A simple pasta recipe is a mixture of flour, egg, salt and water that is molded into different shapes. It’s one of the oldest food items in the world and although it originates from Italy it has been an integral part of global cuisine for decades.
Pasta makes for a lovely dish that can be enjoyed by people from all walks of life, and it has often been dubbed the world’s favourite food. Pasta, itself, is very affordable and filling so it’s easy to whip up a budget-friendly meal relying on pasta as the base. On the other hand, you can very easily concoct a meal that’s fit for a king by adding things like prawns, scallops or truffle.
While it doesn’t take a world-class chef to prepare a decent pasta, there lies a fine art when cooking it - it is important that you cook it for a brief enough period so that it's al dente (firm to the bite) and not mushy.
You can easily cook your own pasta at home. If you're not in the mood for cooking, get your fix at these restaurants:
A Tavola, Claremont
The Cousins, CBD
Il Leone, Green Point
Tortellino D'Oro, Oaklands
Illovo Mastrantonio, Illovo
Old Town Italy, Umhlanga
La Casa Nostra, Umhloti
Caraffa, Alphen Park
Pasta might be one the most popularised dishes in the world, but the fact is it will never get boring! We've compiled a list of the most mouth-watering pastas that will remind you why you first fell in love with the Italian staple.
Spaghetti and meatballs with hidden vegetables- the all-time favourite Italian-American dish with a healthy twist.
Quick and creamy tagliatelle - adding a creamy sauce to your pasta is always a winner!
Lasagne cupcakes - pop it into your lunch box, serve it as a dinner party appetizer, these cute and versatile savoury cupcakes are marvelous.
Baked pasta shells with ricotta - a fresh, healthy salad.
Spaghetti with chicken, mushrooms and zucchini - the ultimate burst of flavour!
Roasted butternut and cauliflower tagliatelle with herbed crème fraîche - a gorgeous, filling vegetarian option.
Spaghetti with broccoli and avocado
- Chante Felix