Choose your wholegrain pasta

If you ever have the pleasure of visiting Italy - the home of pasta – you will discover a wide assortment of different types of pasta. Some have strong traditions to different areas of Italy and are served with specific sauces. Traditionally pasta is made from durum semolina – a type of wheat flour. Natureland has adapted traditional pasta recipes to create wholesome pastas made from whole grains so that you can enjoy the rich pasta taste with all the goodness included which Allah has put in nature.



Different forms of pasta and their usage


Even though the pastas have the same ingredients and taste, the different shapes have been created to enhance the taste when combined with specific sauces. Some of the more well known Italian pasta sauces include: Bolognaise – a rich meaty mince sauce; Arrabbiata – a garlic tomato sauce; or Cremosa which is a cream based sauce. There are many variations of these sauces and the beauty of cooking pasta is that you can adapt them by substituting or adding your own favourite ingredients


  1.    Spaghetti meals and sauces


Spaghetti is a long, narrow and round type of pasta that looks like strings once cooked. While most people’s favourite is spaghetti bolognaise, traditional Italian dishes seem to prefer simpler sauces. Spaghetti is generally eaten as a main meal and can be combined with either meat or just vegetables.



A simple spaghetti sauce combines garlic, olive oil and chilli with a sprinkling of oregano. Other alternatives include a rich tomato sauce, which is a favourite for children or roasted vegetables tossed with olive oil, salt and pepper. Spaghetti and meatballs is another family favourite. Meatballs can be made from beef or lamb and then cooked in an Arrabbiata tomato sauce.


  2.     Perfect Penne meal options


Penne are shorter, round hollow pasta that are cut at an angle at the end. Penne can be substituted for most spaghetti sauce recipes and are often preferred as they are less messy to eat. The hollow shape and ribbed outside of the penne helps to absorb some of the sauce into the pasta, creating a tastier dish.   


Penne are ideal for a cream based sauce combined with mushrooms or chicken. They are also delicious with a tomato, herb or meat sauce such as bolognaise. For hot summer days, penne can be used to make a pasta salad. Once cooked and cooled combine the penne with freshly cut vegetables such as peppers or spinach and toss with a generous portion of olive oil or mayonnaise.


  3.    Fancy fusilli for creative pasta dishes


Fusilli is a short, flat pasta that has been twisted into a screw shape. It is a favourite for many types of pasta dishes because it draws in the sauce and flavourings. The more decorative shape makes it more visually attractive and therefore it is often used for pasta dishes with simpler sauces or for cold pasta salads. Children also love the shape of fusilli which makes it an ideal choice for a lunchtime meal.


A refreshing pasta salad can be made by combining sun-dried tomatoes, anchovy, olives, oregano, and olive oil. Although less common, fusilli can also be used in based pasta dishes topped with crispy grilled cheese.



Other popular pasta shapes include macaroni or capellini which is a thinner version of fusilli. Select which pasta to use based on the type of sauce and dish you would like to make. If you are making pasta for guests, also think of your presentation. Spaghetti can be attractively served with a dollop of rich sauce in the centre of the bowl. Penne can be served with a herb garnishing and fine gratings of parmesan cheese. Whichever Natureland pasta shape you choose, you can be assured of a rich taste of whole grain goodness.  



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