Originating from Italy, macaroni has conquered almost the whole world, but occupies an important place on the Lithuanian table. Today, there are about 350 different types of pasta, each characterized by its own unique shape, composition and method of preparation. Chef Gian Luca Demarco jokes that this is how all pastas in Italy get their name. And to make it easier not to get lost when choosing the most suitable pasta for you, the food masters of “Maximas” present the most popular types that are often found in Lithuanian stores.
Lithuanians are buying more and more pasta
As noted by Ernesta Dapkine, director of communication and image department of the Lithuanian shopping chain “Maxima”, although Lithuanians cannot really match Italians in terms of pasta consumption, they are bought more and more in our country every year.
Last year alone, pasta sales at Maxima stores increased by 7 percent. 44 percent were also observed. The increased popularity of gluten-free or vegetable-based pasta.
“As for the year 2021, the trend of using more unusual ingredients for our taste in our food continues. For example, in the first half of this year, sales of organic pasta increased by 14 percent. It is true that the products of some manufacturers are sometimes popular. The record holder in terms of sales change – 4 in the popularity of gluten-free spaghetti Such trends show that people are looking for new flavors, trying alternative types of pasta”, concludes E. Dapkienė.
Brigitta Baratinkait, Head of Food Production at Maximos, backed him up, saying that the store’s shelves are filled with macaroni of not only different tastes and characteristics, but also shapes. Experts present the most popular of them.
This is probably the most popular type of long pasta, which is also well known to Lithuanians. Judging by their width, it is an intermediate choice between the divine-sounding and the same-tasting, more slender – Angel hairAnd the thick ones – Bucatini Pasta. Spaghetti-like pasta goes well with a thick sauce, grated hard cheese, large vegetables, meat or mushrooms.
Another type of pasta, more common in Lithuania, differs from spaghetti in its thickness and flatness. Light in texture, they go well with seafood or garlic and oil. Interestingly, these pastas are often confused with similar ones Fettuccine Pasta. The difference between them is that the latter is a bit thinner, but not bad. That alone is worth it Fettuccine Alfredo A dish with chicken and white sauce!
Due to its flat shape, macaroni is fully recognized, loved and widely consumed by Lithuanians. Adding to their popularity is the fact that some of them do not need to be cooked – it is enough to put them in a tin between sauce and cheese. However, the latter pasta may still surprise you, because this ingredient is used in cooking lasagna soup.
Medium-sized hollow pasta tubes with diagonally cut edges are found in almost every kitchen. This is not surprising, because this shape is ideal for keeping a cheese, tomato or meat-based sauce in penne pasta, or the pesto that goes perfectly with them.
These spiral noodles hold the sauce in their grooves. Adding to its popularity is the fact that these pastas can be used together with thick sauces, they are also perfect for making salads. Almost the same Fusilli Type – rotini pasta with an even tighter coil.
much larger than Penny Along with macaroni, their edges are cut flat. Oh, and the sauce doesn’t haphazardly fill the noodles, but responsibly fills them. A dish made with this type of pasta is more like a stir-fry.
From large to small. Sometimes confused with grains, Orzo A perfect choice for soups and salads. And if you mix this pasta with just basil, parmesan and chicken broth, you can make a wonderful Italian dinner for the family in less than half an hour.
Inside these noodles, the filling is held securely by the crimped edges. Be it meat, cheese, spinach or other vegetables, when this dish is topped with the right sauce, it will not leave anyone indifferent. The important thing is that frozen and fresh ravioli are available in supermarkets, and all that remains is to cook them and cover them with homemade and finger-licking sauce.
Or another way – Italian potato dumplings. Because of their dense and small form, they’re a great testing ground for sauces you’ve created or already seen somewhere. It doesn’t matter if their base is made with sour cream and bacon, or tomato paste or ricotta cheese.
According to Maxima’s food expert B. Baratinskaitė, such a wide range of applications and the opportunity to find your favorite taste is one of the main secrets of macaroni’s success. Mushrooms or pumpkins grown in autumn, especially in Lithuania, can also be perfectly adapted here.
Chef Gian Luka supported Demarco and added that Lithuanians love to eat spicy macaroni with butter or cheese. Those who want to experience the true aroma and taste of Italian pasta should try it with pesto sauce, fresh tomatoes, anchovies, garlic and basil.
“I don’t recommend eating pasta as a side dish. We Italians taste them separately from all dishes. I can’t even think of pasta next to meat, it’s self-loathing. This dish is king and deserves special attention,” says the chef with a smile.
To cook delicious pasta, you first need to add enough water to the pot, says GL DeMarco. Many people forget to salt it, but it is not worth skipping this step, because then the best qualities of the pasta will be revealed. It is also very important not to overcook this dish, so you should follow the cooking times indicated on the pasta packets.
“For Lithuanians who want to prepare an Italian and simple dinner, I recommend spaghetti pasta. It is a safe choice. They are very easy to prepare and do not take much time, and to enjoy your offspring, choose funny fusilli,” advises GL Demarco.
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The traditional strengths of the Lithuanian retail chain “Maxima” are low prices and a wide selection, especially of Lithuanian goods. The company operating the network “Maxima LT” is the largest company with Lithuanian capital, one of the largest taxpayers and the largest creator of jobs in the country. Currently, there are more than two and a half hundred Maximos stores in Lithuania, employing about 13,000 people. employees and more than 400 thousand visitors every day. Customers.