are based on this system, so a kitchen scale is necessary. Since I’m not familiar with cup as a measurement unit, I convert grams to cups by using an online converter. The values in brackets, therefore, are only approximate volumes, so, please, double-check them before you start cooking.

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