Many people struggle to know which meat to pair with their pasta dishes, but if that’s the case for you, you’re probably missing out! Understanding what meat goes with pasta can transform a dish from good to great in seconds. It may even change what type of sauce gets served with the pasta. We’ve compiled a short list of the most common meats paired with pasta, so you can begin changing the way you look at Italian food!
Beef: Beef comes in many different forms, but many of those forms can be served with pasta. Beef is often paired with a red pasta sauce featuring a spicier flavor to compliment the natural flavors of the meat. One of the finest cuts of beef to be served with pasta is chopped filet mignon. The tenderness of the steak paired with the flavor of the sauce creates an unforgettable pasta dish. Ground beef is often used to create the traditional spaghetti and meatballs we all know and love. It’s a classic dish, but it’s still always good!
Chicken: Chicken is most commonly served with a white pasta sauce. The creamy and thick texture of a white sauce needs to be paired with a leaner meat, and chicken is the perfect fit. However, chicken doesn’t always have to be served with a white sauce. Chicken parmesan is a traditional Italian dish, typically served with pasta and a red pasta sauce.
Shrimp: Seafood and pasta are a great pair, especially shrimp and pasta. Shrimp can be paired with either a red or white sauce, depending on the flavor palate you’re going for. Shrimp is often paired with beef or chicken in a pasta dish as well to provide a layer of different flavors all within one dish.
At Strega North End we have pasta dishes containing beef, chicken, shrimp, and more for you to choose from. If you traditionally only order pasta with chicken, maybe it’s time to step out of your comfort zone and try something new! We have an excellent array of wines to choose from to compliment whichever dish you choose, as well as great appetizers to get your taste buds ready for the heavier pasta meal. Check out the rest of our menu to discover all the meat and pasta combinations you could stop in and try!