How well do you know your pasta? (part two)

As promised, the following information will be a continuation of yesterday’s blog post detailing different types of pasta and their best uses. In my previous post, referencing, I listed a variety of long pasta types, so for today’s post, we shall be looking at short pasta types.

“Campanelle: Campanelle pasta is one of the lesser heard of pasta shapes. It’s rolled in a cone and has a ruffled edge, like a small bell-shaped flower. 

“Casarecce: Picture a tube-shaped pasta, but slightly open with rolled edges that weren’t quite connected. Casarecce is like a loosely rolled and twisted noodle. 

“Cavatappi: This hollow, spiral-shaped noodle is also referred to as double elbow pasta. The multiple twist and turns provide lots of surface area to get coated with sauce and trap it inside, plus the extra length gives more chew. 

“Fusilli: This spiral-shaped noodle has a lot of grooves and crevices to catch extra sauce and dressings. It’s sturdy enough to toss with a thicker sauce like marinara or meat sauce.

“Radiatori: You can use radiatori noodles in soups and casseroles. It’s not as common in grocery stores, but it’s a unique shape.

“Rotini: Rotini is a commonly known corkscrew-shaped pasta. It has a tighter spiral than fusilli. But like fusilli, it catches all types of sauces well.

“Elbows: It’s a small, half-circle shape. In addition to making pasta dishes, it’s an excellent noodle choice for casseroles.

“Farfalle: It sounds exotic, but it’s merely bow tie pasta. You’ll find it in all types of creamy pasta as well as pasta salads (and maybe even accompanying elbow macaroni on your kids’ art project). 

“Gemilli: Gemelli pasta noodles look like two thin ropes twisted together. However, it’s playing a trick on your eyes. It’s one noodle twisted to look that way.

“Penne: It’s a hollow cylinder-shaped noodle with slanted edges. It has ridges that make its texture ideal for catching sauce. You might also see it called mostaccioli.

“Rotelli: Rotelli looks a lot like something you’d see in a kid’s soup (and often will!). It’s a fun wheel shape that catches all types of sauces and ingredients in a soup or pasta. 

“Rigatoni: Rigatoni looks like the sister noodle to penne. It’s also cylinder-shaped with ridges in its texture,” the web page says.

I didn’t include every pasta type that the website lists, because there are quite a few. But, if you’re a pasta aficionado, I recommend checking out the entire article.

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