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Pasta Trivia Quiz Questions With Answers

Pasta food trivia quiz questions with answers.


Pasta Trivia Quiz Questions With Answers

What is pasta?
A: Pasta is a staple food of traditional Italian cuisine.

Typically, pasta is a noodle made from what?
A: Durum wheat flour and water.

Pasta can be made with flour from other what?
A: Cereals or grains.

In pasta, eggs may be used instead of what?
A: Water.

Pastas may be divided into what two broad categories?
A: Dried (pasta secca) and fresh (pasta fresca).

Eggs are often used as the source of the liquid component in what?
A: Fresh pasta.

Dried pasta is usually commercially produced using what process?
A: An extrusion process.


How was fresh pasta traditionally produced?
A: By hand, sometimes with the aid of simple machines.

Today many varieties of fresh pasta are also commercially produced by what?
A: Large-scale machines.

Both dried and fresh pasta come in a number of what?
A: Shapes and varieties.

In Italy the names of specific pasta shapes or types often varies with what?
A: Locale.

According to historians like Charles Perry, the Arabs adapted noodles for what?
A: Long journeys in the 5th century.

In North Africa, a food similar to pasta, known as “what” has been eaten for centuries.
A: Couscous.

At first, dry pasta was a “what” in Italy because of high labor costs?
A: Luxury item, because durum wheat semolina had to be kneaded for a long time.


In the 14th and 15th centuries, dried pasta became popular for its what?
A: Easy storage.

The dried pasta allowed people to store dried pasta in ships when doing what?
A: Exploring the New World.

A century later, pasta was present around the globe during what?
A: The voyages of discovery.

The invention of tomato sauce dates back from what century?
A: The late 18th century.

Where is the first written record of pasta with tomato sauce?
A: In the 1790 cookbook L'Apicio Moderno by Roman chef Francesco Leonardi.

Before tomato sauce was introduced, how was pasta eaten?
A: Dry with the fingers.

Where were pasta machines made since the 1600s?
A: Across the coast of Sanremo.


The extrusion press was able to produced large amounts of what?
A: Uniform pastas.

By 1867, Buitoni Company in Sansepolcro, Tuscany became one of the most successful and well-known what?
A: Pasta manufacturers in the world.

The idea of using tomato sauce to give pasta flavor was what?
A: Revolutionary since it was originally eaten plain.

It is estimated that Italians eat how much pasta per person, per year?
A: Over sixty pounds.

How much pasta do Americans eat?
A: About twenty pounds per person per year.

Besides hens' eggs and water, liquids have included what?
A: Duck eggs, milk or cream, olive or walnut oil, wine, ink from octopus, squid or cuttlefish, and even pigs' blood.

What do fresh pastas not do after cooking?
A: They do not expand in size; therefore more is needed than with dried pasta.


Dried pasta is mainly shipped over to farther locations and has a longer what?
A: Shelf life.

When cooked, dried pasta will usually increase in size how much?
A: About double.

The finest dried pasta is made how?
A: By mixing golden semolina flour, ground from durum wheat, with water.

Good quality dried pasta is identified by its what?
A: Slight rough surface and compact body.

Northern Italian cooking uses less what?
A: Tomato sauce, garlic and herbs.

In Northern Italy what type of sauce is more common?
A: White sauce.

What are the most popular types of pasta?
A: Penne, spaghetti, and macaroni.

The storage of pasta depends on what?
A: How far along it is processed.

Uncooked pasta can sit on the shelf for how long if airtight and stored in a cool, dry area.
A: A year.