How to Make (and Buy) the Best Italian Pasta

How to Make (and Buy) the Best Italian Pasta

Alessandro Clemente

The key to making the best Italian pasta at home is to follow the traditional ways of Italian grandmothers. In this blog, we have shared the three most popular pasta types and recipes as enjoyed by the natives - unadulterated and 100% authentic! Plus, tips from our top chefs about buying pasta.

Italy, the land of art, food, and wine, is renowned for its delicacies, far and wide. Today, this love for Italian food has made its way across the European continent, mesmerizing the far west.  Pizza and pasta, undoubted ambassadors of the Italian cuisine, are the No.1 choice of people around the world, and food-lovers have welcomed them into their kitchens too. 

With the growing popularity of pasta, the keenness to know its various types and master the art of cooking it the authentic way has grown too. If you’re one of those people touched by the Italian food finesse, here are the three most popular types of pasta and recipes of cooking them the authentic way at home! You can buy italian pasta online to save both money and time.

3 Popular Italian Pasta Types and Recipes     

   1. Spaghetti - Long, cylindrical, thin pasta 

Popular Recipe: Aglio e olio

Italian grandmothers say, “no two aglio olios are alike”. And, we agree because nonna is always right! So, we brought the most classic recipe of Spaghetti Aglio e olio you’ll ever read. 

Ingredients:

  • Kosher salt - To taste
  • Dried Spaghetti, like Conte - 1 pound 
  • Good olive oil - 1/3 cup 
  • Thinly cut slivers of garlic cloves - 8 large 
  • Crushed red pepper flakes - 1/2 teaspoon 
  • Minced fresh parsley - 1/2 cup 
  • Freshly grated Parmesan cheese - 1 cup, plus extra for serving

Instructions:

  1. Boil water in a large pot and add 2 tablespoons of salt. Then, add the pasta and cook for 8-10 minutes. Before draining excess water, set aside 1 1/2 cups of the same water.
  2. Then, take a larger pot and heat the olive oil over medium heat. Put garlic and frequently stir until it turns light golden on the edges (about 2 minutes)! Add the red pepper flakes and quickly stir for 20 more seconds. Now add the set-aside 1 ½ cups of pasta-cooking water to the pan and bring to a boil. Lowering the flame, put 1 teaspoon of salt, and let it simmer until the liquid is reduced by a third.
  3. Now drain the pasta and add to the garlic sauce. Toss for about 5 minutes. Put the pan off the flame, and add parsley and Parmesan. Toss well again and allow the pasta to rest. This will ensure that the sauce is absorbed well. Serve warm with extra Parmesan on the side.
  4. Your authentic, delicious Italian pasta Aglio e Olio is ready!

You can also try the same recipe with a hollow variant of Spaghetti, called Italian bucatini pasta!  

   2. Penne - Cylinder-shaped pasta, cut diagonally on both ends 

Popular Recipe: Penne all'arrabbiata 

Famous as the ‘spicy tomato sauce’ or ‘red sauce’ pasta, penne all'arrabbiata is a classic Italian pasta recipe! It is an ideal weeknight supper, not only in Italy but also in America.

Ingredients:

  • Extra virgin olive oil - 6 tbsp + an extra dash 
  • Medium hot chilies - 2, finely sliced
  • Garlic cloves - 2, chopped
  • Basil leaves - a handful 
  • Canned tomato - 600g, chopped 
  • Salt - To taste
  • Fresh penne pasta - 400g
  • Parmesan shavings 

Instructions:

  • In a frying pan, heat the olive oil on medium flame. Add chili and garlic, and stir quickly for about a minute. Then, add the basil leaves and stir for about 30 more seconds to sightly wilt them.
  • Set aside the chili, garlic, and basil. Add chopped tomatoes to the same pan. Cook for 2 minutes.
  • Then add the chili, garlic, and basil back with the tomatoes. Let simmer for at least 8 more minutes.
  • The sauce will thicken a little. Now, add salt to taste and stir once.
  • Meanwhile, boil the pasta for a few minutes; then drain the excess water (as explained in recipe 1). Add pasta to the tomato sauce. Toss and serve with shavings of Parmesan. 
  • Try gluten-free penne Italian pasta online for a healthier meal!

       3. Fettuccine - Long, flat, ribbon-like pasta 

    Popular Recipe: Fettuccine Alfredo 

    This delicious Italian pasta is a delight for cheese lovers.

    Ingredients:

    • Dry fettuccine pasta - 24 ounces 
    • Butter - 1 cup 
    • Heavy cream - 3/4 pint 
    • Salt and pepper - To taste
    • Garlic salt - 1 dash
    • Romano cheese - 3/4 cup, grated 
    • Parmesan cheese - 1/2 cup, grated
    • Parsley - 2 tbsp., chopped  

    Instructions:

    • Boil a large pot of water; add salt and stir. Add dry fettuccine, and let boil for 10 minutes, until slightly firm when bitten.
    • Drain excess water.
    • Melt butter in a large saucepan over low heat; add heavy cream and stir. Add garlic salt, salt, and pepper. Turn the flame to medium heat, add romano and parmesan cheese and stir. Let melt completely to thicken the sauce. 
    • Add fettuccine pasta to this sauce and cook until thoroughly coated on low heat. Garnish with parsley.
    • Serve immediately.

    You can buy Italian pasta fettuccine online at great discounts to save a few bucks! 

    Why buy Italian pasta online?

    Because it saves time, effort, and trips to the grocery stores. And, it’s cheaper; deals available on Italian pasta online make it even more affordable. Plus, doorstep deliveries are a cherry on top!

    So, order your favorite pasta online and get ready to try the nonna-approved pasta recipes at home!

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