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Pasta !

Pasta is a staple food in traditional Italian cuisine, and is available the world over. There are more than three hundred different kinds pasta are produced in Italy. The pastas are usually classified according to the flour used to make them and also their shape. There are mainly two basic styles of pasta-

1. Fresh Pasta - fresh pasta is usually made with durum wheat and egg. Fresh pasta can be made at home or it can also be bought in the freezer section of supermarkets..

2. Dried pasta- dried pasta is made from durum wheat and water. It is available in packets in most supermarkets.

I buy both dried and fresh pasta from the local organic stores.

Some commonly known pasta are :Spaghetti ( long straight pasta), Tofe rigate Penne, Ziti, Fusilli, Lasagne, Linguine, Rotini, Ravioli (stuffed pasta), Macaroni (elbow shape), Farfalle (butterfly shape)etc.... In my kitchen, some of the pastas are as follows-

Penne                                            Rotini
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Macaroni                                          Conchiglie
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Lasagna                                          Spaghetti
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Sauces for pasta- There is a variety of sauces made for pasta such as pesto sauce, butter and sage, Aglio Olio, white sauce with cheese, etc. Outside Italy, and outside Europe, two sauces are most commonly known- 1 Tomato sauce (Marinara sauce) and 2 White creamy sauce (Alfredo Sauce).

If you want to know more about Pasta please check wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pasta .

Best Wishes,

Basil Lemon Pasta Basil Lemon Pasta- My kitchen graden is in full swing. There are plenty of peppers, herbs, greens, and specially tomatoes....I am trying my best to either use these veggies and herbs or distribute them to friends . I try my best to make different dishes from same veggies so family is not bored. This Basil lemon Pasta is a creation from homegrown tomatoes, bell pepper, and basil.
Paneer Pesto Paneer Pesto- Pesto is a very popular Italian sauce made with fresh basil, pine-nuts, garlic, parmesan cheese and olive oil. Many of my readers, who don’t wish to use cheese in their cooking, have been asking for a substitute pesto recipe. Here is a paneer based pesto sauce recipe. Those who want to make a vegan pesto, can replace paneer with tofu. Pesto is traditionally prepared in a mortar and pestle; I have made pesto ...
Garden Vegetable Lasagna Vegetable Lasagna-Lasagna usually stuffed with different fillings, topped with sauce and a layer of cheese, and baked. For this recipe I have used wheat and semolina lasagna. I have layered the lasagna with assorted vegetables in white sauce, topped it with marinara sauce and mozzarella cheese, and baked it in the oven. This delicious Italian delicacy can be served as main course. Enjoy this rich Italian lasagna and please do not forget to share your feedback.
Pasta With Pesto

Pasta in Pesto Sauce-Pesto is a very popular Italian sauce made with fresh basil, pine nuts, garlic, parmesan cheese and olive oil. Pesto is traditionally prepared in a marble mortar and pestle. Penne is a very famous variety of pasta that can be easily found in most supermarkets. So try delicious Penne with Pesto sauce.....


Pasta Salad– My brother loves salads. He has been asking me to upload some new varities of salad. So here we are on my brother's special request - Let us make a delicious and healthy Pasta Salad. I have used semolina penne pasta, and some home grown veggies. Please feel free to use your favorite veggies.....


Baked Macaroni With Marinara sauce-There are different ways to make baked Macaroni. I like to bake elbow Macaroni in marinara sauce with Parmesan cheese and then top it with Mozzarella cheese and bread crumbs. I have used wheat Macaroni for this dish to make it healthier. ......


Rotini with vegetables-Rotini is a helix or corkscrew shaped pasta. This pasta dish is a very nutritious as it has veggies in it and it is seasoned with red chili flakes which provide an additional zing. Try out this hot pasta and do not forget to write your valuable comments....


Spaghetti Alfredo-Spaghetti is a very common variety of pasta. This is an easy to make recipe for spaghetti in Alfredo sauce. Alfredo sauce is made with butter, fresh heavy whipping cream, and Parmesan cheese. You can also add nutmeg or black pepper to season the sauce. Try out this exotic Italian pasta dish.........


Penne With Marinara sauce-Penne is a very famous variety of pasta that can be easily found in most of the supermarkets. Marinara sauce is an easy to make sauce. This sauce is made of fresh Roma tomatoes, flavored with fresh basil leaves, and seasoned with freshly ground black pepper and salt. So try delicious Penne with Marinara sauce....

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