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Wednesday, June 3, 2009

All about Pasta


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Pasta (Italian for "dough") is a generic term for Italian variants of noodles, a food made from a dough of flour, water and/or eggs and served with sauce / seasonings....

Some of the popular type of Italian dishes are....
  • puttanesca (garlic, diced onions, anchovies, chili peppers, black olives and diced tomatoes)
  • pasta alla norma (tomatoes, eggplant and fresh or baked cheese)
  • pasta con le sarde (fresh sardines, pine nuts, fennel and olive oil)
  • spaghetti aglio
  • olio e peperoncino (literally with garlic, olive oil and hot chili peppers)
  • fettuccine alfredo (served with cream and cheese)
  • spaghetti with tomato sauce (with or without ground meat or meatballs)
There are approximately 350 different shapes of pasta including the following:
spaghetti (solid, thin cylinders),
maccheroni (tubes or hollow cylinders)
fusilli (swirls)
lasagne (sheets)
Two other noodles, gnocchi and spätzle, are sometimes considered pasta

Pasta is categorized in two basic styles: Dried and Fresh.
  • Dried pasta made without eggs can be stored for up to two years under ideal conditions
  • Fresh pasta will keep for a couple of days in the refrigerator.
Pasta is generally boiled and served with various types of pasta sauce.
  • In Northern Italy, common pasta sauces are pesto and ragù alla bolognese, which usually adds meat to the sauce.
  • In Central Italy, there are simple sauces such as tomato sauce, amatriciana and carbonara.
  • Southern Italian sauces include spicy tomato, garlic, and olive oil, with the pasta often paired with fresh vegetables or seafood.
Pasta can be classfied into various categories like...
Click on the individual type of pasta, for details.
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