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Pasta Encyclopedia: Cut Macaroni

By: | 0 Comments | On: April 20, 2018 | Category: Pasta Encyclopedia

Welcome to the Pasta Encyclopedia! In each issue of Foundations, we will dive into everything you need to know about a select Barilla pasta cut. This issue, we’re talking about Cut Macaroni. Cut Macaroni originated from Northern and Central Italy, where it’s traditionally used in soups. It’s also perfect for... more

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The Pasta Encyclopedia – Gemelli

By: | 0 Comments | On: March 7, 2018 | Category: Pasta Encyclopedia

Gemelli derives its name from the Italian word for twins, a reference to the spiral shape that resembles two strands entwined around each other. However, it’s actually made from a single strand twisted into that spiral shape. These small pasta twists appear all over Italy, with tomato mozzarella and basil... more

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The Pasta Encyclopedia – Fusilli

By: | 0 Comments | On: November 2, 2017 | Category: Pasta Encyclopedia

Fusilli was originally made in central-southern Italy and Sardinia by taking a strand of spaghetti and rolling it around a knitting needle; similar to how yarn is spun around a spindle. Hence the name derives from the Italian word fuso for “spindle.” There are many versions with many different names,... more

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Pasta Encyclopedia: Lasagne

By: | 0 Comments | On: August 2, 2017 | Category: Pasta Encyclopedia

Lasagne derives from the Latin word for “cooking pot,” which flat sheets of pasta were almost always baked in. The origins of a layered baked pasta dish may go back all the way to ancient Greece, but without a doubt is now an iconic food of Italy. Unlike the heavy... more

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Pasta Encyclopedia: Pipette

By: | 0 Comments | On: January 31, 2017 | Category: Pasta Encyclopedia

In Italian as in English, the term “pipe” refers to the instrument preferred by smokers in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Pipes, or pipettes, are curved pasta tubes that take their name from this same elbow shape. The die for this cut features a thin sheet of metal on... more

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Pasta Encyclopedia: Farfalle

By: | 0 Comments | On: November 18, 2016 | Category: Pasta Encyclopedia

The name of this classic pasta derives from the resemblance to a butterfly, as farfalla is “butterfly” in Italian. In the old days, the shape was called “stricchetti” for the pinch in the middle made by hand. That pinch gives farfalle an extra firmness in the center, and also makes... more

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