So Sad Our Italian Chef Died

Condolences…

Dried Pasta MixWe are sending olive our condolences to his family since he pasta way. It is, indeed, sad that he ran out of thyme but we cannoli do so much while we are here. We are proud to have known him and are sure his legacy will be a pizza history for all that follow in his footsteps.

The Many Types of Dried Pasta: Ribbon/String-like Pasta

Spaghetti

“Little strings” is the literal translation of Spaghetti. These pasta noodles are long and thin strands. The word spaghetti is plural for “spaghetto” which is the Italian word for one piece of the pasta. “Spaghetto” literally means “twine” or “thin string” Spaghetti is quite popular and can be found just about anywhere in the world.

Vermicelli

When eating this pasta, try not to think about it, but its name literally means “little worms” in Italian. It is long and round and thinner than spaghetti. There is a version that is thicker and called Vermicelloni but is it still thinner than spaghetti and it is harder to find.

Capellini

This long and round pasta is thinner than spaghetti and vermicelli and its name literally means “thin hair.” In fact, you may have more commonly heard of this pasta referred to as Angel Hair pasta.

Fettuccine

The name of this pasta literally means “little ribbons” in Italian and it looks like just that. Fettuccine is made from flour and eggs and it is a thick, very flat noodle. In authentic Italian dishes, fettuccine is often made fresh. You can find it dried in your local grocery store and the dish made with this pasta that is most common in fettuccine alfredo.

Linguine

This long strand of pasta is thin and flat, like a cross between spaghetti and fettucine. In Italian, linguine literally means “little tongues.” A popular dish with this pasta is linguine and clams, or linguine al vongole

Sorting Dried Pasta

A Pasta Challenge

Uses: Fun and educational!
Materials:

  • various shapes, colors, or sizes of died pasta. (To make it more challenging, use all three aspects at the same time!)
  • cups or bowls

Procedure:

  • Label the bowls (or cups) by gluing a single piece of each kinds of dried pasta to its own bowl (or cup).
  • Lay all of the dried pasta out on a table.
  • Take turns with your child separating the dried pasta into bowls of the same kind of pasta.
  • Be sure to talk about why each piece of dried pasta goes in its place (ex. Because it is the same shape, size, or color as the other pieces.)
  • Tip: To make it challenging for an older or more advanced child, do not label the bowls. Have the child decide how the dried pasta should be sorted and why.