Updated December 16th, 2023 at 12:04 IST

Spaghetti to Pappardelle, a visual guide to every shape of pasta

We all love to eat pasta. There are delicious varieties of the dish with different sauces. But do you know what the are names of all the different pasta shapes?

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The Italian dish pasta is famous all over the world. It is delicious, comforting, creamy and soul satisfying. From alfredo pasta to meat ball spaghetti, different varieties of pasta only make us want more of this delicacy. But do you know what the different shapes and types of pasta are called? Let us take a quick look.


Perhaps the most iconic pasta shape, spaghetti consists of long, thin strands. Its simplicity makes it a favourite for various sauces, from classic marinara to creamy Alfredo. Spaghetti's slender form allows it to twirl gracefully around the fork, capturing the essence of the sauce.

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Recognisable by its short, tube-like shape with diagonally cut ends, penne is a versatile pasta that holds sauces inside its hollow center. Its simple shape makes it an excellent choice for a wide range of dishes, including baked pasta casseroles and pasta salad.

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Fusilli, with its spiral or corkscrew shape, is a delicious pasta variety that not only holds sauces well but also adds a delightful texture to dishes. The spirals can trap chunky sauces, making each bite a satisfying journey. Fusilli pairs wonderfully with both light, olive oil-based sauces and heartier cream based sauces.

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Commonly known as bow-tie or butterfly pasta, boasts a distinctive shape resembling a folded ribbon. This pasta is not only visually appealing but also practical, capturing both light and hearty sauces within its folds. Farfalle is often used in salads, as its shape complements a variety of ingredients.

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It is similar to spaghetti but with a flat, narrow profile. This pasta variety is known for its delicate and silky texture, making it a perfect partner for lighter, seafood-based sauces or simple olive oil and garlic combinations. Its flat shape allows it to cradle sauces gracefully.

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This is a wide, flat pasta that brings an indulgent touch to any dish. Its broad ribbons are perfect for pairing with rich, meat-based sauces, like Bolognese. The wide surface area of pappardelle allows for a good balance between pasta and sauce in every forkful.

Pappardelle | Image : Unsplash 

So, the next time you order or cook pasta, you will know which shape will perfectly compliment your dish.


Published December 16th, 2023 at 11:04 IST