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Life is a Combination of Magic and Pasta

Pasta in various forms is loved worldwide. There are various types of pasta and all are a pleasure to the taste buds! Ravioli, spaghetti, tortellini, lasagna, macaroni, tagliatelle, fettuccine, linguine, rigatoni, farfalle, pappardelle, gnocchi, bucatini, cavatelli etc. are some of the common types of pasta. If you are a true pasta lover and desire to prepare a pasta dish, then take a look at these 5 simple pasta dishes that you can try at home.

Pasta al forno al 4 formaggi

Credit: Gennaro Contaldo

This is the Italian way of cooking mac ’n’ cheese, without the need to make a béchamel sauce. You can incorporate a blend of any cheeses you have in the fridge. This recipe is an excerpt from Gennaro’s Fast Cook Italian by Gennaro Contaldo.

Spaghetti Aglio e Olio

Credit: La Cucina Italiana

Spaghetti Aglio E Olio is one of the most authentic Italian pasta dishes. It can be translated as Spaghetti (with) garlic and oil. This pasta is quite humble in terms of ingredients and tastes just delicious when cooked properly. The tip is to gradually toast the garlic slices to a perfect golden-brown in the olive oil. If it's too bright, you don't get the full zest and if it's too dark it gets unpleasant.

Pasta Carbonara

Credit: Shannon Bennett

There are many different theories and stories surrounding this dish. Some of them are part-truths, some just fantasy. The only confirmed story that seems to show its worth is that towards the end of the war, in and around Rome, food shortages were at their worst ever. American and Associated troops gave out rations comprising of powdered egg and tinned Spam. The residents used these to season water and then prepared it with dried pasta.

Pasta with Sausage Ragu and Kale

Look for Italian sausages to give this sauce a truer Tuscan taste. Italian sausages are made up of 100 per cent meat, have good fat content and are subtly flavored with salt and garlic. This recipe is of Raffaella Cecchelli who runs the smallest osteria in Italy called La Tana dei Brillo Parlante in Massa Marittima. This sauce is ideal with penne, fusilli, pappardelle or rigatoni dried pasta.

Hand-rolled Pasta Strands with Anchovy Breadcrumbs

Credit: The Long & the Short of Pasta

Near to the border into Lazio is the small town of Cerveteri where there is a group of Etruscan tombs. The Italians have changed these into a piece of theatre, as they engross you in a re-creation of Etruscan life. It is here that you can find a relief sculpture of what appears to be early pasta making. The Etruscans shaped pici, a hand-rolled pasta still popular today.

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