How to choose the right form?

World Pasta Day is celebrated every year on October 25. Spaghetti, tagliatelle, farfalle, fusilli, rigatoni: supermarket shelves offer more and more varieties. However, this choice confuses many consumers who do not know the rules of Italian cooking.

The form is as important as the sauce

“The shape of the paste plays a role in the success of the recipe,” asserts Alessandra Pierini. A chef, he runs an Italian grocery store in the 9th arrondissement of Paris, RAP. In this Minute Papillon! podcast, he explains that the dough isn’t just a base, it’s an integral part of the recipe. “It’s 50/50 between the dough and the sauce,” he notes.

What rule should be followed to choose the right shape of the dough? “The bigger, thicker and more consistent the paste, the more complex and sophisticated the seasoning. The finer, subtler and more delicate the paste, the lighter the seasoning,” explains Alessandra Pierini. For example, spaghetti, a thin pasta with a small surface, is used for quick sauces: olive oil with parmesan or pesto.

Spaghetti recipe, chicken sauce with pizzaola

In April 2022, the HelloFresh platform asked 1,500 people about their pasta preferences. This is spaghetti, which has become the favorite pasta of the French. Alessandra Pierini in this podcast presents an original sauce recipe with them: chicken sauce “à la pizzaïola”.

For this, he recommends cutting the chicken cutlet into thin strips and browning it a little. On the side, prepare tomato sauce mixed with olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper and oregano. Finally, mix the chicken strips with this sauce, then add the spaghetti.

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