Pasta, widely known as an easy and convenient food, is made of simple ingredients such as wheat, spelt, buckwheat, water and other types of flour. Pasta can be considered as healthy, appetizing dish that is easy to prepare by simply boiling or baking. Pasta takes its name from the pasty texture made from dough when it is first mixed. There are more than 300 shapes of pasta and it can be eaten fresh or dried. Fresh pasta is usually mixed, cooked, and eaten directly, whereas dry pasta is dried for longer shelf life. It is often prepared later by cooking it in boiling water.
What comes to mind when you think of Mediterranean cuisine? Is it pizza, the ever-popular Italian dish? Pasta, kebab or falafel? Most of us tend to think of these popular foods only. However, Mediterranean food is not limited to pizza and kebab only. There are so many dishes from breads to vegetables that are distinctly Mediterranean. A traditional Mediterranean food comprises of fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, as well as some fish. As Mediterranean foods are highly plant based with significantly lesser use of animal products, they are considered much healthier in comparison to other continental dishes.