3 Delicious Italian Pasta Recipes

30 December, 2019
Italian pasta is one of the best known (and eaten) foods around the world. In this article, discover how to prepare it in the best ways.

Italian pasta is undoubtedly one of the most popular foods worldwide. According to Wikipedia, it’s made with wheat flour, water, salt, and eggs. Although it’s an iconic ingredient in Italian cuisine, it’s not originally from Europe.

According to historical evidence, this food originated from China but was introduced to Italy during the Middle Ages and has been gratefully accepted since then.

The texture, taste, and the dozens of possible combinations that exist, especially how easy it is to cook Italian pasta, make it a very common food in almost every household.

Italian pasta is a blank canvas for culinary imagination that gives homage to the elegance and simplicity of each of the possible preparations. Here are three super-easy pasta recipes that will wow your friends and family.

Italian pasta recipes

Many prefer to avoid pasta in their diet because they think it’s a food that contributes to weight gain. However, according to the conclusions of a recent study published in Nutrition and Metabolism, pasta doesn’t cause weight or body fat gain.

As with other foods, the key is to enjoy it in a balanced diet in moderate portions. In addition, it’s convenient to choose companions that are nutritious and low in calories. Here are some pasta recipes.

1. Spaghetti carbonara

Spaghetti carbonara.

There are so many different Italian pasta varieties out there. One of the most popular ones is spaghetti, which has long, thin, cylindrical pasta.

Ingredients

  • 4 egg yolks.
  • 150 g of bacon.
  • 1 tablespoon of salt (15 g).
  • 1 cup of grated pecorino cheese (100 g).
  • 2 ½ cups of spaghetti pasta (350 g).
  • ½ teaspoon of ground black pepper (8 g).

Instructions

  • Beat the eggs with the grated cheese and salt inside a bowl.
  • Then, carefully cut the bacon into small pieces.
  • Put everything in a frying pan with a little water and let it melt over high heat.
  • Meanwhile, cook the pasta in a previously salted liter of boiling water. When the pasta is almost al dente, drain well and place it in the frying pan with the bacon.
  • Turn off the heat and add the beaten eggs and a tablespoon of the cooking water to the frying pan.
  • Mix for about 30 seconds while stirring constantly.
  • Once ready, turn off the heat, serve, and sprinkle some cheese on your dish.

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2. Pasta alla puttanesca

Pasta alla puttanesca.

This Italian pasta recipe is from the city of Naples. It’s easy to distinguish due to its bright colors (due to its main ingredients: tomato, parsley, and anchovies).

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon of salt (15 g).
  • ½ can of anchovies (25 g).
  • Spaghetti pasta (350 g).
  • 2 tablespoons of capers (30 g).
  • 1 or 2 crushed garlic cloves (10 g).
  • 5 cups of tomato pulp (500 g).
  • 2 tablespoons of chopped parsley (25 g).
  • 1 ½ tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil (30 ml).
  • You can add 4 tablespoons of black olives (50 g) for more color.

Instructions

  • Peel and crush the garlic.
  • Then, sauté the garlic with a little extra virgin olive oil in a frying pan over medium heat.
  • When the garlic turns golden brown, add the anchovies and capers.
  • Simmer for two minutes.
  • Add the tomato pulp and cook over high heat for 5 minutes.
  • Add a pinch of salt and then the black olives.
  • Cook the pasta in one liter of boiling water. When the pasta is al dente, drain well and add the sauce.
  • Sprinkle some fresh parsley and serve.

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3. Spaghetti amatriciana, one of the best pasta recipes

Spaghetti amatriciana.

The name of this delicious recipe comes from its hometown Amatrice. This easy to make Italian pasta recipe is one of the most consumed due to how easy it is to make.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons of salt (30 g).
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar (15 g).
  • ½ tablespoon of butter (15 g).
  • 5 cups of ripe tomatoes (500 g).
  • 3 cups of spaghetti pasta (350 g).
  • 2 cups of bacon strips (150 g).
  • 1 tablespoon of ground black pepper (15 g).
  • 3 cups of grated Parmesan cheese (300 g).
  • 1 chopped and seeded red chili (5 g).

Instructions

  • Thoroughly wash and peel the tomatoes.
  • After cutting them and removing all the seeds and skin, mash them with a beater.
  • Cut the bacon into long strips.
  • Use butter to sauté the chili pepper and bacon in a frying pan over medium heat until golden brown.
  • Then, add the salt, tomatoes, and a pinch of black pepper.
  • Stir the mixture and add half a teaspoon of sugar so the sauce doesn’t turn out too sour.
  • In a separate pot, cook the pasta for five minutes. Once ready, let it sit in the water for two more minutes.
  • Drain the spaghetti and serve on a plate with the tomato sauce.
  • Sprinkle some Parmesan cheese and enjoy.

Finally, as a curious fact… Did you know that whole wheat pasta could be more satiating? This is suggested by a study published in Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, which also highlights that it contains more fiber. Therefore, we advise you to opt for whole wheat pasta.

  • Pasta. (s.f.). En Wikipedia. Recuperado el 1 de marzo de 2018 de https://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pasta
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