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Linguine, fettuccine, spaghetti, tortellini—you name it; the types of pastas (like all good things) are endless. And although we think every day should be National Pasta Day, there is one day devoted to this classic, hearty dish - and it’s coming up on October 17th!
So, as if we even needed another reason to celebrate pasta, here’s how to honor National Pasta Day the best way—Italian style.
It seems only fair to start off with the predecessor of a classic, fan favorite—mac and cheese. Though its literal meaning is ‘cheese and pepper,’ Cacio e Pepe is so much more than its seemingly simple ingredients.
Once you choose your pasta (we recommendegg tagliatelle,bucatini, orspaghetti), the key to mastering this dish lies in perfecting the sauce. The secret? Skillfully mixing the pepper andPecorino cheese with the pasta’s hot cooking water to soften the cheese. Once melted, you’ll have an irresistibly creamy sauce to coat each strand.
Though Americans love spotting the word ‘Bolognese’ on a menu, you wouldn’t find it in Italy. In fact, depending on where your nonna is from, you probably know this thick meat sauce as a Ragu. As a variation of Ragu, Ragu alla Bolognese or Bolognesesauce is the most popular version of Ragu and is a long-cooked, meat-based sauce.
With tomatoes as one of its main ingredients, this pasta is also simmered with finely chopped onion, parsley and celery. Combine your slow-cooked, rich red sauce with a fresh pasta such astagliatelleorfettuccine for a pasta sure to make even your nonna proud.
Meat, eggs, cheese—meet pasta. Pasta, meet your favorite ingredients. For pasta carbonara, the main ingredient is egg yolk, which is paired withpancetta (some recipes use bacon) andPecorino cheese - sometimes also mixed withParmigiano Reggiano. Whilespaghetti or tagliatelle are the traditional choices for this velvety sauce, feel free to go alla carbonara with other noodles such asrigatoni or fusilloni.
Another quick recipe, pasta puttanesca, doubles as the perfect dish for large groups or a starter with a few friends. Made with ingredients you likely already have on hand, this aromatic melange includes tomatoes, capers, anchovies, andolives to give it its unique flavor. Combine yourputtanesca sauce with anangel hair pasta orspaghetti for a quick, savory pasta your palate will swoon over.
Pasta al pomodoro (pasta with tomato sauce) is the most classic of all Italian first courses. More than just a symbol of Italian cuisine, pomodoro is the mother lode of pasta sauces and a part of the national identity. For a quick, crowd-pleasing dinner, you can buy yourpomodoro sauce or make it yourself!
Usinghigh-quality tomoatoes, puree them in a blender and add 1/2 cup of the pasta water back into the sauce, pair withspaghetti orbucatini and voila! Sometimes the most simple things in life are the best, and this sugo is definitely a sensory experience you’ll never forget.
At Ditalia, we know the holiday season can get a little hectic. That’s why we make things easy with everything you need to celebrate National Pasta Day - straight to your door! Experience the best of artisan pasta and sauces with this delightful7 piece gift basket. This introduction to Italian pasta includes select sauces from the Casina Rossa Collection and hand-made pastas such as Liguria and Puglia. Finding this gift basket on your doorstep feels like a holiday in itself!