Foodies, here’s how to know your pasta!


Anvita Srivastava
With Italian food fast becoming popular across the globe after Chinese food, pasta, which is synonymous with this cuisine, has also become a mealtime favourite in Indian homes. There are over 500 types of pasta available that can be served in different sauces to make up myriad dishes. So if you’re bored of penne or spaghetti and are looking for some variety in your pasta, here are some that you can find on your supermarket shelves.
This kind of pasta is popularly known as seashell- or shell-shaped pasta.
It is most popularly known as elbow or macaroni and is available in the form of narrow tubes. They are well suited to soups and salads.
This is similar to spaghetti, in the sense that it is a noodle kind of pasta, but much thicker and with a hollow centre.
This is long, thick, corkscrew-shaped pasta or, ideally speaking, spiral pasta that is normally used in casseroles and salads.
It is a short S-shaped pasta tube that looks like a small corkscrew. Its slender, spiral shape makes it suitable for serving with sauces, salads and casseroles.
Commonly known as bow-tie pasta, it is derived from the Italian word ‘farafalla’, which means ‘butterfly’. This can be used in casseroles and meat sauce pastas.
Rigatoni is a form of long, hollow tube-shaped pasta of varying lengths and diameters. It is larger than penne and sometimes slightly curved, but not as curved as elbow macaroni.


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Also known as risoni, this is a form of short-cut pasta and is shaped like a large grain of rice. It is suitable for vegetable dishes or thin soups.
This variety of pasta resembles penne, but with a twist as it has flat sides with pointed ends.
It is long-cut pasta with rectangular sections and it is more like flat thick noodles

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