Most of us. It’s not that we always eat pasta, but yes, we eat a lot of it. From 2011 statistics, Italy is at first place for pasta per capita consumption, beating the second place by more than doubles.
Isn’t it a little boring? I mean to eat so much pasta.
Why. We have so many sauces and kinds of pasta you can eat a different dish every day. Today I’m having an arrabbiata, tomorrow i can make a carbonara, the day after an amatriciana. One day spaghetti, one other penne, another time farfalle. I can go on for hours if you want to…
No no. I got the point. In the US we don’t have so many sauces at the grocery store 😛
Grocery? I don’t buy premade sauces… -.-
You mean italians make their sauces at home? Every time?
I talk about myself here. I don’t buy any sauce unless I can’t make it at home. I know the upcoming generation is more into buying premade food, but i think it’s outrageous. And stupid. It’s just lazy and costly. For the same price i buy a premade sauce i can make tons of it at home, freeze it, and i know for sure there’s no preservatives (or worse) inside. They’re hiding under the ‘I don’t have time excuse‘, but there’s really no excuse on not cooking your own healthy meal. You can always find time to be healthy. Some people run or go to the gym, i cook my own meal.
And how are you gonna burn the calories of spaghetti with meatballs if you don’t go to the gym?? 😀
We don’t eat spaghetti and meatballs… *angry*
But it’s a classic.
Yes, your classic. 😛
We rarely use meatballs with spaghetti. Almost never. And if someone does, it’s not the american way. Italian meatballs for pasta would be very small, so that they can be ‘caught’ between spaghetti and eaten together. Big meatballs are usually used as a second course here, with a sidedish. What’s the point of having meatballs on pasta if you have to break them to eat it together??
So how do you eat meat and spaghetti?
We have a sauce, called Ragù. There are two main variation, bolognese and napoletano. I mostly make bolognese, because napoletano requires much more time.
Oh the one you made me with tagliatelle when i was there? I want that recipe. It was great!
Yes, that one. Actually i don’t like spaghetti with ragù. I’d rather use tagliatelle (this is a classic), or a pasta with holes where ragù can go inside. Like penne or maccheroni.
I’m planning to post the recipe for ragù, but i still have some of it frozen to finish first. I make 1kg and freeze it in portions for later use. 😛
That’s smart. So that you can have it when you want, and it’s homemade.
Exactly. i use 50gr of ragù for one pasta, so it’s more or less 20 portions every time.
Can you also freeze chicken parmigiana?
Look, the only Parmigiana i know here, is made with fried eggplants, used as instead of lasagne, with tomato sauce and caciocavallo or mozzarella, and then baked. I can’t say nobody would use chicken, but surely i’ve never heard of it. Why use chicken when fried eggplants are much better? Try it. Maybe it’s me but i never used or heard chicken with pasta.
You don’t use chicken with pasta??? 😮
Hell, no! As far as i know chicken is a second dish here. Or for broth. I really never heard of pasta with chicken. Unless we’re talking of pasta salad with chicken, but that’s a cold dish for summer.
You make salads with pasta??? 😀
Yes. Another recipe planned for next summer.. 🙂
A question bear. When i was there you had different timings for different pasta. Why?
Because I didn’t want to overcook pasta. When you buy pasta here there’s always a cooking time written to avoid overcooking, and most of us cook the pasta accordingly. It’s called “cottura al dente”.
I think we overcook pasta because it’s much softer than yours.
Ew.. Most italians eat pasta “al dente”, and we usually make fun of those few italians who like it overcooked. There are a lot of reasons for to avoid overcooking pasta, the main one because it’s heavier and not healthy at all, but also because its… too soft otherwise.
Most of the times i even undercook pasta for 30-60 seconds to fry it in a pan with the sauce right after.
I’ll have to name you some italian dishes we have here, and you’ll tell me if they’re italian.
Sure. Next time though. This post is getting too long. 🙂