Pasta Dishes Around the World: 8 Noodles Not From Italy or East Asia

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Italy and Asia unarguably have the pasta market cornered. The slightest mention of noodles usually conjures up images of spaghetti coated in red sauce or heaping plates of chow mein. But, while those two are duking it out to decide who invented the starchy favorite, other countries lay claim to their own unique variations on pasta dishes. Here are eight such examples.

Do you have another favorite pasta dish? Tell us about it in the comments below.

Italy and Asia unarguably have the pasta market cornered. The slightest mention of noodles usually conjures up images of spaghetti coated in red sauce or heaping plates of chow mein. But, while those two are duking it out to decide who invented the starchy favorite, other countries lay claim to their own unique variations. Here are eight such examples.

Do you have another favorite pasta dish? Tell us about it in the comments below.

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Fideua looks strikingly like Spanish paella, though it differs from the rice dish in its use of noodles. Its roots can be drawn to the Catalan and Valencian regions of Spain. According to one account, fideua was invented in the city of Gandia when a cook substituted pasta in paella as he was out of rice.

Kugel is a traditional dish of the Ashkenazi Jewish people whose origins lie in Germany and Eastern Europe. It is typically seen as a sweet noodle pudding or casserole – like a bread pudding. Indeed it was once made with bread, but, somewhere along the line, egg noodles were substituted. If not served as a dessert, kugel might also be made with potatoes and served as a side dish.

Kheer is a creamy Indian pudding that can be made with toasted rice or vermicelli noodles. A simple dish, it consists primarily of milk, noodles and sugar cooked together and sweetened with cardamom. Kheer is a very popular dish at festivals and religious celebrations.

Pasta makes an appearance in Afghan cuisine in the form of ravioli-like aushak and mantoo. The steamed pasta pillows contain either a scallion filling (aushak) or ground beef or lamb (mantoo.) Both are topped with a ground meat sauce as well as a garlic yogurt sauce.

Another German dish, spaetzle is a dumpling-like egg noodle. Traditionally the irregularly shaped noodles is made by scraping dough off a board into boiling water. Spaetzle is most often served as a side dish, particularly with meaty dishes that feature a heavy gravy.

Pastitsio is often referred to as Greek lasagna, but the similarities don't extend past the layering and use of pasta. This substantial dish begins wish a layer of pasta, usually tube shaped. Atop this is a middle layer of ground beef in a cinnamon or nutmeg spiced tomato sauce. The casserole is crowned with a thick, creamy bechamel sauce and baked.

Also known as koshary, this hodgepodge dish is a staple Egyptian street food – popular because it is quick and cheap. A carb lover's dream, it consists of It consists of a base of rice, lentils, chickpeas and pasta topped with garlic, vinegar and spicy tomato sauce. Fried onions are sprinkled on top for a little crunch.

Another stuffed pasta, pelmeni are Russian ravioli or dumplings originating in Siberia. A relative of the Polish pierogi, pelmini start with a basic pasta dough of flour and water rolled thin. While a pierogi would typically have a potato-based filling, Pelmeni are usually stuffed with minced meat or mushrooms. Also, unlike its other Eastern European cousins, pelmeni are never made with a sweet filling.

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