Babbaluci a Picnicpacchi


snails (the ones you prefer) 1 kg

Peeled tomatoes (or fresh tomato sauce) 500 g

onion 40 g

Basil 10 leaves

oil, salt, pepper and sugar to taste


To make your babbaluci a picnicpacchi, snails in sauce, you will first have to purge the snails, in this article of mine I have explained step by step how to do it, you will have to purge them with a little pasta for a few days and then blanch them more times, before the final cooking in the sauce.

Once the snails have been prepared, move on to cooking the tomato sauce.

A very simple and quick sauce to prepare, make a cooking base with oil and finely chopped onion, add the peeled tomatoes (preferably fresh tomato puree), add a little water, a pinch of sugar which will help you remove the acid part of the tomato, a pinch of salt and a pinch of pepper.

Leave to cook for about 15 minutes, stir occasionally, if it dries too much add a little water. Halfway through cooking, add the basil leaves.

After 15 minutes, add the snails that you have drained, leave to cook for about ten minutes, taste and season with salt and pepper.

Your babbaluci a Picpacchi are ready… lots of good snails ready to suck as per tradition.

Nutrition Information:

A serving size of about 200 grams:

Calories: 150 kcal | Total Fat: 8 g | Saturated Fat: 1 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Cholesterol: 50 mg | Sodium: 500 mg | Total Carbohydrates: 8 g | Dietary Fiber: 2 g | Sugars: 4 g | Protein: 10 g

Frequently Asked Questions:

What are Babbaluci a Picnicpacchi?

Babbaluci a Picnicpacchi are snails cooked in a flavorful tomato sauce, a traditional dish enjoyed in certain regions where snails are commonly consumed.

Where can I find snails for this recipe?

Snails can often be found at specialty food stores or seafood markets.

Alternatively, you may be able to source them online or at farmers’ markets.

How do I prepare snails for cooking?

Snails need to be purged before cooking to remove any impurities.

This involves soaking them in water with a little pasta for a few days and then blanching them multiple times.

Can I use canned snails for this recipe?

While fresh snails are preferable, canned snails can be used as a substitute if fresh ones are not available.

Be sure to drain and rinse them thoroughly before cooking.

What type of tomatoes should I use for the sauce?

You can use either peeled tomatoes or fresh tomato sauce for the recipe.

Fresh tomatoes can also be used if preferred, just make sure to puree them before adding to the sauce.

How long should I cook the tomato sauce?

The tomato sauce should cook for about 15 minutes, or until it thickens slightly and the flavors meld together.

Stir occasionally to prevent sticking.

Can I customize the sauce with additional ingredients?

Yes, feel free to add other herbs and spices to the sauce according to your taste preferences.

Some options include garlic, thyme, or red pepper flakes for added flavor.

What should I serve with Babbaluci a Picnicpacchi?

This dish is traditionally served as a main course with crusty bread or pasta on the side.

A simple green salad can also complement the flavors well.

How do I know when the snails are cooked?

The snails should be tender and cooked through after about 10 minutes of simmering in the sauce.

Taste one to ensure it’s cooked to your liking.

Can I store leftovers of Babbaluci a Picnicpacchi?

Yes, you can store any leftover snails and sauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days.

Reheat gently on the stovetop before serving.

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