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8 Tantalising pasta recipes that will remind you why you fell in love with Italian food

Here are delicious pasta recipes and where to get the most authentic pastas in Cape Town, Joburg, Pretoria and Durban.

by: Chanté Felix | 29 May 2017

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. You can also very easily concoct a meal that’s fit for a king by adding special ingredients 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.

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!

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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!

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Roasted butternut and cauliflower tagliatelle with herbed crème fraîche - a gorgeous, filling vegetarian option.


Spaghetti with broccoli and avocado

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If you're not in the mood for cooking, get your fix at these restaurants:

Cape Town
A Tavola, Claremont
The Cousins, CBD
Il Leone, Green Point

, Illovo
Tortellino D'Oro
, Oaklands
Illovo Mastrantonio
, Illovo

Old Town Italy,
La Casa Nostra
, Umhloti
Spiga, Morningside

Caraffa, Alphen Park
Capeesh, Brooklyn
Fumo, Groenkloof

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