Who doesn’t love to eat pasta? Whether you have it with a pesto or alfredo sauce, it doesn’t matter. Food that is made of flour and eggs or water and molded into strings or other shapes, a.k.a. noodles, has been around for millennia. In one of the most well known speculations of how pasta came to be in Italy, it is said that Marco Polo, the renowned Venetian adventurer, brought the noodles he found from China to Italy. Pasta has become a restaurant favorite of many people. Pasta is the staple food of Italy and can be either fresh or dried. Dried pasta is usually produced commercially whereas fresh pasta is made fresh and is usually handmade. Here, we will talk about Top 10 types of pasta that is used in the modern world, Because of its big and diverse variety and also the fact that there are over 100 types of pasta.

Penne

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Penne is short cut pasta that is widely popular with pasta dishes and can be enjoyed with a variety of different types of pasta sauce. It is medium-sized pasta with a hollowed tube and has a diagonal end at both sides. The fact that they have a cyndrical shape, allows the sauce they are added in to actually get inside the pasta and the narrow version also allows the sauce to stick to its surface, making every bite of it rich and yummy!

Spaghetti

Perhaps one of the most commonly used pastas in the world; spaghetti reportedly originated in China, and was imported to Venice by way of the popular merchant traveler Marco Polo. Spaghetti is a long, thin and strand-like pasta which looks very similar to noodles or ramen. For dishes, usually, tomato and meat- based sauces are preferred with this type of pasta

Fusilli

Fusilli is a short-cut pasta which is shaped in the form of a corkscrew. These types of pasta have a spiral shape and the name comes from an Italian word Fuso which means spindle.  Also, is most commonly served with tomato sauce and cheese.

Tagliatelle

Tagliatelle is a long length pasta from the regions of Emilia-Romagna and Marche in Italy. This pasta is shaped as flat ribbons and is quite similar to fettuccine. While it may be served with a variety of sauces, the best options for this type of pasta is to serve it with meat or Bolognese sauce.

Fettuccini

Fettuccini is a long pasta and the name means little ribbons. The pasta has a long and thin shape similar to tagliatelle. It is more commonly used in Roman and Tuscan cuisine.

Lasagna

Famously known as Garfield’s favorite pasta, lasagna originated in Naples and is a medium length pasta which is flattened and cut in rectangular shapes. Lasagna is usually eaten with layers of fillings of choice (various sauces, cheeses and other ingredients) which is served as a sort of casseroles. While lasagna can also be served as small rolls or even soup.

Macaroni

Macaroni or known as Maccheroni in Italy is pasta cut into small tubes. Maccheroni is commonly used in baked pasta dishes, soups, or tossed with cheese or vegetable sauces like in pasta alla norma. One of the most famous dishes made using macaroni is Mac and cheese.

Ravioli

Ravioli comes from the word “raviolo” derived from the word “ravvolto”, and that means “bundled up”. Ravioli are pasta which is cut into small rectangles which are filled with cheese, meats, or vegetables and other assortments. Ravioli is usually served with a sauce or a broth.

Gnocchi

Gnocchi is a pasta which is also a type of dumpling. Made from a mixture of dough, cheese, potatoes and breadcrumbs, the mixture is beaten and cut into small pieces and cooked in boiling water. Gnocchi is mainly served as an entree but is also sometimes, served as a side and it often features potatoes, spinach, ricotta, eggs, or cheese or simply pan fried with butter and sage

Vermicelli

Vermicelli is long length pasta which has different shapes. In Italy, it is thicker than spaghetti whereas, in USA and India, it is much thinner and is more delicate. As with other types of pasta, it is commonly served with a wide variety of sauces, both thick and thin.