Types of Pasta
The easiest meal to whip in a flash, pasta noodles only take roughly 10 minutes to prepare. In some homes that cater to just one or two people, there’s always a stock of pasta up the shelf for dinners in a flash. There are recipes too, that takes more time and a little bit of love, but nevertheless, it still is a meal enjoyed by young and old. For some cultures, long pasta means long life, hence its appearance in birthday parties and weddings. Some cultures serve spaghetti or noodles in birthday parties. Children now associate it with happy occasions, hence, making it a dish to always look forward to.
Generally speaking, pasta is made up of flour (sometimes rice) and water mixed to form unleavened dough and pressed to form different shapes like bows, sheets, strips, strands, twists, and so on. Eggs, cereals, and grains may be added as well as vegetables like spinach and beetroot, to give color and flavor boost. There are also healthier or less sinful versions made up of whole wheat and organic ingredients. Also in tune with gluten-free and vegan diets, vegan and gluten-free pasta are already available in supermarkets and health supply stores to cater to all dietary restrictions.
Pasta comes in different shapes. Spaghetti is a common form. Angel hair is very thin and takes only a few minutes to cook. Fettuccine are flat long shapes while lasagna,Garfield’s favorite dish comes in long sheets. There is also pasta shaped into bows and twists, usually in salads or rich meat sauces. Attractive shapes like alphabet shapes or number and fun shapes like rocketships, flowers, stars, and cartoon character-inspired shapes are available, usually to attract children. Ravioli may be homemade or commercially-bought and these are examples of stuffed pasta and the filling may be made from meat, vegetable, or cheese. These are cooked and tossed with sauce of choice.
They also may be made fresh in the kitchen, as recipes using fresh pasta are available online. The dough may be cut by hand using a knife, or fed in a pasta-making machine. These types of pasta must be used right away or stored in a refrigerator in an airtight container. Dried pasta is what is easily and commercially available and these keep for a longer period of time in storage. With these types in mind, the next step would be determining which recipe to do and the shape to use, as depending on the recipe and the sauce, certain types of pasta are better recommended to use.