Pasta is an essential part of Italian cuisine; however, the primary ingredient is consumed worldwide with variations in the recipe, specifically the pasta sauce. The different types of pasta include macaroni, lasagne, penne, fettuccine, fusilli, etc. Following is the list of the most popular pasta dishes in different countries.
Fettucine Alfredo – Italy
Fettuccine Alfredo is available all around the world and is one of the best pasta dishes. At the same time, Italy is home to various kinds of pasta, but Fettucino Alfredo has a special place amongst Italians, specifically in its hometown Lazio. This recipe is quite easy to cook, and the heart of the method lies in the white sauce, in which boiled fettuccine pasta is incorporated.
The Italian Fettuccine Alfredo recipe requires an intense amount of cheese and cream, so it is best to consume when calorie count is off the chart. Alfredo is cooked with protein, mostly chicken, while the sauce gets prepared with butter, cream, cheese of any form, preferably Romano and Parmesan. To add flavor, toss in your favorite spices, ground black pepper, salt, garlic, and herbs. So, there you go, one of the most popular pasta dishes is yours to cook at home. If you are looking for the best Fettucine in Italy, we recommend II Vero Alfredo, Da Francesco, both located in Rome.
Mac and Cheese – USA
Mac and cheese are one of US most consumed, staple dishes. It is one of the popular 3-ingredient pasta recipes. The reason for its popularity is due to the ease in availability of ingredients and super easy procedure. You can cook it if you are an amateur or an expert-level cook. The ingredients get complex as you add more time and effort to the recipe. Still, the traditional mac and cheese recipe essentially requires three ingredients only: milk, macaroni – preferably elbow-shaped pasta, and cheddar cheese. You can garnish it with salt, pepper, and if there is a store-bought mixture, the flavor sachet can be added as well, after boiling the macaroni in milk and adding in the cheese. If you are in States, we recommend Mercer Kitchen in NYC, Parkside in Austin, and Table Fifty-Two in Chicago.
Masala Pasta – India
Masala, a Hindi word for spicy, is undoubtedly the most common term used to describe Indian cuisine. The various forms of spices: garam masala, turmeric, red chili powder, black pepper, and salt are a few essential spices used in every recipe. A masala pasta is cooked with elbow macaroni or can be done with shell-shaped pasta as well. As this is an Indian based recipe, it will only feature vegetables. However, stir-fried chicken can be added as well. The process of cooking a masala pasta is quite different, rather complex than Mac and Cheese, and Alfredo, but it is certainly worth the try. To make a masala paste, sauté onion, garlic, and cumin in heated oil, then add boiled vegetables, e.g., peas, carrots, spring onion, and cabbage. Once the veggies get fried, add salt, black pepper, red chili powder, and tomato puree. Once a sauce sort paste gets formed, add boiled macaroni. Garnish it with coriander or spring onions, and the pasta is ready for serve.
Chicken Vegetable Macaroni – Pakistan
Pakistani cuisine is undeniably similar to Indian cuisine; however, there is certainly some variation in the famous healthy chicken and vegetable pasta. To make chicken vegetable macaroni, start by stir-frying boneless chicken (cubed) in vegetable oil, garlic paste, soy sauce, salt, and pepper. Once the raw chicken is properly cooked, add in the finely chopped vegetables: green bell pepper, carrot, cabbage. To make it a sauce, use vinegar, Worchester sauce, hot sauce, chilli sauce, and oyster sauce. Once the soup-like mixture forms, add in the boiled macaroni. The super-easy Pakistani style Chicken Vegetable Macaroni is a must-try!
Fideua – Spain
Fideua is a rare type of pasta paired with seafood as protein. The fideo pasta is shorter and thinner than typical spaghetti and is an essential part of the recipe. To make a Fideua Pasta, chop green bell pepper, red pepper, onion; simmer the vegetables for 30 minutes until a gravy-like mixture forms. While this is on heat, stir fry dry fideo in a lightly oiled pan. For seafood preparation, peel the prawns or shrimps and remove their vein. Add the prawns or shrimp in the vegetable gravy; to cook the protein and toasted fideo, add fish stock and let all the ingredients simmer until the liquid is absorbed.
So, there you go, we have shared with you five most popular pasta dishes consumed globally. Learn the recipes, recreate them with the fusion of your cuisine. The recipes are curated to cater to both vegetarian and meat consuming readers.