August 29, 2021

Most Famous and Popular Pasta Dishes


Most Famous and Popular Pasta Dishes; A survey To Your Guilty Pleasures

By Mahya


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The love for Pasta is universal. From Canada to the Middle East, there is a shared passion for this remarkable Italian dish. I remember a couple of years back I was listening to a Podcast about the vital rule of having light meals over dinner, and the guy was constantly highlighting how important it was to shy away from dough, or any pastry or bread for dinner. Then he suddenly laughed and said, “except if you have pasta. If you hear ‘we have Italian pasta for dinner,’ ignore this whole talk altogether because even your health depends on that lovely dish!”

Either if the Italian pasta quote was a brief joke, or the speaker actually meant it, there is a truth about this heavenly plate: Pasta is a worshiped dish sent straight from the gods! 

Pasta is a Popular Greek Myth

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There are some stories relevant to mythology that have it that the Greek god named Vulcan designed a device that made threads of dough – the first spaghetti! If the story can’t make you believe in the magical power of the popular Italian Pasta, I don’t know what can.


Famous Italian Pasta Dishes

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Pasta, for sure, is one of the most indispensable parts of Italian culture and cuisine, and the country has made a name for itself with its numerous different kinds of pasta dishes. The Italian famous food can satisfy the variety of choices and diverse diets providing multiple receipts for a range of different pasta plates. Whether you are a vegetarian or a meat lover, there is a certain type of pasta style exclusive to your taste. Here are a list of most famous Italian pasta dishes and their ingredients:


Calm Down and Devour the “Angry Penne Pasta,” AKA “Penne all'Arrabbiata”

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The most traditional Roman Pasta has quite a spicy tone about it. Penne all'Arrabbiata owes all its fame to its sapid sauce. It includes garlic, tomatoes, olive oil, red chili peppers and parsley. Do not discount the chili pepper otherwise you end up with a non-arrabbiata pasta.  You are free to trade the penne with ziti rigati or rigatoni pastas. Before I forget, the pasta might mean angry in Italian, but it just has a spicy kick about it, nothing serious!


Spaghetti alla Carbonara, The Best Pasta in Italy

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Keeping away from exaggeration, Carbonara is considered one of the most precious Italian properties! They are actually biased about the originality of this Italian dish receipt and consider cooking a plate of Carbonara according to its original receipt as a respect to their traditions. What is this original receipt? Keep the sauce limited to the ingredients and don’t make it too creamy! For the sauce, take the classic mixture of cured pork and cheese and add enough rich egg to create the sauce, then cook it in the remaining heat of the pasta. Bon-appetit!


Troffie al Pesto Pasta Is the Italian Green-Eyed Monster

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The tantalizing Italian pesto sauce might be an unsure decision for some, but those have given it a try know how slick the dish is. The fresh basil leaves tint your garlic, coarse salt, pine nuts, grated Pecorino, Parmesan and virgin olive oil green, not to mention the mouth-watering and light aroma it creates. No wonder the dish still conquers the thought of people in Genova since the day of creation. Because al Pesto is a simple pasta with a memorable taste. It gives everyone not eating the pesto a jealous vibe.


Spaghetti alle Vongole; The Ultimate Summer Pasta Dish

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Pasta and Seafood defines fancy and fun! Spaghetti alle Vongole, AKA “Spaghetti with Clams,” unlike typical spaghetti and clam dishes in Northern American regions, this Italian dish is not made with tomato sauce. There is even a saying that spaghetti alle vongole should strictly be ‘in bianco’ (no tomato at all); In its place, many claim that Spaghetti alle Vongole has to be prepared with a “white sauce” made from garlic, white wine, and chili. Although this dish is globally available on many top-notch Italian menus, you better order this dish in a coastal city, where the existence of a sea suggests fresh clams. After all, if you are spending a summer time in Napoli, you shouldn’t leave there with a pasta dish called Vongole!


Pasta Puttanesca: The Story Behind Italian Prostitution

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First things first, Pasta is better than sex! Now let’s consider what’s with the name “Pasta Puttanesca?” There is almost no definite explanation as to why a pasta should be related to prostitution! Puttanesca, which translates roughly to "lady of the night," is simply a sauce prepared by combining anchovies, capers, olives, and other ingredients-of-choice such as garlic, red pepper flakes, chili peppers, and tomatoes. However, there is a good chance it might have had something to do with all that was going on during World War II where prostitution in Italy was not really a deed of immorality but an act of patriotism!

“It was just a part of their vernacular; it didn't have as much of a negative connotation. After World War II, you had Sophia Loren movies about it. Italian men were like, 'our gorgeous, terrific women had to resort to prostitution,'” says food historian and Italian cookbook Author Francine Segan. As she states, puttanesca is a relatively new school food. She believes that the creation of Puttanesca Pasta dates back to the last 60 or 70 years, synced with the chaotic times of World War II in Italian history.

Whatever the truce behind the name, Pasta Puttanesca remains an unbelievably lush, immediate Italian dish that makes you both nostalgic, and satisfied!


Famous Italian Pasta; Popular and Traditional

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The list of all mouth-watering pasta Italianos can continue into shaping a tome! But our unfortunate limited time leaves us selective with those few names. What do you think when you think about the best Italian pasta plate? For me, even a pasta fazool leaves me shouting, “Madonna!”