Is pasta just a fancy name for noodle? Or is pasta always an Italian style noodle? Is all pasta noodles? Or the other way around?
This may be more of a language question than an actual food question...
I think the problem here is that the definitions overlap quite a bit, which is always a good cause for confusion.
Pasta is defined as shaped dough made of Durum wheat and boiled in water. That is the traditional pasta in my opinion.
Noodles are uaully long and thin, and can be made of any starchy material, like rice or even beans.
Basically, things like risoni or even fusilli are pasta, but not noodles. Spaghetti and fettuccine are both noodles and pasta. Rice noodles like ramen are noodles but not pasta.
Noodle is or atleast has become a shape. Period. In taste texture usage and ingredients, Asian and Italian "noodles" are different creatures altogether. And yes pasta is not just referring to the shape of a cooked duram wheat for. It's more of a reference to the entire dish or end result. It's a bit of a misnomer as pasta is the "noodle"" and the end resulting dish. When I think "noodle" I think of Asian cuisine. Not Italian. However many north American folks think noodles not pasta when eating say spaghetti or linguine... why??? Not sure. It's pasta man.