Pasta Dishes, RecipesPhotos: Shutterstock Pasta,, salads, pasta pilaf, - this is only a small part of the dishes, which are based on pasta. Pasta is considered the national Italian product, in this Mediterranean country they are called pasta and there are several hundred varieties. Pasta is usually made from wheat flour and water, although there are other ways, for example, there are pasta made from rice flour, buckwheat, and starch. In the cuisine of Slavic peoples, there are several pastry dishes that resemble the Italian “dough”:, crawfish, dumplings, strapas, the main secret of pasta dishes is the right choice of pasta. Therefore, before preparing your favorite Italian carbonara or bolognese by many, make sure that you use the correct paste. For example, long pasta varieties (over 5 cm long), such as spaghetti, tagliatelle, fettuccine, are ideal for thick sauces - meat, fish, tomato and cream. Linguine pasta - the so-called "flat" spaghetti - served with seafood and pesto sauce. Short pasta varieties (less than 5 cm) serve as an excellent addition to and. By the way, macaroni familiar in Russia is one of the varieties of Italian pasta. They can be added to the first courses, and macaroni is also used for baking - with minced meat and cheese, for example. One of the most popular pasta varieties - penne ("feathers") - is ideal for all types of sauce. Rigatoni ("grooved") are an excellent ingredient for salads, and their delicate flavor goes well with savory cheeses and meats.