Types of PastaOnce you know the basics of pasta identification, it will be easy to choose from the huge variety on offer. In general, the thinner pasta shapes suit lighter sauces while the grooves of larger pasta shapes are perfect for capturing delicious morsels of more chunky sauces.
Types of SquashSquash varieties include button squash, scallopini and spaghetti squash and are referred to as summer squash. Pumpkins are termed winter squash.
Grilled goat's cheese saladCrisp toasted baguette is spread with a rich red onion marmalade flavoured with balsamic vinegar and rosemary, then topped with creamy goat's cheese and finished under the grill. Served with a beetroot, capsicum and lamb's lettuce (mache) salad, this makes an impressive starter.
Spaghetti with clamsThis popular dish is easily made at home. A classic tomato sauce, flavoured with chilli and fresh herbs in true Italian style, is delicious with clams, especially if tossed with perfectly cooked spaghetti. Serve with chunks of ciabatta bread and a green salad - and a glass of red wine.