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Italian Pasta Recipes: Not Just Spaghetti

By Shelley Lindt

Even if pasta itself wasn’t actually invented in Italy, Italian pasta recipes are usually displayed as the standard for everyone else to live up to. One of the reasons, apart from the delicious taste of these dishes, is their versatility. They can move from winter to summer with ease, from dark and heavy to light and herbal. On a cold, snowy evening you may want nothing more than a hearty macaroni and cheese dish, but as spring arrives, bring out the tomatoes and the light herbs.

Even the name of pasta primavera loosely refers to spring. But some claim it isn’t really Italian, since it was introduced to American society by Le Cirque restaurant in New York. Yet according to Foodreference.com, the chef there received it from the painter and writer of Italian cookbooks, Edward Giobbi. So it may be one of the genuine Italian pasta recipes after all. This spaghetti dish uses the first tomatoes of spring, with fresh basil, parsley and garlic, and extra virgin olive oil, making it a lovely lighter dish for the emerging springtime.

Pasta pomodoro is another Italian pasta recipe well suited to the springtime. The flavor of this dish resides primarily in the pomodoro sauce itself, which begins with the typically Italian combination of tomatoes, garlic and olive oil. Beyond those basic ingredients, you can add others to your taste, including sauteed onion, mushrooms and peppers, or even some meats. This dish is said to go especially well with poultry, so you might want to add chunks of cooked chicken to the sauce.

Another popular choice is the pasta salad, which can be as light or heavy as you want it to be. Some recipes are as simple as tossing some pasta with fresh tomatoes, feta cheese, olives and basil. There are more complicated versions as well. Epicurious.com has a wonderful recipe for Italian sausage pasta salad which includes a sautee of sausage, broccoli, and zucchini tossed with fresh tomatoes, parmesan cheese, olives and wine. But pasta salads also lend themselves well to vegetarian recipes as the sausage dish could easily be adapted to be meatless.

You can use all sorts of different pastas, and will discover that there’s a method to their amazing variety of shapes and sizes. The different shapes will actually affect how sauces are retained or even how other ingredients are held together. Between the different types of pasta and the Italian pasta recipes themselves with their variety of creamy, tomato-rich, vegetable or meat-filled sauces, you can create full meals, side dishes or light salads, covering almost any mood, weather condition or time of year.

For the ultimate in pasta dishes, you can’t beat the taste and texture of fresh homemade pasta. If you’re ready to take your love of pasta to the next level, click here to learn about the advantages of a pasta rolling machine, and the difference between a hand crank pasta roller and an electric model.

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