Beyond the famous spaghetti and elbow pasta, there are numerous shapes of pasta from which to choose. Typically made with the same base ingredients, but each shape has characteristics that make them unique and the perfect pairing for your favorite sauce. Along with the listed pasta shapes, we’ve suggested sauce pairings you may not have tried yet!
There are numerous shapes and sizes. Experiment freely and find what works best with your favorite dish!
Flouted and petal-shaped, perfect with chickpeas or pumpkin
Narrow, twisted tubes, used with pesto “Alla Trapanese,” a tomato and almond pesto
Spiral tubes goes well with prosciutto and parmesan
Shell-shaped with rolled-in edges, and goes well with tomatoes and mushroom sauce
Small shell-shapes to go with zucchini
Elbow tube macaroni, try it with sausage and cream
Bow-shaped pasta for that special touch
Twisted shape to hold your sauce, try cream of radicchio
Ridged, radiator-shaped great with radicchio crème
Tubes with slant-cut ends, try with sausage and saffron cream
A bit thinner than Penne, try with Arrabbiata
Hollow, curved snail shape, delicious with peas and ham!
Ridged, radiator-shaped, goes well with spinach and speck sauce
Wagon-wheel shaped, try it with zucchini and bacon sauce
Hollow, tube-shaped, a perfect match with an artichoke cream sauce
With all the short pasta choices available, you’ll find there are just as many long pasta options, all with their individual characteristics. Take your pick, find what works best, but above all, have fun! Pasta can be a great way to spice up any dish.
Extremely thin, round-shaped noodle. Try it with a Cream-cheese sauce
Bold, round-shaped noodle, great with an anchovy sauce
A hollow noodle, try it with Amatriciana
Thick, flat noodle, good with Ragu
Rounded, flat and narrow. Try with Clams and parsley sauce
Wide, flat ribbon-shaped, use with Ragu with ricotta
Wide and thick noodle. Ever tried wild boar sauce?
Very thin, round-shaped noodle, use with Amatriciana
Flat and thick noodle for a Bolognese
Thin, round shaped noodle; try with shrimp and zucchini flowers sauce
Hollow, tube-shaped noodle, good with baked tomato and cheese
Short or long, curly or straight, pasta is a versatile staple for many Italian dishes. Check your recipes and substitute, experiment, see if there’s another pasta that works well with your meal!
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