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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