Love Italian Food ? You Will Love These yummy Recipes
Italian food is in top 5 most beloved and popular cuisines in the world. Everybody has tasted pasta, pizza, macaroni or gelato at least once in their life. But, besides these popular dishes, have you tried something else? Here, we have some interesting pasta recipes that you should definitely try.
These are long, flat pasta ribbons made with eggs. Its texture is porous and rough, making it ideal for thick sauces, generally made with beef, veal, pork, or rabbit. Another popular version of Tagliatelle serving is with truffles, olives and vegetables. Of course the olive oil is a must too.
Traditionally made at home, Ravioli come in a shape of filled pasta dumplings. This is one of the most beloved home cooked meal in Italy, and if you put a little effort you can make it yourself. They are usually square, though other circular or semi-circular versions also occur. The stuffing varies with regions. In Rome, for example, the filling is made with ricotta cheese, spinach, nutmeg, and black pepper. In Sardinia, Ravioli are filled with ricotta and grated lemon rind.
Translated as “twins”, Gemelli is twisted pasta that is commonly served with lighter, smoother sauces (like pesto for e.g.) which will cling to the twists. Sometimes called “the unicorn horns“, Gemelli is also a perfect choice for a pasta salad, or paired with various types of tomato sauces.
These ones are “butterflies” of course because of their shape. Farfalle are among the most popular pasta types and they come in several sizes but always have the distinctive bow tie shape. Though usable with most sauces, Farfalle are best suited to cream and tomato dishes. They exist in different varieties such as plain, tomato, or spinach. These are often sold together in a mix, recalling the colors of the flag of Italy (green, white and red).
The “little ribbons” are flat thick noodles made of eggs and flour. They are similar to Tagliatelle but a little bit wider. Especially popular in Roman cuisine, Fettuccine is often eaten with beef or chicken ragu. The most common dish featuring this pasta type is “Fettuccine Alfredo“ which consists of fettuccine tossed with Parmesan cheese and butter.
It seems that every pasta in Italy has a name based on its shaped, in this case “flower”. Fiori is often used in pasta salads but it also goes well with meat sauces, fish-based sauces, or robust tomato-based sauces.
This is a cylindrical type of pasta generally served baked with a filling and covered by a sauce (the name means “large reeds”). Popular stuffing for cannelloni usually includes spinach and ricotta or minced beef. The sauces typically used with this pasta are tomato sauce (underneath) and Besciamella sauce (on top).
These little spiral pasta is another bellowed Italian dish. Due to its unique structure, Rotini binds more sauce with it adding more flavor to the dish. They are often used in pasta salads with pesto, Carbonara or tomato-based sauces.
Or more popular as “seashells” or just “shells“, Conchiglie is a type of small-sized durum wheat pasta. You can find it in different colors such as tomato extract, squid ink or spinach extract.
You are probably guessing what the name means and yes they got the name after radiators – old heating fixtures (common in Italy and Europe). The specific design is to maximize the surface area for better adherence. Because of the intricate shape, they work well with thicker sauces but can also be found in casseroles, salads, and soups.
These are large, very broad, flat pasta noodles. The fresh types are two to three centimetres wide and may have fluted edges. This pasta is typical for the Tuscan region, and match well with most of tomato as well as meat based sauces but they can be also served with mushrooms, Parmesan cheese or ragu.