Ciao! Have you ever tasted something so perfect and dreamy that you wished you could have it every day? Comfort food you simply cannot live without? It's a pasta dish, isn't it? Of course, it is! I mean, who can resist this ultimate food? We for sure cannot!
Did you know that there are over 350 types of pasta? Yes, 350!! Most dry pasta types are prepared using two simple ingredients semolina + water. Do you ever wonder about the secret behind every pasta tasting different? The answer is very simple, all credit goes to the different shapes they come in, which defines their capacity to hold on to sauce!
Pasta is such a popular food choice around the world, that it also has an official day to celebrate its existence - Internationational Pasta Day - 25th of October. Now, since this special day is around the corner, we want to introduce you to some extraordinary facts about your favourite pasta types. Read on for all the delicious deets.
Farfalle is an all-attractive bowtie-shaped pasta with a name that means 'butterflies' in Italian. How cute is that?! Originating from Emilia-Romagna and Lombardia region in the 1500s, this pasta type is prepared using everyday kitchen ingredients and is produced in different colours and flavours. The bowtie shape also helps in holding on to a large amount of sauce, making any dish prepared - delectable!
Rigatoni is believed to have originated in Rome and over time has become a popular pick in the southern region of Italy. The name Rigatoni is derived from the word 'Rigato' which means ridged. It surely is a pasta type that makes its presence known on the table with its unmissable size and ability to make each bite a flavorful one.
Originating from the Campania region of Italy, Penne is one of the most common pasta types found in almost every market and grocery store. Penne is an Italian word and a quill pen inspires the name because of its shape. Like all the other pasta types, Penne also comes in a variety of types and is prepared using different combinations of ingredients. An ideal pick if you are craving pasta and plan on treating yourself to some scrumptious tomato basil penne pasta.
Tagliatelle is a speciality from the northern region of Italy and has a very special origin story. It's believed that these golden strips came into existence when in 1487, chef Mastro Zefirano was asked to prepare a unique recipe for the Lord’s daughter, Lucrezia Borgia, who was travelling to Ferrara to get married to the Duke Alfonso d’Este. Though just a myth, how fancy is that for an origin now?! Tagliatelle is prepared by rolling dough into a circle, folded over itself and cut, also giving way to its name, the Italian verb Tagliare translating 'to cut'. A must-try dish with this pasta has to be Tagliatelle Ragù Bolognese!
A pasta type that is great with any sauce, Fusilli sure knows the secret to make a dish look pretty + taste fabulous. Originally from the southern region of Italy, Fusilli was traditionally prepared by rolling and setting fresh Spaghetti around thin rods to dry. Even though the times have changed, the rod technique is still in use in many regions of Italy!
Spaghetti is a pasta type that can be prepared with very few simple ingredients yet appears to be one of the most elegant. Spaghetti gets its name from the word Spago, which translates to string in English. An ancient pasta type that is popular and loved across the globe, Spaghetti is believed to have originated in the small Sicilian town of Trabia, and the residents not only consumed but also sold a long and thin variant of the same as of the year 1154.
Although there are a lot of myths surrounding the origin of pasta, there is no denying that no one adores and prepares pasta with such love and dedication as the Italians do. So much so that it is a staple in every Italian household! Now, who can beat that?!
With all this food talk, we are seriously craving a plate of pasta deliciousness. Surely, you plan to have some too! Well, go ahead and prepare a flavourful pasta dish for dinner tonight and do not forget to tell us all about it in the comment section below.