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pasta [3]click to hear

Made from hard wheat semolina and water, shaped into various forms and dried; it is an essential ingredient in Italian cooking that is bought ready-made.
pasta [3] tortellini spinach tagliatelle gnocchi lasagna ravioli

tortellini click to hear

Pasta stuffed with meat or cheese and sometimes colored with tomato or spinach; it is delicious with tomato or cream sauce.

spinach tagliatelle click to hear

Flat ribbonlike pasta made with spinach and eggs, traditionally served with meat sauce.

gnocchi click to hear

Often made from a potato or semolina dough with eggs and cheese; it is usually served au gratin, as an appetizer.

lasagna click to hear

These wide strips, green if spinach-flavored, are combined with a filling in alternate layers to create the eponymous dish.

ravioli click to hear

Pasta stuffed with meat, cheese or vegetables; a classic way to serve it is with tomato sauce, sprinkled with grated Parmesan.