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Top 10 Most Popular Pastas In The World

01/10/2017 at 12:01 | Posted by Phil Harris
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Have you read the article on our website entitled 6 Healthy Food Swaps That Still Taste Great? It’s good stuff but I have to take exception with one of the swaps: replacing pasta with zucchini noodles. I’m sorry, there’s no replacement for pasta.

From the time I could chew solid foods, I have been a pasta lover. My mother still tells the story about my first time on a plane. I toddled on board and immediately ordered spaghetti and meatballs from the first flight attendant I saw. And I have passed the pasta gene on to my sons, much to my wife’s chagrin. She’s all in favor of the aforementioned zucchini noodles which, if served, I will eat. A good marriage doesn’t happen without some compromise.

Rigatoni is definitely my go-to noodle but some types of pasta work better than others in certain dishes. For example, you would never use cannelloni in a pasta salad. The large tube-shaped pasta is primarily for stuffing with ricotta, spinach, or ground meat. Below are the ten most popular pastas consumed worldwide. If it were a U.S.-only list, macaroni and egg noodles would probably be included. I think about pasta way too much.

  1. Spaghetti
  2. Fusilli
  3. Fettuccine
  4. Penne
  5. Linguine
  6. Farfalle
  7. Tortellini
  8. Rigatoni
  9. Tagliatelle
  10. Cannelloni

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