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Difference Between Macaroni and Pasta

Macaroni vs Pasta

The Italian recipe pasta is popular all over the world for being a quick breakfast, and kids just love its taste. Pasta is actually the dough that is made with wheat flour and water, sometimes mixed with eggs, but it is just the starting point as many different shapes are made after drying this dough. Macaroni is one shape that looks like an elbow, is 3-5 inches in length and is a hollow cylindrical tube. This is the basic difference between pasta and macaroni despite, macaroni being pasta basically. Let us take a closer look.

Pasta, though known differently in different cultures, has traditionally being used since ancient times, and legend has it that Marco Polo brought macaroni, one of pasta variants from China when he was on one of his voyages. There are many varieties of pasta, and not all are equally popular. But it cannot be said about macaroni that is a household name in all parts of the world, especially Europe and Americas. Though pastas also are found in many East Asian cultures, the dough in Asian cultures is made differently with ingredients like rice, mung, buckwheat egg, and even lye.

Macaroni is made with machines, and it is slightly curved hollow tube like a C of English alphabet. Though it is possible to make macaroni at home, commercially made macaroni is sold worldwide. Pasta is the generic name of the dough that lends itself to many shapes and names, one of which is macaroni. So all macaroni basically, is pasta, but not all pasta is macaroni.

Can you find the difference between a Ford and a car? Both are cars, but not all cars are Ford.

What is the difference between Macaroni and Pasta?

· Pasta is a tasty food loved by kids. It is actually dough of wheat and water with eggs, sometimes.

· After drying, the dough is given many kinds of shapes and names.

· One such shape is macaroni that is thick and short cylinder.

· The shape of macaroni is characterized by C or elbow of hand.


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  • Lisa

    Sheer nonsense. Pasta is a pretentious name for macaroni that someone decided was a better marketing tool. I NEVER heard it growing up in an Italian-American household with Italian grandparents close by. All pasta is macaroni and all macaroni is pasta – same thing. They are generic names. Macaroni is not just elbow macaroni as found in mac & cheese. That’s folly. Macaroni is spaghetti, ziti, penne, lasagna, ravioli, manicotti, etc. Shape does NOT matter – it’s all macaroni. Two sets of grandparents from different regions of Italy both referred to all of them as macaroni. I NEVER heard them call any pasta. Same can be said for my wife’s family from Tuscany. Never pasta – always macaroni.

    BTW, all macaroni is NOT made by machines. That’s a joke. As any true Italian or Italian-American knows, macaroni can and is made by hand as well. It is not all “slightly curved hollow tube like a C of English alphabet”. The author of the above comments has no clue.

  • Lisa

    “The Italian recipe pasta is popular all over the world for being a quick breakfast, and kids just love its taste.”

    I missed this before.” Breakfast” ? Who eats pasta, or macaroni as I prefer to call it, for breakfast? (OK, some have it out of the fridge – like cold pizza – from the night before – but it is NOT breakfast food) What planet are you from?

    Yes, kids love its taste as do adolescents and adults. Again, you seem to be referring to mac and cheese – which you have NEVER seen on the menu of an ITALIAN restaurant.
    PLEASE – give me a break.

    What horrible information is posted that some people believe is true.

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