Ah, "noodles" doesn't work here. That may well be correct, but I had to try!
Pasta refers to that KIND of food. That's while a specific word like ravioli or noodle won't work.
To me, ‘noodle’ is not any more specific than ‘pasta’. (I know, the U.S. gov't defines it differently.) But it is different grammatically (count noun vs mass noun).
I don't think "pasta" is irish enough to be worth learning it in an irish course :P