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There are several types of Pasta that are popular among people of all ages. It is a dish that you can never go wrong with, and it can put a smile on everybody’s face with its burst of flavors. It is also one of the easiest dishes to make and takes the least amount of time to prepare. Breakfast, lunch, dinner or even a midnight snack, pasta is truly an all-rounder. But did you ever want to know how many types of pasta there are? Or how this lip-smacking dish gained popularity? Read on to know some interesting facts about it and some details about ten types of Pasta.
Pasta has been around for centuries, with people producing new recipes every day. But the fun fact is that Pasta was never an Italian dish, to begin with. It was brought to Italy by the famous merchant, Marco Polo from his venture to China. It gained even more popularity once it was infused with the rich flavors of tomato in the 19th century, especially in southern Italy. Since then, it has been travelling around various parts of the world and making people enjoy its savory flavors.
10 different types of pasta for you to try out:
This type of pasta noodles is the thinnest and resembles strands of hair, hence the name. It has an exceptionally fine texture which makes it quite easy to cook. Blend it with a few sauces and voila, your Angel Hair Pasta is ready.
Cavatappi comes in the shape of a corkscrew and has fine ridges all over it to retain the flavors better. Due to its unusual shape, it takes a little more time to cook but it is very rich in flavor.
This fancy name is for a type of flat and long egg noodles. It is very simple to boil because of its linear shape and tastes amazing with Alfredo or any thick sauce.
Who doesn’t love Macaroni? It is a hit among all pasta lovers, and it is one of the most popular forms. It’s remarkably simple to look at yet it has delivered the best recipes of all time (Hint: Mac n Cheese).
Penne Rigate or simply Penne Pasta is one of the most well-known types of pasta that is easily available and doesn’t take much time to cook. It is tube-shaped and has diagonal cuts at both ends, making its sturdy form a good base for many toppings.
These are square-shaped pasta that looks just like a pillow and can be filled with any stuffing of your choice. Fill it with cheese, meat or even vegetables and it will taste just like a piece of heaven.
This is one of the smaller forms of pasta, with its shape like that of small ears, hence the name Orecchiette, which means ‘little ears’ in Italian. Due to its bowl-like shape, it is best for absorbing all the flavors of the sauces. This tastes amazing with both meat and vegetables mixed with a heavy sauce.
Gnocchi is a soft and tiny pasta made out of a batter consisting of eggs, potato and flour. It goes well with all kinds of sauces and tastes delicious even when baked.
Shells Pasta can be prepared in various ways, depending on their size. If the shells are smaller, it will go well with soups and broths, the medium ones are suited best for casseroles whereas the large ones are reserved for baking with stuffing in them.
Farfalle’ means ‘butterfly’ in Italian and it is named so because of its ‘bow-tie’ shape. It can taste amazing as a cold pasta salad or even as a dressing for a bowl of warm vegetable soup.
So, there you go, pasta lovers, I hope you had an enjoyable time reading this blog. Here is a link to a very quick and easy Pasta recipe that you can prepare at home in no time. You can even customize it further according to your taste and preference.