5 Pastas Around the World
It's time to break out of your pasta box and try one of these five pasta dishes that are anything but Italian.
Shrimp, Ancho Chile, and Pasta Soup (Sopa seca de Camarones y Fideos)
In this Mexican dish, vermicelli–a thin spaghetti noodle–is paired with dried ancho ciles and shrimp. Ancho chiles (otherwise known as dried green poblano peppers) are milder than jalapeño or serrano peppers. This flavorful soup gets a licorice kick from anise seeds and spicy earthiness from cumin. Be sure to add diced avocado, fresh cilantro, and sour cream for the freshest taste and brightest flavor.
This classic Russian dish combines tender slices of sirloin steak with sautéed onions and earthy cremini mushrooms. An easy roux thickens the tangy sour cream sauce, which lends great flavor to the meat and veggies. Serve over wide egg noodles for a super satisfying supper.
Mediterranean Orzo Salad with Feta Vinaigrette
Orzo is a tiny rice-shaped pasta made from hard wheat semolina flour. In this Mediterranean dish, it gets a flavor boost from leafy baby spinach, sweet and tart sund-dried tomatoes, pungent red onions, salty kalamata olives, marinated artichoke hearts, and of course, that Mediterranean staple: feta cheese. Simply mix everything together for a truly beautiful Greek-inspired pasta salad.
Five-Spice Pork Lo Mein
Lo mein is the quintessential Chinese pasta dish. To make your own at home, top Chinese-style noodles with pork that's been seasoned with five-spice powder and fresh ginger. Sweet hoisin sauce and fresh green onions really tie this meal together. Once you've tasted this dish, you'll be sure to think "lo mein" instead of "spaghetti" next time you're craving pasta.
In this Hungarian pasta dish, cubes of pork tenderloin are dredged in flour and browned in bacon fat until the juices are sealed in each piece. Paprika, a Hungarian staple, infused the sauce with it signature deep orange color and medium heat. Add chicken broth and sour cream and serve over egg noodles.