When making delicious pasta dishes, be sure to choose a pasta shape and sauce that complement each other. Thin, delicate pastas (like angel hair or thin spaghetti) should be served with light, thin sauces. Thicker pasta shapes, such as fettuccine, work well with heavier sauces. Pasta shapes with holes or ridges (mostaccioli or radiatore, for example) are perfect for chunkier sauces.
Choose From The Following Shapes
Capellini - Folded pasta twisted to form the shape of a small hat. Sometimes referred to as an "alpine hat".
Spaghettini – (Thin Spaghetti) is very similar to Vermicelli. Each one is slightly thinner than Spaghetti. Spaghettini is perfect topped with any sauce, or as a salad or stir-fry ingredient.
Spaghetti - Spaghetti – ("A length of Cord") America's favorite shape, Spaghetti is the perfect choice for nearly any sauce. It can also be used to make casseroles or stir-fry dishes
Fettuccine - ¼-inch-wide ribbon noodles. It is a flat, thick noodle made similar to tagliatelle.
Shells - Shells make a great addition to soups or as the base of a wonderful salad Pennette
Penne Lisce - These pennes are smooth rather than ridged. Tomato sauces (including more chunky versions), meat sauces, and cream sauces are compatible.
Penne Rigate - Penne Rigate are ridged and ideal to lock-in flavor. Penne Rigate pairs nicely with chunky meat, chunky vegetable, cream, or oil-based sauces. Also, these shapes are great for baking dishes.
Rigatoni - ("Large Grooved") - Rigatoni's ridges and holes are perfect with any sauce, from cream or cheese, to the chunkiest meat sauces.
Rotini - ("Spirals" or "Twists") – Rotini's twisted shape holds bits of meat, vegetables and cheese, so it works well with any sauce. You can use it to create fun salads, baked casseroles, or stir-fry meals.
Ditali - ("Little Thimbles") – This versatile shape can be used as the base of any dish. Bake it, stir it into soups, or create great salads and stir-fry dishes
Elbows - A highly versatile shape that can be topped with any sauce, baked, or put in soups, salads, and stir-fry dishes. Elbow Macaroni is traditionally used to make Macaroni and Cheese
Farfalle - sSmall version of the bow tie or butterfly shaped pasta. This versatile shape can be used as the base of any dish. Bake it, stir it into soups, or create great salads and stir-fry dishes.