Pasta is one of the best-known dishes in Italian cuisine. This simple staple food comes in many varieties and adding different ingredients and sauces completely transforms pasta into a diverse range of dishes. Some of the most popular Italian pasta dishes are as follows.
1. Pasta Alla Bolognese
This is one of the best-known Italian dishes, though the traditional version varies somewhat to international variations of this dish. Traditionally, the sauce is made from tomatoes, garlic, olive oil and minced pork.
2. Spaghetti all Carbonara
This is another popular Italian dish that has many variations. The original recipe includes eggs, cheese, and pancetta. Many people have modified this dish to include ingredients including cream, bacon, and mushrooms.
3. Trenette al Pesto
Originating from the northwest of Italy, this pasta dish has a basil-based sauce. Other ingredients include pine nuts, cheese, garlic and olive oil.
4. Fettuccine al Burro
This is a simple but rich dish with a creamy sauce. The main ingredients include a double-butter sauce, cream, and Parmigiano cheese. Sometimes additional ingredients, such as herbs, are added.
5. Spaghetti Aglio e Olio
This is one of the simplest dishes to make at home. Simply fry garlic in olive oil and pepperoncini before coating al dente pasta with the mix. Some people sprinkle pancetta or Parmesan cheese onto this dish for extra flavor.
6. Bucatini all’Amatriciana
Bucatini all’Amatriciana originates from Amatrice, an area east of Rome. This dish has a tomato and onion based sauce with an unsmoked Italian bacon, called guanciale, added to the mix. A glass of red wine complements this pasta dish perfectly.
7. Spaghetti con le Vongole
Spaghetti con le vongole is a favorite amongst seafood lovers as clams are the stars of this dish. Other ingredients include white wine, olive oil, garlic, and flat leaf parsley.