When we eat, it is not just the taste that makes the food delicious but also the texture, shape, colour and where you are. It should be a kind of space that you’d want to be in often if not every day. Pasta happens to fall right in the middle of that mix. Just picture a bowl of smooth pasta drenched in a lovely garlic flavoured butter sauce, extra virgin olive oil, your favourite vegetables with fresh herbs sitting atop, and dash of parmesan cheese to complete it. Now, isn’t that something you could always eat, no matter what time of the day it is or what day of the week it is.
Cooking pasta is the easiest and quickest way of making a healthy, tasty and fulfilling meal. Surprised at the word ‘healthy’? (At the cost of repeating from an earlier article on this blog), it is not what you are eating, rather how much and how. Confused? Let’s make it simple.
Pasta makes the perfect delivery system for the healthy foods you should have each day. Pair pasta with a variety of nutrient-dense foods and create meals that you can feel good about. Nutritious and delicious “pasta partners” include:
If we simply categorise the different types of pasta, we end up with an exhaustive list of over 600 types. But we don’t want to bore you with the kind you’ve never eaten or probably even seen before and focus on a few common ones.
- Penne – A cylindrical pasta, this one is slightly hard and takes longer to cook but it pairs really well with chunky and cream-based sauces and vegetables. They cling to penne making it a real delight to eat.
- Spaghetti – An American favourite, spaghetti goes well with sauces that have oil or cream in them. It needs to be soft at all times so that you can slurp the long strands in all at once.
- Fettuccine – This thick ribbon-like pasta is often paired with thick meat-based sauces. One of the more popular pasta recipes is the rich.
- Lasagna – (From “lasanum,” Latin for pot) Create original Lasagna casseroles by using chopped vegetables, cheeses and any kind of sauce. You can also assemble your casserole and freeze it for a later meal.
- Macaroni – Also known as elbow macaroni, this shape of pasta is usually used to make. But you can also mix it up with some vegetables and thick cheese sauce.
- Fusilli – This is probably one of the most common shapes you’ll find and it resembles a cork screw. It’s made by wrapping thin strips of pasta around long skewers and then cutting them into multiple pieces. This type of pasta needs slightly longer to boil so leave it on for around 13-14 minutes.
- Farfalle – This shape of pasta resembles a bow tie and is slightly pinched in the centre. It’s got a large surface are which is why rich tomato or cream sauce sticks really well to its surface. Farfalle takes around 10-12 minutes to cook in boiling water.
- Shells – Shell pasta comes in many different sizes and the cook time depends solely on that. It’s got a rough texture and if left unattended after boiling, it tends to stick together.
- Angel Hair – Angel hair pasta is a thin and long kind of pasta which needs only about 6-7 minutes to cook in boiling water. It’s hollow at the centre which helps it absorb these consistent sauces. It’s easy to wrap the pasta around your fork and gulp it down.
- Ravioli – Square shaped sheets of dough are stuffed with cheese, figs, meat or vegetables and boiled. Ravioli is usually cooked with light sauces because the pasta itself is so rich. It can also be served with some olive oil/butter/cream and seasoning.