No two noodles are the same. Each noodle — with its own size, shape, and texture — is made to be savored with different dishes and sauces, from light, olive oil-based sauces to hearty, meat-based ragù. The pasta-bilities are endless!
This thick, butterfly‑shaped pasta, also known as “bowtie pasta,” is an American favorite. Perfect for pasta salads and soups, farfalle easily soaks up thick sauces like Bolognese.
Orecchiette “Little Ears”
These “little ears” are shaped like little bowls, making them ideal for thick, chunky sauces or pasta salads. They scoop up just the right amount of sauce for the perfect bite.
Shells are versatile and make great additions to soups; they can also be used as the base of a pasta salad. Or experiment with large shells — stuff them with your favorite mixture of cheese, meat, and vegetables.
Shaped like a narrow, twisted, and rolled tube, casarecce pasta perfectly scoops up the ingredients of chunky sauces — like mushrooms in a hearty cream sauce or sausage in a tomato sauce. It’s also great for casseroles.
Created in the 1960s by an industrial designer, this ruffled, ridge-shaped pasta resembles radiators. The ridges make radiatori ideal for holding on to thick sauces.
These short, thick rings resemble calamari and are shaped for the same purpose. They need a heavy sauce to stand up to them, and are perfect paired with meat or seafood sauces.
A wide, flat egg noodle, pappardelle is a bit coarser than other pasta. Traditionally served with meat sauces and ragù, pappardelle absorbs the full flavor of the accompanying sauce.
Penne Rigate “Quills” or “Feathers”
Penne rigate, a ridged pasta, locks in the flavor of virtually any sauce. Pair it with a hearty meat-, vegetable-, cream-, or oil-based sauce. It’s also great for baked dishes.
This straw-like pasta gets its name from the Italian word “buco,” meaning “hole.” It is shaped like thick spaghetti, but is hollow in the center. Bucatini, the perfect choice for nearly any sauce, found its soul mate with the classic all’Amatriciana sauce.
Flat in the center and rippled on two sides, square tacconi pasta resembles a shorter version of a lasagna noodle. This rustic pasta has a rough surface that’s designed to hold rich, earthy sauces.