The Italian fresh pasta
Fresh pasta is one of the truest Italian icons in the world and a key player among numberless world-acclaimed “Made in Italy” commodities. When it comes to fresh pasta, one cannot but immediately recall the century-long Italian culinary tradition. Pasta is undoubtedly the backbone of the Italian diet, while homemade versions have always been imitated all over the world.
Last but not least, pasta means home, family and tradition for all the Italians.
There are many types of fresh pasta and each Italian region is proud of its own tradition.
DiGusto offers – just to mention some of the most famous types of pasta – Tagliatelle, Pizzoccheri, Gnocchi, Fusilli, Cavatelli, Orecchiette, Lasagne, Pici, Ravioli, Tortelli, and Cannelloni all lovingly handmade by Monica.
What are the nutritional properties of pasta?
100 grams of fresh (cooked) pasta provide about 124 Calories and contain: water, proteins, lipids, carbohydrates, sodium, potassium, iron, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, zinc, vitamin B1, B2, B3, B6, B9 (folic acid).
The World famous Mediterranean diet
Fresh pasta offers a slow release of glucose into the blood, ensuring long-term energy for the body. The absence of cholesterol makes fresh pasta also ideal for anybody suffering from cardiovascular issues.
Fresh pasta is a type of food based on flour or wheat semolina and it contains gluten: it cannot be consumed by celiac subjects or by people suffering from gluten intolerance.
The integration of pasta with other ingredients, such as oil, butter, cheese, meat, vegetables, eggs, etc. complement all the latter, enhancing their very nutritional value.
Pasta should be cooked “al dente”: you’d have to thoroughly chew it, thus facilitating its digestion in the mouth with salivary enzymes, and a longer permanence in the stomach resulting in a sense of satiety.
Despite a common belief, pasta will not make you fat: it’s just an excellent source of energy (about 350 kcal per 100 g) and offers a good satiating effect.
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