Noodles and Pasta are rich sources of carbohydrates. According to the standards published by the National Pasta Association, noodles must contain at least 5.5% egg solids by weight. Noodles can be added to soups and casseroles while pasta can be made a complete meal with addition of a few vegetables. Pasta is much lighter and, under Italian law, can only be made with durum wheat.

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Noodles versus Pasta comparison chart
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Definition Made from unleavened dough cooked in boiling water. Foods made from unleavened dough, buckwheat, wheat and water. Vegetable extracts and eggs are also added.
Term Derivation German nudel and Latin word – nodus (knot). Latin pasta - dough pastry, cake, Italian pasta, Greek pasta – barley porridge.
Ingredients Wheat, rice, mung bean, acorn, buckwheat, potato, canna starch. Durum wheat or durum wheat semolina, whole wheat, buckwheat, eggs.
Origin Tarim basin, China during the East Han Dynasty. Arabia
Types Basic, chilled, fried. See also Chow Mein vs. Lo Mein. Dried and fresh.
Category noodles is the sub category of broader pasta pasta can be classified as noodles macaroni lasagne spagheti stc
Fullness filling whilst very cheap filling whilst can be expensive
A kid enjoying spaghetti pasta
A kid enjoying spaghetti pasta

Nutritional value of pasta vs noodles

Noodles and pasta have high complex carbohydrates so they release energy over a period of time instead of a sudden boost. This is why marathon runners often eat a bowl of noodles or pasta the night before the race.

Noodles (plain,cooked) (per 100g) Pasta (plain,cooked) (per 100g)
Calories 138 131
Calories from Fat 17 9
Calcium 1% of daily intake 1% of daily intake
Iron 3% of daily intake 6% of daily intake
Fat 2g 1g
Saturated Fat 0g 0g
Trans Fat 0g 0g
Cholestrol 29mg 33mg
Sodium 5mg 6mg
Carbohydrates 25g 25g
Protein 5g 5g


Noodles exist in many shapes but are commonly found in thin rod shapes. Pasta also occurs in many shapes with specific names, like spaghetti and macaroni for thin rod shapes, tubes, or cylinders; or lasagna for sheets and fusilli for swirls, etc. Gnocchi and spatzle are also considered pastas.

Types of noodles and pasta

Noodles are classified based on the primary ingredient used in making them. Thus you have noodles made from wheat, rice, acorn, potato, buckwheat, etc. Pasta is predominantly of two types: fresh and dried. Dried pasta is made without eggs and can be stored for two years, while fresh pasta is made with eggs and can be stored in a refrigerator for a couple of days.


Pasta is generally cooked by boiling. Noodles can be cooked in a variety of ways. They can be cooked in water or broth and drained, can be served with salad chilled, can be fried and also served soaked in soup.

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