Linguini, Fettucine, or Spaghetti: Understanding Those Long Noodles
Winter is upon us and pasta, such as linguini, is a common go-to for warm, hearty comfort food for cold nights. Generally speaking, pasta is made from wheat and then cut, shaped, or rolled into the specific shape and texture desired. There are over 300 types of pasta throughout the globe, which can be stressful to think about, especially when you’re trying to choose a pasta type for your next recipe creation. If you’re considering a longer noodle, they’re not all the same. To help out with the selection, we’ve created a short crash course on three types of popular long noodles.
Unsurprisingly, spaghetti noodles are considered the most popular pasta of all time. Their rounded shape makes them look similar to a thin wire or pipe cleaner. With a tiny diameter of less than a millimeter, spaghetti has a thin and flimsy feel. Historically, spaghetti is paired with tomato-based sauces and hearty meats, allowing the savory texture and taste of the ingredients to provide most of the flavor. No wonder the most common pasta dish of all time is spaghetti and meatballs.
If you’re looking for a wider noodle with a more profound texture, then linguini might by the noodle for your recipe. With a flatter and wider and shape, linguine generally measures about 6-7 mm across. For this reason, it’s able to withstand heavier sauces that are cream-based, such as an Alfredo sauce. Often times, recipes will call for a vodka sauce (a mix of cream and tomato sauce) as a savory in-between of flavor paired with the linguine noodles for taste and texture. Pasta dishes with fish or seafood often use linguini pasta as their noodle pairing. The linguini noodle isn’t hearty enough to overshadow the protein.
Need an even heartier noodle than linguini? The pasta world provides plenty of options. You might want to consider Fettucine. It’s the fattest and widest long noodle in this pasta family. Fettucine is not only wider but is usually thicker as well, making it a favorite for pasta lovers of all ages. We all know how popular Fettucine Alfredo is with a delectable creamy white sauce to compliment the hearty pasta. The pair originally went together because Fettucine noodles withstand heavy cream sauces and bold flavors. Eventually, this led to the rise of the popular Italian pasta dish.