HAPPY NATIONAL PASTA DAY!
Let’s spaghet something straight, not all pasta is equal. I thought for national pasta day we should look at a few of the standard types of pastas accompanied by some others and decide which is the best and worth your time. Keep in mind none of these kinds of pasta are bad, all of them are easily a 6/10 at least. However, some truly do shine and stick out from the rest. Heres our list and how they rank.
Have you heard of structural integrity? If not don’t feel bad neither has a penne. Most of the time penne is cooked just a little too long or not long enough. This leaves you with a noodle that’s a little too firm or one that gets soggy and breaks apart under the sauce and attacks from your fork. It’s not the worst noodle but on this list of frontrunners, it falls short.
6. Gomito (aka macaroni)
It’s macaroni. It goes great with cheese and sometimes a hot glue gun. All jokes aside though macaroni is a great choice for kids and when you need to make a lot of food for get-togethers or parties. Its a nice base that’s easy enough to build on and improve. Throw a few different cheeses in, maybe some bacon, and toss some bread crumbs on top and call it a masterpiece.
Fusilli is a fascinatingly average pasta. The thing that is has going for it is the fun nature of the twists and twirls. Overall its kind of like a less boring penne. I would dub fusilli as the strictly pasta salad noodle.
Like spaghetti but wider and more elliptical in shape, linguine is an okay pasta. It’s not bad but its also not great, nothing about it really stands out from the rest or have a wow factor that some of the ones higher on the list have (Im looking at you bucatini)
You wanna know the worst thing to happen to fettuccine? Alfredo sauce. Okay maybe not the worst thing, but it still isn’t great. This pasta has been plagued with almost exclusively being served with a white cream sauce. While yes technically thats not the noodles fault it still plays a factor here. I will say that fettuccine has the most potential of the noodles on our list because its not often that people get creative with this one.
Okay I get it, “spaghetti is the most normal of the noodles so it shouldn’t be this high on the list” you say. You’re wrong. Spaghetti isn’t “normal”, its classic. At least for those of us in the US that is. A majority of you probably grew up eating mostly spaghetti when it came to pasta. Its affordable, easy to cook, and great with any sauce. Its a blank canvas for almost all of the ingredients in your fridge and just asking to be experimented with.
It’s like spaghetti but cooler. It’s a medium thickness pasta that’s hollow on the inside. This allows for the sauce to fill up this space allowing each bite to have the perfect amount of flavor. You’re never left feeling like you had a bland bite. It manages to find a great balance between fun/exciting (maybe that’s just me who thinks its fun) and fancy. The thickness of the noodle makes it a great choice for heavier sauces thanks to the fact that you don’t lose the taste of the pasta under the other flavors, while also managing to be great with a nice olive oil-based sauce allowing the flavor of the noodle alone to take the lead.
P.S. We left out some of the superstars such as ravioli as we felt it had an unfair advantage and belonged in its own category