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The words pasta and noodle often are used interchangeably, but in fact, technically there are differences. Most noodles are flat; pasta shapes vary. Noodles are added to something else; pasta is a dish unto itself. Noodles are known for what they’re made of: rice, wheat, potato, buckwheat, etc., whereas pasta is known for its shape. Casseroles always are made with noodles, as are soups. Although its origins are Arabic, pasta is an Italian word to describe Italian dishes. Noodles’ ethnicity varies. There are egg noodles, which are popular in Pennsylvania Dutch cuisine (and in its German roots), rice noodles and buckwheat noodles found in Asian dishes, and cellophane noodles made from beans or potato starch.