There are over 250 different types of pasta all over the world, including some of your favorites. But many of these pastas are complementary which only vary in shapes and sizes. You can’t find other brands in your market because these are only limited in specific areas, such as the pasta that you only find in the best pasta restaurants in Italy. So whether you’re preparing homemade pasta as a standalone dish or as an add-on, here’s a list of most popular pasta consumed worldwide!
Fusili is one of the most popular pastas worldwide and it comes in various colors,such as green and red. It is a 3-edged spiral shaped pasta that is produced commercially in large quantities. The color is rendered by its juice content: green for spinach juice and red for beetroot juice. As one of the largest exported Italian pastas, Fusili is often prepared in pasta, salad and soup dishes.
Spaghetti is a well-known pasta both in Europe and North America that comes in thin, long and cylindrical shape. It is commonly made in semolina and water, and served with tomato sauce. Bolognese and spaghetti with meatballs are one of the most favorite dishes worldwide because they are easy to cook and are perfect for breakfast and snacks.
Farfalle, known as bow-tie pasta, is an Italian pasta with a unique design. It is available in various shapes and sizes, and is often served with tomatoes sauces. The name was derived from Italian word “farfalla”, which means butterfly.
Rotini comes in a helix shape that quite resembles Fusili pasta. The difference is that it is much tightly packed and is shorter in length. Because of its shape, it’s excellent for grasping sauce, making it more enticing to eat. Rotini is often served in salads with pasta sauce.
Macaroni is probably the most popular pasta in the world that is often served with a hot delicious sauce. It has a hollow shape that is slightly bent at the ends. Macaroni is traditionally made with eggs and is eaten with almost anything. Today, it goes along well with melted cheese and pasta sauce, and is often prepared for breakfast. In fact, it is most loved by children! You can also make your pasta dish healthy by adding vegetables.
Manicotti is relatively larger than other popular pastas and it comes in a ribbed tube shape. Because of its unique design, it is more favored by chefs to serve with different types of stuffing, including red meat, seafood, salads or combinations of pasta and cheese. Though it looks like a heavy dish, it is actually light and can be easily digested.
Vermicelli has gained popularity in Asia and Middle-East. Made from wheat and rice flour, this pasta comes in a long, thin and worm shape. In China, they have Vermicelli variant called Chinese noodles and is consumed with liberal dip soup, cheese toppings and green onions. In India, it is served as a sweet dish or a part of their dessert.
Lasagne is most popular in North America and Italy. It comes in sheets of varying sizes with variants of ripples on the sheet. In North America, people serve lasagne as layers of pasta sheets, pasta sauce and cheese and it is sometimes topped with seafood or meat. It is often baked, mixed with various ingredients to come up with flavorful taste. Here at Pasta e Sapori, we create your lasagna from scratch, check out our menu here.