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How Well Do You Know Pasta Sauces?

Can you tell the difference between a ragù and pesto?

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  1. 1. Let's start with an easy one. What sauce is this?

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    Spinach and ricotta
    Salsa verde
    Pesto alla Genovese
    Pesto alla Siciliana
  2. 2. What is the name of the white sauce used in lasagna?

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    Béchamel
    Mayonnaise
    Salsa bianca
    Lasagna sauce
  3. 3. Should you put garlic in an Amatriciana?

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    Fuck yes!
    No, it would be a sin.
    You can. It's a flexible recipe.
  4. 4. A slightly harder one: Which of these two dishes is gnocchi alla Sorrentina?

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  5. 5. Now a controversial one: Should you use cream in a carbonara?

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    No. It's cheating.
    Of course you can. Why do you think it's so creamy?
  6. 6. What is the core ingredient in pasta alla norma?

    Aubergine
    Tuna
    Swordfish
    Wild boar
  7. 7. And how about a puttanesca? What goes into that?

    Tuna, olives, and beans
    Anchovies, capers, and olives
    Tuna, onion, and olives
    Anchovies, onion, and tuna
  8. 8. What's the star ingredient in a gricia?

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    Pancetta
    Bacon
    Guanciale
    Jamón
  9. 9. Vongole are best topped with what cheese?

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    Parmesan
    Pecorino
    Cheese? WTF. No cheese
    Grated mozzarella
  10. 10. What gives an all’arrabbiata its punch?

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    Lots of pepper
    Onions
    Mango
    Chili
  11. 11. Should you use onions in an aglio, olio e peperoncino?

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    Yes
    No
  12. 12. Which of the following does not go in a traditional ragù alla Bolognese?

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    Celery
    Vinegar
    Carrots
    Onions
  13. 13. What should cappellacci ferraresi be filled with?

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    Pumpkin
    Ricotta and spinach
    Mushrooms
    Truffle
  14. 14. What is this wonderful dish?

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    Pajata
    White Amatriciana
    Butter, Parmesan, and pepper
    Cacio e pepe
  15. 15. And what do you use for Apulian orecchiette (con le cime di rapa)?

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    Anchovies and chili
    Lemon peel and chili
    Sardines and chili
    Orange peel and chili
  16. 16. Finally, which of these is malloreddus alla Campidanese?

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How Well Do You Know Pasta Sauces?

Pasta Amateur

Oh dear. You're a pasta amateur. You barely know the difference between garlic and an onion.

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Pasta Pro

Very good! You're nearly a pasta pro. With a bit more practice your cooking will be perfectly al dente.

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Pasta Royalty

Fantastico! You're pasta royalty. From the choice of pasta sauce combination to the amount of salt in your dishes, you're basically Italian.

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