11 Types of Pasta to Know and Look Smart

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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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.

1. Farfalle

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This is what we commonly know as the “bow-tie pasta”. Farfalle actually means “butterfly” in Italian.

2. Pappardelle

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This is a thick, wide and flat egg noodles commonly cooked with meaty sauces.

3. Anelli

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This is a thin, ring-shaped pasta that is commonly used in soups and pasta salads.

4. Orzo

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Don’t confuse this pasta with rice. Orzo goes well with soups and salads.

5. Campanelle

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Campanelle means “bellflowers” in Italian. This flower shaped pasta works well as a tiny little bowl that captures the thick sauces.

6. Bucatini

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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.

8. Lumache

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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.

9. Orecchiette

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Orecchiette meaning “little ears” in Italian acts as a perfect little scoop for the sauces.

10. Casarecce

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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.

11. Radiatore

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Literally means “radiator” in Italian. The deep ridges on this funky shaped pasta makes it perfect for cradling thick sauces.

Sources: The Dish, SAVEUR