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Spice up your pasta Rotini with some Ziti! Ziti is a popular tube-shaped pasta, originally named for the word zita, which means bride. Traditionally, ziti is the classic pasta served at weddings as the zita aka bride’s pasta.
In Campania and other southern regions of Italy, these tasty tubes of pasta are traditionally broken by hand, right before cooking. We can’t help but ask…if other smaller forms of pasta are available, why do Italians bother to break it up? Like many traditions, it’s all about history and family.
Ziti is actually an ancient style of pasta, born in the days when there were not so many sizes to choose from and no cooking pots to fit long pasta in! In addition to weddings, ziti was and are also served when celebrating a holiday or family occasion. In the past, it was customary for the women of the family to gather together and perform the ritual of ‘breaking’ the pasta. This tradition still happens today!
Ahhh, the cooking pasta-bilities! Ziti goes well with fresh, light sauces like olive oil or a simple fresh tomato sauce. It’s also a great add-on to baked casserole dishes. Popular casserole dishes that contain ziti are called pasta al forno, or oven-baked pasta. Try your hand at a yummy pasta al forno dish below that’s perfect for the season.
Root Vegetables Pasta Gratin adapted from Share the Pasta
Root veggies are all over this time of year, time to enjoy them! Prepare this dish in advance and bake day-of or prep and cook in one day. Our Root Vegetable Pasta Gratin recipe pairs pasta with warm winter flavors and vegetables for a dish that is as comforting as it is healthy (trust us, it’s pasta-tively amazing).