How I Buy Pasta Like An Italian Chef (sharing EVERYTHING)


Dry Pasta Series Ep5 : Pasta brands, shapes, mentions, everything you need to know to start buying pasta like an Italian Chef. This video is sponsored by BetterHelp: Visit to get 10% off your first month. For the Pasta poster :

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If you don’t buy the right pasta, you CANNOT make good pasta dishes.
Great Industrial Pasta brands : De Cecco, La Molisana, Di Martino, Felicetti, Rummo, Garofalo, Agnesi, Voiello (Barilla left the chat)
Great Artisan Pasta Brands : Benedetto-cavalieri, Mancini, Monograno, Faella, Gentile, Martelli, Pastificio dei campi

At all time in my pantry, I make sure to have at least one type of :
LONG PASTA : like spaghetti, fettuccine
SHORT PASTA : Rigatoni, farfalle,
TINY PASTA : Stelline, risoni

Pasta names :
Spaghetti : comes spago means string in italian.
Penne is like a “feather”
Conchiglie = a seashell
Orecchiette = little ears
Farfalle = butterfly
Lumache = Snail

Pasta size variations
The PASTA geek inside of me loves what follows : It’s a common thing for Italian pasta makers to use classic shapes and make them larger or smaller. When they do so, they alter the name of the pasta slightly…
– Diminutive suffixes : -ini, -elli, -illi, -etti or the feminine plurals -ine, -elle, -ette etc., all conveying the sense of “little”
– Augmentative suffixes : -oni, -one, meaning “large”.

Sometimes instead of a suffix pasta makers will use an additional word :
Mezze which means HALF : mezze penne, mezze maniche
Picoli which means small : picoli ditali
Giganti : which means giant : Fusili Giganti
Just imagine the size of this one Lumac-oni Giganti (like a Sauce Wheelbarrow)

Important Pasta Package mentions
– Trafilatura (or trafila) al bronzo (the best)
– Lenta essiccazione, bassa temperatura (also the best, haha)
– Pasta di Gragnano

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