While there are many tasty Italian pasta meals, some best represent the fresh flavors of Italy more than others. Here are just a few truly Italian pasta dishes that we all enjoy!
A homemade favorite, lasagna with Bolognese sauce, is a sure delight and a real Italian meal. A simple dish, lasagna Bolognese is hearty, easy to make, and delicious. Using fresh lasagna pasta sheets, the key to the best lasagna is the filling and flavorful sauce. Italian Bolognese sauce includes onion, finely chopped pancetta or unsmoked bacon, carrot, celery, garlic, red wine, plum tomatoes, and lean ground beef.
Spaghetti with Garlic, Oil, and Chili
While spaghetti is often served with sauce in Italy, another genuine Italian version is serving pasta with lighter toppings and ingredients. A satisfying Italian pasta dish, this meal uses fresh spaghetti noodles that are cooked al dente. Separately, oil is heated to sauté the garlic and a couple crushed dry chili peppers. A small amount of parsley and salt is added to season to taste. Cooked pasta is added to the pan and cooked together until well stirred.
Linguine with Pesto Sauce
Using authentic Italian pesto, linguine with pesto sauce is a treat for Italian pasta lovers! To make the best pesto, Italians blend basil, garlic, pine nuts, salt, and olive oil. Grated Parmesan and pecorino cheeses are stirred in and seasoned to taste with black pepper. Cooked linguine is then tossed and stirred with the pesto for an unforgettable dish!
While spaghetti is the typical pasta noodle for this dish, it is also a real Italian meal when using penne or rigatoni! A Roman classic, an egg yolk (and a small quantity of egg white) is the main ingredient together with guanciale or bacon, and pecorino or Parmesan cheese. While the dish is creamy and smooth, no cream or milk is actually used. Spaghetti carbonara takes some skill to get just right including adding the cheese and egg to the cooked pasta without letting the ingredients curdle! The results, however, are worth the effort for this tasty Italian meal!
Another classic Italian meal is minestrone, a dish of broth and soup. Traditional minestrone combines a base of vegetables, potatoes, and beans with short or broken pasta. The meal often uses a large, deep pot and begins by sautéing chopped onions and minced garlic. Chopped vegetables (such as carrots and celery) are added followed by chopped pancetta. Another layer of vegetables (green beans, chopped zucchini, and chopped potatoes) are added followed by crushed tomatoes, beans, spices, and a large chunk of Parmesan cheese. Topped with water or broth, once cooked together pasta is then added and cooked to al dente. A warm, comforting Italian meal!
You will find the wonderful flavors of traditional, homemade Italian dishes at Pinocchio’s! Stop by to enjoy a delicious meal soon!