Difference Between Spaghetti and Noodles


Main Difference

The main difference between noodles and spaghetti is that spaghetti is a part of traditional Italian cuisine and noodles is typically eaten in many countries of the world and is associated with Asian cuisine.

Spaghetti vs. Noodles

Spaghetti is a world’s famous dish that has an Italian origin. It is one of the well-liked foods among Americans. Noodles are also a popular dish that originated in China and associated with one of the Asian cuisines. Spaghetti is usually long, both thick and thin and cylindrical. Noodles are thin, elongated and less thick. Spaghetti is made of flour or semolina and cooked in water with salt and oil that is brought to boil. Noodles are made of unleavened dough cooked in boiling oil and water. Spaghetti is not as such used in different menus. It is normally cooked in a pot of boiling water after which the menu differs with the type of sauce that is used to make the dish. Noodle is a versatile dish which is either in their dried or cooked form and makes many Asian menus. The fork is used to eat spaghetti. Traditionally, noodles are eaten with chopsticks. The main ingredient of spaghetti is wheat flour, or sometimes high-quality spaghetti is prepared of durum wheat. Noodles contain different types of ingredients such as rice flour, rice starch, potato starch, and Canna starch. Spaghetti is available in several varieties that include Spaghettini and Spaghettoni which is a thinner and thicker version of typical spaghetti. Noodles have various varieties spread across the world like Mee Pok (Southeast Asia), Lamian (China), Somen (Japan), and Nokedli (Hungary). Spaghetti is also made of an unleavened dough formed into a thick and long cylindrical shape. Noodles are a form of an unleavened dough giving them commonly a long, thin strips shape.


Comparison Chart

Spaghetti is a world’s famous dish that has an Italian originNoodles are also a popular dish that originated in China and associated with one of the Asian cuisines.
Long, Thin and CylindricalVarious Shapes
Country Dish
Part of Italian cuisineA traditional dish in many countries and a part of Asian cuisine
Usually served with a sauceServed in the form of many dishes, fried, chilled, etc.
Not added to soupCan be added to soup
Made of
Milled wheat and flourFlour, eggs, and water

What is Spaghetti?

Spaghetti is the most famous dish being used today, especially in the West. It is one of the most popular dishes in Italian cuisine. Spaghetti is made of milled wheat, flour or semolina, and water. Italian spaghetti is typically made of durum wheat. It is usually cooked in a salted, boiling water with oil which is brought to a boil. Spaghetti has a long, thin and cylindrical shape. It has different types that differ in thickness such as spaghettoni, spaghettini, and vermicelli. Spaghettoni is thicker spaghetti and takes more time to cook, spaghettini and vermicelli are known as angel hair spaghetti because they are thin and take a lot less time to cook. Moreover, various kinds of dishes are prepared with spaghetti. It is cooked with different kind of sauces, meat, and vegetables and served with tomato sauce. In some countries, except Italy, it is also served with Bolognese sauce.


What are Noodles?

Noodle is the name of a famous dish that originates in China. The name noodle derives from a German ‘nudel’ which means pasta. It would be more convenient to associate noodles with Asian cuisine because a lot of dishes prepared with it are mostly Asian dishes. Noodle is made out of unleavened dough or flour, egg, and water. It is cooked in a mixture of boiling water, salt, and oil. It can either be dried or refrigerated before cooking, depending on the type of noodles. The shape of the noodles is often associated with long thin strings, although it can take various shapes. Pasta is also a kind of noodle. Noodles can be cooked according to different kind of recipes. It is typically cooked in salted, boiling water and then drained. They can be eaten straight after boiling. But some people prefer eating noodles by frying it with other ingredients like meat and vegetables. Different noodles cooked through distinct methods are fried noodles, chilled noodles, and noodle soup in common. Also, it is used as one of the ingredients to create other dishes like noodle salad, noodles soup. Some examples of fried noodles are Chow mien, Hokkien mee, and lo mein. Noodles are also served with many soups such as beef or chicken soups.

Key Differences

  1. Spaghetti is made of milled wheat and flour whereas noodles are made out of flour, eggs, and water.
  2. Spaghetti is usually long, both thick and thin and cylindrical conversely noodles are thin, elongated and less thick.
  3. Spaghetti is a part of Italian cuisine on the other hand noodles is a traditional dish in many countries.
  4. Spaghetti is made of flour or semolina, and water on the flip side noodles are made of unleavened dough, egg, and water.
  5. Spaghetti is not added to soups while noodles are added to soups.


Spaghetti and noodles are both very famous dishes around the world and used as a staple food in many countries.

Aimie Carlson

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