Embark on a delicious odyssey through Italy as we explore the diverse pasta traditions that define each region’s culinary identity. In this article, we’ve curated 12 pasta recipes that will transport you from the sun-soaked shores of Sicily to the historic streets of Rome, celebrating the unique flavors that make Italian cuisine a timeless masterpiece. Get ready to take your taste buds on a mouthwatering journey through the heart and soul of Italy, one pasta dish at a time.
Bucatini Cacio e Pepe from Italy
This deliciously creamy, cheesy pasta dish is so beautiful in its simplicity and can be on the dinner table in 30 minutes or less. It’s an ancient Roman pasta dish that has held up over time due to its uncomplicated ingredients and naturally amazing flavor.
Easy Pesto Recipe
You are going to love this fresh, simple, and flavorful 6 ingredient recipe that stems from the Genoa region of Italy! Serve it with pasta, chicken, or on pizza for a delicious dinner.
Spaghetti Alla Puttanesca
These incredibly delicious Spaghetti alla Puttanesca originate from Napels, Italy and as the name implies the name puttanesca translates to “spaghetti in the style of a prostitute.” The exact origin is unknown but what is known for sure are the ingredients a puttanesca must have: anchovies, capers, tomatoes, onions and olives – basically the delicious ingredients from that region. Some (us as well) add chili too, just to spice it up a bit. This easy pasta is made in 15 minutes so it’s perfect for a quick midweek lunch/dinner or even as a starter. Best way to serve it is with spaghetti. Quick, easy, affordable and darn delicious.
Clam Pasta (Spaghetti Alle Vongole)
Clam pasta is a dish that you’ll find on many restaurant menus in many coastal Italian seaside towns. It’s definitely very prominent in my mom’s hometown of Sperlonga, and for good reason. The flavors are so simple, and the flavor of the clams aren’t masked by any other flavors, due to the simplicity of the supporting ingredients.
Authentic Bucatini alla Carbonara
Guanciale, pecorino, pepper, pasta. These are the ingredients for one of Rome’s cornerstone pastas, Pasta alla Gricia. If you haven’t tried Pasta alla Gricia yet, get ready to fall in love! There may only be a few ingredients, but they come together to make pasta magic!
Spaghetti Alla Siciliana
This authentic Sicilian spaghetti recipe is so easy and it takes only 5 ingredients to make it! Spaghetti Siciliana is a fiery mix of hot pasta mixed with lots of garlic, sun-dried tomatoes, chillies and olive oil. Simple and gorgeous!
Sicilian Style Spaghetti
Cauliflower and pasta gets jazzed up with anchovies, raisins, and pine nuts in this Sicilian Style Spaghetti
Tortellini en Brodo
Tortellini en brodo means “tortellini in broth” in Italian and it’s as simple as it sounds. The “brodo” (broth) is a mouthwatering stock made from scratch with meat, bones, and aromatic veggies. The result is a clear broth packed with flavor. This dish is from Emilia Romagna!
Pumpkin Ravioli Recipe
The sweetness of pumpkin, the nuttiness of amaretti cookies and the spiciness of nutmeg make this delicious pumpkin filled ravioli recipe one of the most interesting you can find in Northern Italy. While the people from Milan are known for their prowess in business more than their prowess in the kitchen, pumpkin ravioli might just be the dish that destroys that tired stereotype and brings you a new appreciation of cuisine from Northern Italy.
Valeria’s vincigrassi recipe is a dish fit for a feast. Although many versions of this Marche classic opt for mushrooms rather than the customary offal, this recipe is true to the meaty origins of the dish, using chicken giblets, sweetbreads, chopped pork and beef to create a beautifully rich ragù.