alfredo, carbonara, bolognese, puttanesca, amatriciana

5 Classic Italian Pasta Dishes & Their Recipes

how to make spaghetti carbonara
Spaghetti Carbonara Dish

1. Spaghetti Alla Carbonara

There are many modifications and additions to the traditional “Spaghetti alla Carbonara” recipe and probably many taste great however there’s a distinct taste and texture of the original Italian Carbonara dish that is unmatched. To make a perfect spaghetti carbonara ingredients must not be added or substituted otherwise it is not a carbonara..

fettuccini alfredo pasta dish
Fettuccini Alfredo Dish

2. Fettuccini Alfredo

The original fettuccini Alfredo sauce has two main ingredients (parmesan cheese and butter) which are skillfully integrated with the pasta cooking water if needed to make a creamy like white sauce. In Italy we call it “Pasta Al’ Burro” (pasta with butter) which indeed is a very popular pasta dish…

plate of spaghetti puttanesca
Spaghetti Puttanesca

3. Spaghetti Alla Puttanesca

An Italian pasta dish that chefs make using olive oil, anchovies, tomatoes, garlic, olives and capers with spaghetti or vermicelli pasta. It has found a huge amount of connoisseurs throughout the world of Italian cuisine-lovers across the globe. 

Bucatini Amatriciana dish ready to serve
Bucatini Amatriciana

4. Bucatini all” Amatriciana

The traditional recipe for Bucatini Amatriciana has 4 ingredients. Pork cheek which is called (Guanciale) in Italian, peeled tomatoes, grated pecorino romano cheese and black pepper.. There are so many versions of Bucatini all’ Amatriciana online that are not authentic. The whole point of this dish is to melt down the fat from the pork cheek and incorporate it in the tomato sauce, this is what makes the Amatriciana sauce so flavorful…

Spaghetti Bolognese

5. Spaghetti Bolognese

In Italy the original traditional Bolognese sauce was and still today usually done with a flat spaghetti called tagliatelle, we call it “Tagliatelle Ragu alla Bolognese”. As the dish became more popular countries outside of Italy used spaghetti and is now known as “Spaghetti Alla Bolognese”.

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