Pasta: arguably Italy’s biggest contribution to the culinary world. In 2018/19, an average of 94 grams of pasta was consumed per person per week in UK households, which means well over 6000 tonnes slip ‘pasta’ our lips annually on these shores! The whole world has adopted pasta into their diets pretty much and with good reason too. Pasta comes in all shapes and sizes and is a wonderful part of any meal, from an everyday lunchtime snack to anniversary dinners and special occasions – pasta is great for any situation! But where did pasta come from? Who invented pasta? And what is pasta made of, even?
You may have an idea where the best pasta in Inverness is, but do you know its history? Check out our brief history of pasta and cheat sheet on “what are the different types of pasta?”.
Where Does Pasta Come from?
The popular myth goes that it was the Chinese that invented pasta and it was introduced to Italy by the merchant with a hole in the middle, Marco Polo in 1292 AD. However, macaroni was found to be served in ancient Rome where the locals attributed the creation of this marvellous dish to their Gods. The modern word “macaroni” derives from the Sicilian term for “kneading dough with energy”, as early pasta machining was a laborious task, often becoming an all-day affair.
The first appearance of pasta in legitimate historical documents was found in the writings of the Roman lyrical poet Horace in the 1st Century BC, who described fine sheets of dough called ‘lagana’, which were fried or oven-baked and served as an everyday food for peasants and citizens alike. By the 5th century AD, the recipe for this “lagana” can be many an ancient cookbook, describing a dish reminiscent of our modern favourite lasagna.
By the 12th Century, we begin to find evidence of the production of spaghetti in Sicily. It was a big hit among the Arab-led monarchy that ruled the area at the time despite not yet having any sauce to compliment the dish.
Into the 14th century and pasta production across Italy become very popular amongst the people because of its ease of storage. Dried food was a particular favourite amongst sailors who could store pasta for long voyages without spoiling. This led to the spreading of pasta across Europe and through Africa and beyond.
It took until the 18th century for the most significant development in the twisty past of pasta to come to pass; it was then that tomato juice was first invented and added to the dry dish. First seen in the cookbook “L’Apicio Moderno” by Italian chef Francesco Leonardi. The new delicacy spread through Italy like wildfire, expanding the pasta industry in the country and across Europe exponentially, eventually reaching the United States where Italian restaurants sprung up across the country in the 19th Century.
With the discovery of electricity in the early 1900s, pasta making machines were invented for mixing the dough, making pasta making a far less labour-intensive prospect. Today, pasta-making has become very automated with the coming of new technologies. The whole process can be performed completely automatically by machine. There has however been a rise in the desire to home make pasta with consumers becoming more mindful about sustainability and food chain exploitation by the more industrialised producers of pasta. Now it’s never been easier to have pasta in our diets regularly. From dried pasta to freshly made at home or even delivered in our favourite dishes from delivery apps in Inverness like Just Eat Inverness, Uber Eats Inverness, Deliveroo Inverness, and now the local Inverness takeaway app – getzz.
What Are the Different Types of Pasta?
There are over 300 different types of pasta available – far too many to list on our wee blog, but here’s a list of the main types so you know what you’re gonna get next to order “pasta near me in Inverness”.
- Spaghetti Pasta
Everyone loves Spaghetti! Just thick enough so it doesn’t get lost in that special meat sauce. Long, thin and guaranteed to make you grin!
- Angel Hair Pasta
The long strands of angel hair pasta are best served in light or creamy sauces. Much like spaghetti, but more delicate.
- Bow Tie Pasta (Farfalle)
Farfalle pasta dresses up any dish that calls for small pasta shapes.
- Fettuccine Pasta
Fettuccine is an egg pasta cut into long, narrow ribbons. It is often served with cream sauces, as in the classic Fettuccine Alfredo. You can use fettuccine in any recipe that calls for linguine or spaghetti.
- Fusilli Pasta
This thick, spiral-shaped pasta has crevices that are perfect for carrying thick sauces.
Pasta dumplings that are traditionally made from potatoes. Great with a cheeky herb sauce.
Lasagna can be both flat in sheets, or with curly edges. The much-loved Lasagna dish is a staple of most UK households. Lashings of meat and cheese.
Thicker and flatter than its spaghetti cousin. Great for any dish that requires spaghetti.
Wee tubes that are terrific in creamy casseroles like the ultra-popular “mac and cheese”.
- Penne Pasta
Two-inch long, tube-shaped pasta, sometimes called mostaccioli in some quarters.
These little bundles of dough are packed with cheese, meat, or pureed veggies.
- Rigatoni Pasta
Short and tube-shaped pasta that can be used in pretty much any dish.
Shell pasta comes in many different sizes, from large shells stuffed with cheese or meat, to medium and small-sized shells in casseroles, stews and meat sauces.
Where Can I Get Pasta Near me?
Looking for the best pasta takeaways in Inverness? Looking for great local Italian food near me? Look no further than the getzz app – the local Inverness takeaway app that finds the ‘best Italian takeaway near me’ and pasta in Inverness in a flash!
On getzz, they only have the best local food delivered to your door or prepared fresh for collection from great local places like:
Little Italy Family Restaurant – Inverness’s favourite little Italian restaurant is now on getzz. Get your favourite Italian dishes made from fresh local ingredients and produce direct from Italy herself!
Café 1 – Sophisticated dining brought direct to your door from Café 1. Dishes packed with flavour and a local flair that is unrivalled.
Lorimers Family Restaurant Inverness – There Mac and Cheese combos will have you wondering if they have Paul Daniels in the kitchen their dishes are so magic. The Highland Mac & Cheese is a particular favourite for people looking for great local fusion dishes.
There’s loads to choose from on getzz. If you’re looking for ‘takeaway near me’, download the app now and see what’s cooking!
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