Yes, we know the common pastas like spaghetti, macaroni, gnocchi, etc. But here are some more fanciful pastas to know about. So the next time you look at a menu at a ‘atas’ Italian restaurant, you’ll know what to order and even explain to your friends what kind of pasta it is.
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This is what we commonly know as the “bow-tie pasta”. Farfalle actually means “butterfly” in Italian.
This is a thick, wide and flat egg noodles commonly cooked with meaty sauces.
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This is a thin, ring-shaped pasta that is commonly used in soups and pasta salads.
Don’t confuse this pasta with rice. Orzo goes well with soups and salads.
Campanelle means “bellflowers” in Italian. This flower shaped pasta works well as a tiny little bowl that captures the thick sauces.
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This is like a thick spaghetti with a hollow centre. Try using this noodles in stir-fry, casseroles or even in stews!
7. Acini di Pepe
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Also known as pastina. Acini di Pepe means ‘grains of the pepper” which describes its tiny size and spherical shape.
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This pasta is in a shape of a snail’s shell. Lumache is commonly cooked and served in heavy and chunky sauces.
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Orecchiette meaning “little ears” in Italian acts as a perfect little scoop for the sauces.
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Starting out being a homemade pasta found in Southern Italy. Now, this pasta can be found in supermarkets around the world.
Literally means “radiator” in Italian. The deep ridges on this funky shaped pasta makes it perfect for cradling thick sauces.