Plentiful Pasta

Pasta comes in a large variety of shapes, sizes and even colors.

Some shapes have particular uses, while others can easily be used in any number of ways.

Let’s take a look at some of the more commonly known and used pasta shapes.

  • The Pasta Shapes
  • Anelli: Italian pasta that consists of small rings. Used in soups and pasta salads.
  • Cresti-di-gali: Looks like a rooster’s comb
  • Cannelloni: Hollow tubes up to 2 inches long
  • Ditalini: Small thimble shapes
  • Farfalle: Shaped like a bowtie. The word means butterfly in Italian.
  • Funghini: These pasta are related to the mushroom family and used in soups and stews
  • Fusilli bucati: Corkscrew shaped pasta
  • Lumache: Pasta shaped like a snails shell
  • Macaroni: Curved pasta, comes in many sizes with a hollow center
  • Occhi-di-lupo: Very large tubes of pasta sometimes referred to as wolfs eyes
  • Orcchiette: Pasta shaped like ears
  • Ravioli: Small squares of pasta stuffed with different ingredients
  • Riccini: Pasta shaped like ringlet curls
  • Ruoti: Round pasta with spokes, looks like a wagon wheel
  • Tortellini: Pasta that is supposed to resemble the Roman Goddess Venus’ navel
  • Vermicelli: Italian word for worms, which they resemble. Also known as spaghetti
  • Ziti: Very short tubular shaped pasta

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