21 Types of Pasta Every Carb-Loving, Comfort-Food-Craver Should Know
Any pasta lover or Italian food fanatic knows that picking the right pasta shape can elevate your good pasta recipes into great pasta dishes. (There's a reason that restaurants keep many types of pasta in stock; the perfect noodle exists for every sauce or dish.)
Grocery store shelves and restaurant menus are filled with different pasta names and shapes, but there are a few basics—and a few unique kinds of pasta—that everyone should know, especially if eating pasta is a regular habit. (Once you know your preferred noodle, picking the best pasta brands is easy too.)
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Here, we list more than 20 different shapes of pasta, with pictures, a handy chart, cooking times, and best uses and sauce pairings, so you can find your perfect pasta and pair it with a dish that makes it shine. (Or, if you have a favorite pasta sauce, you can find the perfect noodle to serve it with.) Whether you're just learning how to cook pasta or you make homemade noodles, there's something to learn from our guide to tasty, irresistible pasta noodles.