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Pasta Shapes

Pasta Shapes

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.

Anelli Pasta

  • Cresti-di-gali: Looks like a rooster's comb

Cresti-di-gali Pasta

  • Cannelloni: Hollow tubes up to 2 inches long

Cannelloni Pasta

  • Ditalini: Small thimble shapes

Ditalini Pasta

  • Farfalle: Shaped like a bowtie. The word means butterfly in Italian.

Farfalle Pasta

  • Funghini: These pasta are related to the mushroom family and used in soups and stews

Funghini Pasta

  • Fusilli bucati: Corkscrew shaped pasta
  • Fusilli bucati Pasta

    • Lumache: Pasta shaped like a snails shell

    Lumache Pasta

    • Macaroni: Curved pasta, comes in many sizes with a hollow center

    Elbow Macaroni Pasta

    • Occhi-di-lupo: Very large tubes of pasta sometimes referred to as wolfs eyes

    Occhi-di-lupo Pasta

    • Orcchiette: Pasta shaped like ears

    Orcchiette Pasta

    • Ravioli: Small squares of pasta stuffed with different ingredients

    Ravioli Pasta

    • Riccini: Pasta shaped like ringlet curls

    Riccini Pasta

    • Ruoti: Round pasta with spokes, looks like a wagon wheel

    Ruoti Pasta

    • Tortellini: Pasta that is supposed to resemble the Roman Goddess Venus' navel

    Tortellini Pasta

    • Vermicelli: Italian word for worms, which they resemble. Also known as spaghetti

    Vermicelli Pasta

    • Ziti: Very short tubular shaped pasta

    Ziti Pasta

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