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Do you know your bucatini from your capellini?

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  1. What are the two main ingredients in cacio e pepe?
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    Stale bread and onion
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    Black pepper and cheese
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    Basil and pine nuts
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    Olive oil and garlic
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    The two main ingredients in cacio e pepe are Parmesan cheese and black pepper.

    It's a simple emulsion of Parmesan, pasta water, and butter that creates a creamy sauce that gets finished with freshly cracked black pepper. Learn how to make it here.

    The two main ingredients in cacio e pepe are Parmesan cheese and black pepper.
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  2. Which of these pasta shapes is called bucatini?
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    Bucatini is a thick, hollow variety of spaghetti.

    It's heartier than standard spaghetti, has a hollow interior, and clings to heavy sauces such as bolognese well. It's most commonly used in bucatini all'amatriciana, a classic pasta made with cured pork and tomatoes. Learn how to make it here.

    Bucatini is a thick, hollow variety of spaghetti.
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  3. What is a piadina?
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    A cake made with cornmeal
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    A flatbread
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    A potato dumpling
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    Pasta baked in a clay pot
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    A piadina (aka a piada) is an Italian flatbread made with olive oil or lard (or a combination of both).

    They're most commonly made into sandwiches filled with cheeses, meats, or jams and are a staple Italian street food. Learn how to make them here.

    A piadina (aka a piada) is an Italian flatbread made with olive oil or lard (or a combination of both).
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  4. What is a ribollita?
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    Roasted pork shoulder in tomato sauce
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    Short ribs braised in red wine
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    Eggs cooked in tomato sauce
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    A hearty vegetable stew
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    Ribollita is a hearty vegetable stew typically made with leftover bread, kale, and white beans...

    But it can be made with just about any combination of vegetables you have. Learn how to make it here.

    Ribollita is a hearty vegetable stew typically made with leftover bread, kale, and white beans...
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  5. Osso bucco is made from what cut of pork?
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    Loin
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    Ribs
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    Shank
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    Shoulder
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    Osso bucco is made from pork shanks (which come from the leg).

    It's a tough but flavorful cut of meat that requires a long cooking time to break down. Learn how to make osso bucco here.

    Osso bucco is made from pork shanks (which come from the leg).
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  6. Which ingredient would you not find in a puttanesca sauce?
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    Anchovies
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    Capers
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    Bell pepper
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    Garlic
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    Puttanesca sauce would commonly be made with anchovies, capers, and garlic, but never bell peppers.

    The easy-to-make pasta sauce is bursting with flavor thanks to these simple but flavorful ingredients. Learn how to make it here.

    Puttanesca sauce would commonly be made with anchovies, capers, and garlic, but never bell peppers.
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  7. What are the two main ingredients in aglio e olio?
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    Garlic and olive oil
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    Anchovies and olive oil
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    Parmesan and olive oil
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    Basil and olive oil
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    Aglio e olio is a simple pasta made with olive oil and garlic.

    Red pepper flakes, parsley, and Parmesan cheese are commonly added as well. Learn how to make it here.

    Aglio e olio is a simple pasta made with olive oil and garlic.
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  8. What is guanciale?
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    A shape of pasta
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    Cured pork jowl
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    A sweet and sour sauce made with vinegar
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    A sauce made out of stale bread
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    Guanciale is cured pork jowl.

    It's similar to pancetta but slightly firmer and more flavorful. If you're feeling adventurous, you can even make your own.

    Guanciale is cured pork jowl.
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  9. Which of these is not a stuffed pasta?
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    Agnolotti
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    Manicotti
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    Fagottini
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    Capellini
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    Capellini is very thin spaghetti (aka angel-hair pasta), not a stuffed pasta.

    Agnolotti, manicotti, and fagottini are all varieties of stuffed pasta.

    Capellini is very thin spaghetti (aka angel-hair pasta), not a stuffed pasta.
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  10. Pizza margherita must be made with what three ingredients?
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    Tomato + ricotta + pesto
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    Tomato + basil + balsamic
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    Tomato + garlic + basil
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    Tomato + basil + mozzarella
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    Traditional pizza margherita is made with mozzarella, tomato, and basil.

    It's classic, simple, and delicious. Learn how to make it here.

    Traditional pizza margherita is made with mozzarella, tomato, and basil.
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