Pasta is to Italy as fish and chips is to Britain! There are literally thousands of Italian pasta recipes, so where do you start? There are healthy Italian pasta recipes, quick Italian pasta recipes, classic Italian pasta recipes and recipes that have Gino’s unique twist!
Whether you want to make your own pasta dough or you’re choosing from dozens of different types of pasta, there’s a pasta shape to complement every pasta recipe! In fact, there are over 600 forms known by an incredible 1,300 names.
You may not realise it, but the shape of pasta you choose plays a big part in what the final dish looks and tastes like. For example, long, thin pasta like pappardelle or linguine go best with Italian pasta sauce recipes because the sauce coats the strands. Pasta shapes like fusilli (little springs) and conchiglie (shells) go very well with pasta sauces with texture, like Bolognese since the meat is captured in the small crevices of the pasta, and tubular pasta like penne rigate (ridged quills), macaroni (elbows) and rigatoni (thick ridges) are ideal for chunky Italian pasta sauce recipes full of delicious vegetables!
Like they say 1 in 12 people in the world own a copy of Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd, every person in the world knows at least one recipe for Italian pasta! It’s amazingly versatile, it’s nutritious, delicious and if you scroll through Gino’s authentic Italian pasta recipes, his Italian pasta sauce recipes and his recipes for pasta dishes with meat, without meat, with cheese or without or full of vegetables, fresh pasta recipes and baked pasta recipes, you will find mouth-watering Italian pasta recipes for one, for two or for the whole family!
You can find a full range of the very best Italian pasta recipes in Gino’s best-selling recipe books or you can find a selection of great ideas below. Time to start cooking!