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All About Pasta!

By on November 22, 2012

What is it about good food that attracts us to stray from our comfort zone of tastes and let our taste buds be surprised by foreign recipes?? Is it the preparation, is it the new taste or is it simply the epiphany of tasting something new that transports us to an exotic place?? Whatever it is, in the liberalized world of the 20th century cuisines from all over the world have proliferated not only diverse regions but have also captured the hearts of people across the globe. And one such cuisine is the Italian cuisine. In fact the Italian cuisine is noted for its regional diversity, abundance of difference in taste, and is known to be one of the most popular in the world, with popular influences even augmenting to its huge menu


And the one thought that strikes the mind on hearing about Italian is the Pasta.Today it has become almost a fun food of sorts like the pizza and the chow Mein. Moms are dishing it out to their children in the evenings, wives are sharing Italian pasta recipes and try out new pasta varieties at home, and dinner parties are never complete without an exotic touch of the pasta in white sauce.


Pasta is generally served with some type of sauce; the sauce and the type of pasta are usually matched based on consistency and ease of eating. Northern Italian cooking uses less tomato sauce, garlic and herbs. In Northern Italy white sauce is more common. In fact the white sauce pasta recipes have found favour with foodies and remain a common demand in eating joints. Italian pasta recipes too come with the addition of tomato sauce as its flavouring agent. Both these sauce types are an affirment of the pasta having its influence from both the north and the south of Italy.


For those of whom wish to go a step further and make pasta in their own home and try out their culinary skills In Italian cuisine, there is one little secret :The only way to tell when pasta is done is to test. And test again. At the precise moment the pasta is ready; it must be drained, sauced and served. Turn it into a big serving bowl that has been previously warmed with a couple of ladlefuls of the boiling pasta water. Then sauce it and serve immediately. When the base pasta is at the perfect softness, any Italian pasta recipe turns out to be simply “Mamma Mia”.


Out of the plethora of Italian pasta recipes, all varying in type of preparation and ingredients there are some that have transcended the Italian shores and warmed the hearts of food connoisseurs worldwide.  “Lasagne”, a popular dish popularised even more by the lovable Garfield is a pasta recipe that uses pasta with different sauces and baked in the oven. As with most other types of pasta, the word is a plural form, lasagne meaning more than one piece of lasagne ribbons. Another kiddie favourite is the Penne, which is generally sold in the retail markets and packaged as the yummy pasta adorning our tables today is traditionally cooked and served with pasta sauces such as pesto and marinara. Penne is a popular ingredient in the Italian pasta recipe of Pasta salads.  Ravioli  is another traditional type of Italian pasta that is composed of a filling sealed between two layers of thin egg pasta dough and served either in broth or with pasta sauce and is a common white sauce pasta recipe. And also a ubiquitous serving at restaurants is pasta recipe tossed with mushrooms, broccoli and lots of cheese called Pasta in white sauce.


These are just a few of the hundreds of Italian pasta recipes to try out. Italian cuisine is such a diverse and is influenced by regions that a search for pasta alone brings up a host of different recipes. So for the foodies who have been enjoying the pasta delicacies, always be prepared for a new pasta recipe coming up for the dish is such that it tastes simply awesome even with minimal and different ingredients. After all there are very few dishes in the world that appeal to the soul, and Pasta is one of them.

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