Italy is the reign of dry and fresh pasta, but 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 of their names in Italian
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, the perfect shape to incapsulate loads of sauce.
Fettuccine is the Italian translation of little ribbons. It is a type of pasta similar to flat thick noodles made of eggs and flour. Remember: Fettuccine Alfredo is not an Italian dish. It was created in the States by Italian emigrants. Do not try to order it in Roma or Venezia
Fusilli are a short helicoid shaped pasta, often translated in English as rotini. But if you ask for rotini pasta while visiting 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 is linguine.
Maltagliati in Italian means badly cut. This type of pasta looks like ribbons cut diagonally in very irregular pieces.
Pappardelle are a fresh pasta similar to wider fettuccine.
Penne are a type of short cut pasta with a cylinder-shape. The word penne also means pens, feathers.
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.