How is Pasta Made?

How is Pasta Made?

How is Pasta Made?

 

Pasta! The popular noodle dish topped off with tomato sauce and parmesan cheese. Who doesn’t like pasta? Pasta is a noodle that is made out of wheat, eggs, and water and then shaped into things like spaghetti, penne, and lasagne, then boiled or baked. But do you know how pasta is made?

The history on how it was established is simple. In Asia, where pasta came from, people used pasta flour. When pasta made its way to Europe, they changed the recipe a little bit. These recipes went from the pasta flour to something similar called durum wheat. When durum wheat is mixed with water or eggs, it creates pasta. Pasta created using durum wheat is dried so it could be stored longer. Because of how cheap it is, and its long lasting quality, pasta became a popular product in Italy, and in other places around the world, even today!

Pasta isn’t just eaten by itself. You might add tomato sauce or some cheese on top. Tomato sauces are popular and people liked the combination of the two together. People started to add things like cheese to make other dishes such as macaroni and cheese. They also added vegetables to make pasta salads. Many recipes have stayed popular for many years.

Fresh pasta is great for a quick meal. Surprisingly, it doesn’t take that long to cook either! You only need simple ingredients that you probably have in your pantry at home already. Then the ingredients need to be mixed. When people make homemade pasta, they usually buy a pasta machine. The machine helps the pasta form into spaghetti or fettuccine, ready to be turned into pasta. Next, the pasta is flattened using a rolling pin or the pasta machine. The dough needs to be flattened out very thin, in order to get the right type of pasta. On another part of the machine, you can set the correct shapes for your pasta. Then just cook your pasta by boiling it and serve it to your friends, family and more! Easy peasy!

In all, pasta is a great food everywhere! I can tell that pasta will be a lasting and tasty product for many years.

 

Resources:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pasta

http://www.pbs.org/food/the-history-kitchen/uncover-the-history-of-pasta/

https://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/13/dining/fresh-pasta-made-simply.html

https://www.thespruce.com/how-to-use-a-pasta-machine-to-make-homemade-pasta-909023