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Are You Actually Obsessed With Pasta?

This quiz isn't hard, it's al dente.

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  1. What's another name for bow-tie pasta?
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    Garganelli
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    Ditalini
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    Farfalle
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    Pelmeni
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    Farfalle is another word for bow-tie pasta.

    It translates to "butterflies" in Italian and is one of the most popular pasta varieties in the world.

    Farfalle is another word for bow-tie pasta.
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  2. What does "al dente" translate to?
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    With a bite
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    To the tooth
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    Half-cooked
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    With some chew
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    Al dente means "to the tooth" in Italian.

    It describes the texture of pasta that is tender without being soft. Learn how to perfectly cook your pasta here.

    Al dente means "to the tooth" in Italian.
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  3. Which type of flour is traditionally used to make pasta?<br />
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    Rye
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    Semolina
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    Buckwheat
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    Spelt
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    Semolina flour is a durum wheat flour traditionally used to make pasta, pizza, and bread.

    All-purpose and 00 flour (a finely ground high-protein variety) can also be used, but semolina is the most traditional option. Learn how to make fresh semolina pasta here.

    Semolina flour is a durum wheat flour traditionally used to make pasta, pizza, and bread.
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  4. Which of these pasta shapes would commonly be served with bolognese?
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    Ditalini
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    Orzo
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    Pastina
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    Tagliatelle
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    Tagliatelle is most commonly served with bolognese.

    Ditalini, orzo, and pastina are all too small to hold up to a hearty bolognese. Learn more about pairing pasta with sauce here.

    Tagliatelle is most commonly served with bolognese.
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  5. Which pasta shape would take the longest to cook?
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    Angel hair
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    Spaghetti
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    Fettuccine
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    Penne
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    Penne would take the longest to cook (about 10 to 13 minutes).

    The thicker the pasta, the longer it takes to cook. Spaghetti and fettuccine take about 8 to 12 minutes to cook while angel hair (aka capellini) can cook in as little as two minutes. See how long to cook other pasta shapes here.

    Penne would take the longest to cook (about 10 to 13 minutes).
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  6. What's the singular word for "spaghetti"?
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    Spaghette
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    Spaghotti
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    Spaghelle
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    Spaghetto
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    "Spaghetto" is the singular form of "spaghetti," referring to a single strand of pasta.

    Bet you didn't know that!

    "Spaghetto" is the singular form of "spaghetti," referring to a single strand of pasta.
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  7. Which of these is not a shape of pasta?
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    Spezzatino
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    Cavatappi
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    Strozzapreti
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    Rotini
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    Spezzatino is an Italian beef stew, not a type of pasta.

    It's typically made with beef, pancetta, and hearty vegetables. Learn how to make it here.

    Spezzatino is an Italian beef stew, not a type of pasta.
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  8. According to most back-of-package instructions, how much water should you cook a pound of pasta in?
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    ½ gallon
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    1 to 1½ gallons
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    2 to 2½ gallons
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    3 gallons
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    Most back-of-package instructions recommend cooking pasta in 1 to 1½ gallons of salted water.

    This is the traditional ratio found on most boxes of pasta (although many experts are now recommending cooking it in much less water).

    Most back-of-package instructions recommend cooking pasta in 1 to 1½ gallons of salted water.
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  9. Which of these pastas is not shaped like a tube?
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    Penne
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    Ziti
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    Rigatoni
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    Orecchiette
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    Orecchiette is not shaped liked a tube.

    It's a variety of pasta shaped like tiny ears. Learn more about it here.

    Orecchiette is not shaped liked a tube.
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  10. How much salt should you add to your water for every pound of pasta?
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    ½ teaspoon
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    1 teaspoon
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    2 teaspoons
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    1½ tablespoons
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    For every pound of pasta, use 1½ tablespoons of salt.

    This may sound like a lot, but you won't actually be consuming all of it (most will go down the drain). Learn more about seasoning your pasta water here.

    For every pound of pasta, use 1½ tablespoons of salt.
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