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What is pasta? About the ingredient pasta. Including 414 recipes with pasta, nutrition data, photos, and where to find it.


Pasta is a general term for foods made from an unleavened dough of wheat or buckwheat, flour and water, sometimes with other ingredients such as eggs and vegetable extracts.

Pastas include noodles in various lengths, widths and shapes, and varieties that are filled with other ingredients like ravioli and tortellini. The word pasta is also used to refer to dishes in which pasta products are a primary ingredient. It is usually served with sauce.

There are hundreds of different shapes of pasta with at least locally recognized names. Examples include spaghetti (thin rods),maccheroni (tubes or cylinders), fusilli (swirls), and lasagne (sheets). Two other noodles, gnocchi and spätzle, are sometimes considered pasta. They are both traditional in parts of Italy.

fresh pasta

Pasta is categorized in two basic styles: dried and fresh. Dried pasta made without eggs can be stored for up to two years under ideal conditions, while fresh pasta will keep for a few days under refrigeration. Pasta is generally cooked by boiling.


Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 2 oz (57g)
Amount per Serving
Calories 211Calories from Fat 7
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 0.9g 1%
Saturated Fat 0.2g 1%
Trans Fat ~
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 3mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 42.6g 14%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Sugars 1.5
Protein 7.4g
Vitamin A 0% Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 1% Iron 10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your caloric needs.

Where found

Pasta is usually found in the pasta section or aisle of the grocery store or supermarket.

Food group

Pasta is a member of the Cereal Grains and Pasta USDA nutritional food group.

How much does pasta weigh?

measure grams
2 oz 57

In Chinese:面食
British (UK) term: Pasta
en français:pâtes
en español:las pastas

Recipes using pasta

There are 396 recipes that contain this ingredient.

A Penne for Your Thoughts
A1 Chicken in Cream of Mushroom Soup
Baked Pasta Florentine
Beef Stroganoff with Cream Sauce
Broccoli Rabe (Rapini) and Pasta with White Bean and Anchovy Sauce
Broccoli, Olives and Feta Pasta Salad
Cheesy Chili for a Crowd
Cheesy Farfalle with Asparagus, Mushrooms and Toasted Walnuts
Chicken and Pasta With Creamy Walnut Sauce
Chicken Carbonara
Chicken Mac Casserole
Crys's Pasta Salad

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