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By Kevin Williams
You just wouldn't think that Amish culinary traditions and Italian would have much in common. The historical roots of the Amish are in Germany and Switzerland and Italy is in southern Europe. But both culinary cultures share a love of pasta...The Amish tend towards noodles while Italians are all about spaghettis, zitis, and anything else! I grew up in an Italian-American family, so pasta was always on the table. Here are five recipes that combine the best of both worlds.
EASIEST HOMEMADE NOODLES EVER: This is a quintessentially Amish recipe, but I'm sure Italians would love it too. Click here.
AMISH RIGATONI RECIPE: Ah, now this is what I had in mind: an Italian pasta (rigatoni) in an Amish recipe. Click here.
HOMEMADE PASTA/PIZZA SAUCE: The secret is in the sauce, right? This isn't Amish (but it's close), this is Rosanna's recipe for perfect pasta sauce and then you can bury your spaghetti with it. Click here.
PIZZA CASSEROLE: This is a classic that sort of "marries" the two culinary cultures in one "pile meal": pizza casserole. You have noodles, sauce, hamburger, this is a quintessential Amish/Italian combination. Click here for a meal worthy of an army.
CLASSIC PIZZA LOAF: Again, you combine some elements of Italian and Amish (bread, pasta sauce) and you get this amazing dish. Click here.