Did you know that there are more than 600 pasta shapes worldwide? From twisted pasta to tubular pasta to stuffed noodles to long noodles—it’s so easy to get confused. Let’s take a quick trip to Italy, and learn about some of the more common varieties of pasta:
Farfalle is the Italian translation for butterflies, while Americans commonly refer to them as bow ties. Traditionally, farfalle is accompanied by colorful sauce, with herbs or fresh vegetables. Miniature farfalle, or tripolini, are typically used in soups and salads.
Gemelli, or twins in Italian, is a short, twisted pasta that looks like two strands of spaghetti intertwined with one another. Typically, this pasta shape works best with light vegetable or olive oil-based sauces.
Penne, known for resembling feathers, is a short pasta about 1 ¼ inch long, tubular shaped and has slanted cuts at both ends. Penne compliments almost any recipe and pairs nicely with meat, vegetables and any type of sauce. While there are both ridged and smooth versions, the ridged penne allows sauce to cling a bit more.
Want to explore even more pasta shapes and types? Check out Pasta Shapes 101.
Doesn’t a big bowl of pasta sound delicious right about now? Your local Sparkle Market has all of your favorites! Stop by and pick up all of your favorite shapes and sizes!