Pasta Guide

Pasta Guide

05 01 pasta guide spaghetti

spaghetti

The traditional staple, this noodle works well with any sauce. Top it with tomato sauce and meatballs and you have America’s favorite pasta dish.


05 01 pasta guide cavatappi

cavatappi

This corkscrew-shaped pasta locks in flavors, and works well with heavy meat sauces and pasta salads.


05 01 pasta guide fusilli

fusilli

This long, spiraled spaghetti is delicious with traditional sauces and also bakes well in casseroles.


05 01 pasta guide bucatini

bucatini

Like spaghetti, but thicker and hollow. Goes great with most sauces, and can even be used in a stir-fry for a change of pace.


05 01 pasta guide angel hair

angel hair

Like spaghetti, but much thinner. Goes great with light sauces, vegetables and some traditional tomato-based sauces.


05 01 pasta guide pappardelle

pappardelle

This flat, ribbon-shaped pasta goes with heavy, rich sauces or olive-oil bases. It’s quite common in winter paired with decadent ragus.


05 01 pasta guide gemelli

gemelli

This “in” noodle adds style to any pasta dish, whether the sauce is creamy, seafood-infused, dressed up with vegetables or traditional.


05 01 pasta guide penne

penne

This basic noodle pairs especially well with chunky meat or vegetable sauces, whether cream, oil or tomato based.


05 01 pasta guide campanelle

campanelle

Looks like a small bell or a cone with ruffled edges. It pairs well with lean proteins like chicken and fish, vegetables and olive-oil-based sauces.


05 01 pasta guide egg noodles

egg noodles

With a slightly different texture and flavor than most pastas, this noodle goes well with traditional Stroganoff, casseroles and soups.


05 01 pasta guide orecchiette

orecchiette

Named “little ears,” this pasta is commonly served with an olive-oil base, vegetables and sausage, or in cold pasta salads.


05 01 pasta guide radiatore

radiatore

This pasta’s shape engulfs the noodle in sauce. It works especially well baked in casseroles, in pasta salads or with tomato-based sauces.


05 01 pasta guide conchiglie

conchiglie

This shell-shaped pasta comes in many sizes, and makes a great addition to soups, pasta salads and Mac N’ Cheese. The largest variety can be stuffed with meat, cheese, sauce and vegetables and baked to perfection.


05 01 pasta guide rotini

rotini

This noodle’s twisted shape provides a fun base for almost any sauce, but works especially well with cheesy, thick sauces or baked in casseroles.


05 01 pasta guide tortellini

tortellini

This stuffed pasta can contain cheese, meat, pesto or vegetables. It’s commonly served in a cream sauce but can also serve as a base for salads or even go in soup.


05 01 pasta guide orzo

orzo

This tiny, grain-shaped noodle is typically featured as a side dish and can also be baked in a casserole or added to soups.


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