Food & Diet International True/False Friday

True/False Friday: Tutto Pasta

June 8, 2018

Pasta is adored around the world but Italians are wary about eating it outside of Italy for many reasons. Many times the rest of us non-Italians do it quite wrong. One of the worst stories I’ve heard was actually a news story here that read “American students set fire to apartment, cooking pasta without water”. That wasn’t very good for America’s pasta cooking reputation. *face palm*

Check out this quiz and see if you could cook pasta for nonna and survive…

#1 Italians eat their pasta first and salad second

It’s quite normal to eat your pasta or first course and then salad after.

Author: Ali @ Sustainable Psyche

My name is Ali. I am an American living in Italy. I am passionate about delicious food that is also ethical, healthy and sustainable. I love pasta and pizza, traveling, horseback riding and exploring the vibrant city of Milan that I call home.

#2 Fettuccine Alfredo is Italian

It may be a popular American dish, but you won’t find it in Italy.

Author: Ali @ Sustainable Psyche

My name is Ali. I am an American living in Italy. I am passionate about delicious food that is also ethical, healthy and sustainable. I love pasta and pizza, traveling, horseback riding and exploring the vibrant city of Milan that I call home.

#3 Every type of pasta pairs with a certain kind of sauce

Yes. For example:

Bucatini with Amatriciana

Trofie with Pesto

Orecchiette with broccolini

Tagliatelle with Rag├╣

Tortellini in broth

Each pasta has it’s perfect match.

Author: Ali @ Sustainable Psyche

My name is Ali. I am an American living in Italy. I am passionate about delicious food that is also ethical, healthy and sustainable. I love pasta and pizza, traveling, horseback riding and exploring the vibrant city of Milan that I call home.

#4 ‘Al dente’ means still firm on the inside ( & is the correct way to cook pasta)

Directly translated: ” to the tooth” means that pasta is cooked on the outside yet still has some bite to it on the inside. Overcooked pasta in Italy is almost a crime.

Author: Ali @ Sustainable Psyche

My name is Ali. I am an American living in Italy. I am passionate about delicious food that is also ethical, healthy and sustainable. I love pasta and pizza, traveling, horseback riding and exploring the vibrant city of Milan that I call home.

#5 Add sea salt when the water boils

You don’t have to add a lot, but just enough to keep your pasta from being too bland ( at least for the Italian palette)

Author: Ali @ Sustainable Psyche

My name is Ali. I am an American living in Italy. I am passionate about delicious food that is also ethical, healthy and sustainable. I love pasta and pizza, traveling, horseback riding and exploring the vibrant city of Milan that I call home.

#6 Spaghetti, yes. Meatballs, yes. But they don’t go together.

Spaghetti is a loved pasta here, and common in first courses. And polpette or meatballs are a second course thing. You won’t find them mixed together on the same plate.

Author: Ali @ Sustainable Psyche

My name is Ali. I am an American living in Italy. I am passionate about delicious food that is also ethical, healthy and sustainable. I love pasta and pizza, traveling, horseback riding and exploring the vibrant city of Milan that I call home.

#7 Add olive oil to the water to avoid sticky pasta

Totally not necessary and a waste of your olive oil!

Author: Ali @ Sustainable Psyche

My name is Ali. I am an American living in Italy. I am passionate about delicious food that is also ethical, healthy and sustainable. I love pasta and pizza, traveling, horseback riding and exploring the vibrant city of Milan that I call home.

#8 Italians use bread to finish any excess sauce from their plates

Absolutely. It’s a must to use your bread or ‘Fare la scarpetta’ to soak up and enjoy all the delicious sauce.

Author: Ali @ Sustainable Psyche

My name is Ali. I am an American living in Italy. I am passionate about delicious food that is also ethical, healthy and sustainable. I love pasta and pizza, traveling, horseback riding and exploring the vibrant city of Milan that I call home.

#9 Always rinse pasta after straining.

Rinsing pasta, rinses away starches that help the sauces to bind to it.

Author: Ali @ Sustainable Psyche

My name is Ali. I am an American living in Italy. I am passionate about delicious food that is also ethical, healthy and sustainable. I love pasta and pizza, traveling, horseback riding and exploring the vibrant city of Milan that I call home.

#10 Sauce shouldn’t be poured directly onto pasta

Sauces should be either cooked from scratch in a pan or added to a pan and heated before adding the pasta. Simmer until the sauce has thickened, perfectly coating the pasta.

Author: Ali @ Sustainable Psyche

My name is Ali. I am an American living in Italy. I am passionate about delicious food that is also ethical, healthy and sustainable. I love pasta and pizza, traveling, horseback riding and exploring the vibrant city of Milan that I call home.

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