Since 1995, when the World Pasta Congress was held in Rome (Italy) for the first time, we celebrates pasta every October 25th.
Even if Italy is the reign of dry and fresh pasta, this delicious aliment is consumed in all continents nowadays. It is a very inexpensive food and, at the same time, it is healthy and easy to cook. Pasta can also be the main ingredient in many refined recipes. Read about all types of pasta and listen to the correct pronunciation in Italian.
Bavette have the same shape as "linguine", a sort of flatted spaghetti.
Cannelloni are a cylindrical type of pasta. They are served with a filling and covered in sauce. Cannelloni can be stuffed with Ricotta cheese and spinach or with ground beef cooked as a ragù. Once they have been stuffed, they are baked in tomato sauce or béchamel sauce.
Conchiglie are named after seashells, because they have the same shape of seashells.
Fettuccine is the Italian translation of “little ribbons". It is a type of pasta similar to flat thick noodles made of egg and flour. Remember: "Fettuccine Alfredo" is not an Italian dish. It was created in the States by Italian emigrants.
Fusilli are a short helicoid shaped pasta, often translated in English as "rotini". But if you ask for "rotini pasta" in Italy, nobody will understand you.
Linguine are a sort of flattened spaghetti, also called "trenette" or "bavette". Do not call them linguini": the correct plural of "linguina", in Italian is linguine.
Maccheroni, this short tubular shaped pasta, is to be served in a tomato sauce or ragù sauce.
Maltagliati in Italian means "roughly cut". They are short wide pasta with diagonally cut ends.
Orecchiette stand for "small ears". This home-made pasta is typical of Apulia and it is served with "cime di rapa", some sort of vegetables, we could not find a translation in English.
Passatelli are a home-made pasta prepared with bread crumbs, eggs, grated parmesan cheese and nutmeg. They are cooked in chicken broth. It is a traditional dish from Emilia Romagna.
Penne are short cut pasta with a cylinder-shape. "Penne" is also the plural of "penna": pen, feather.
Ravioli are a type of filled pasta. The filling is sealed between two layers of thin egg pasta dough and they are served in broth or with sauce.
Spaghetti are long, thin, cylindrical pasta. They are an Italian version of noodles.
Spaghetti alla chitarra
Spaghetti alla chitarra are named after the guitar-like device used to cut the pasta. It is a traditional dish from Abruzzo and Apulia.
Tagliatelle are made of fresh egg pasta and shaped as flat ribbons. They can be served with funghi or with all sort of ragù
Trofie are a traditional short handmade pasta from Liguria. Traditionally they are served with "pesto" sauce.