Pasta is a staple food of traditional Italian cuisine and is among the most popular food in the world. Made from unleavened dough of wheat flour, there are many different types of pasta that come in many different shapes, names, sizes, and colors. Some estimate that there are actually 600 individual types, and while knowing them all would be nearly impossible, we thought we’d narrow it down for you. Are you ready to be adventurous with this Italian food-staple? Great! Here are 25 Deliciously Amazing Types Of Pasta You’ll Want To Try.
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Manicotti are very large pasta tubes usually ridged, that are intended to be filled with various stuffing (seafood, meats, salads)and then baked topped with the traditional Italian white Besciamella sauce made with Romano or Parmesan cheese. Despite the large size, Manicotti is a very light (and delicious) dish.
Bucatini is a thick spaghetti-like pasta with a hole running through the center. These 25–30 cm (10–12 inches) long tubes are usually cooked for 9 minutes and then served with buttery sauces, pancetta (bacon) or guanciale (cured pork), vegetables, cheese, eggs, and anchovies or sardines.
Tagliatelle 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.
Traditionally made at home, Ravioli come in a shape of filled pasta dumplings. 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.
Meaning “Twins” in the Italian language, Gemelli is a twisted pasta that is commonly served with lighter, smoother sauces (e.g. pesto) 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.