Word for Wednesday: Pappardelle

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Our Word for Wednesday theme for April is pasta

Made from a durum wheat dough which is shaped and boiled, pasta dishes originate in Italy and are now enjoyed all over the world. Though the word pasta has been used in English since 1874, it didn't become common until after the second world war. The literal translation of the Italian word pasta is ‘paste’. 

Last week, we looked at the word spaghetti. Today’s word is pappardelle

Pappardelle are a ribbon-shaped pasta, similar to fettucine, which we mentioned in last week’s post, but broader. Each ribbon is two or three centimetres wide. Fresh pappardelle often have fluted edges, whereas dried pappardelle have straight ones. Originating from Tuscany, pappardelle dishes usually include a meat sauce. 

Perhaps a testament to how delicious this dish is, the word pappardelle comes from the Italian ‘pappare’ which means ‘gobble up’ or ‘eat quickly’.

13 Apr 2022
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