20 Pasta Shapes Around the World and The Perfect Way to Cook Them

20 Pasta Shapes Around the World and The Perfect Way to Cook Them

Pasta is quick to make and offers a lot of choices. They fulfil every vegetarian’s or non-vegetarian’s wishes. Pasta is mostly prepared with some sauce which makes them blend well. Not every sauce goes with the pasta, so you have to make sure which shape should be cooked with which sauce.
Here is a list of 20 pasta shapes and the perfect way to cook them:

1. Baked Ziti with Sausage

Ziti is a medium-sized, smooth pasta tube. Ziti is prepared by baking it. A casserole is made using cheese and tomato sauce. Here, the pasta is loaded with sausages and baked to perfection.

Baked Ziti with Sausage

2. Chicken and Pastina Soup

Pastina are tiny spheres of pasta. They are so tiny that they cannot hold any sauces. The only thing you can make from them is soup. The best way is Chicken and Pastina Soup. The flavours of Chicken go well with the Pastina.

Chicken and Pastina Soup

3. Linguine with Spinach and Mascarpone Cream

A long, flat, thin strip of pasta resembling a flattened spaghetti is Linguine. They are versatile, that means they go very well with seafood and clams, and also with tomato and cream-based sauces. The recipe is of Linguine with Spinach and Mascarpone Cream. These noodles cover the creamy texture of mascarpone cream and by adding a little bit of nutmeg gives it a perfect flavour.

Linguine with Spinach and Mascarpone Cream

4. Taco-Stuffed Pasta Shells

The shell-shaped pasta is known as Conchiglie. Since it shaped like a shell and had a cavity in the centre, it can hold thick creamy and tomato sauces. The recipe is Taco-stuffed pasta shells. The cavity is filled with ground beef, shredded Mexican cheese, crushed tomato, and the seasoning mix act as spices.

Taco-Stuffed Pasta Shells

5. Farfalle with Ricotta Cheese

Farfalle is shaped like a cute bow tie. They make up for a good presentation which automatically attracts people. They are versatile, which means you can add them in soups, make their salad, or stir them in soups.

Farfalle with Ricotta Cheese

6. Caeser Angel Hair 

Angel Hair Pasta might look like spaghetti, but they are fine strands. They are delicious with any sauce. To make this dish, use a bottle of Caesar dressing with lemon juice, bacon, black pepper, and Parmesan.

Caeser Angel Hair 

7. Vegan Baked Manicotti

Manicotti is an Italian American pasta. These are kind of tubes used for stuffing and therefore, for baked dishes. Vegan Baked Manicotti is cashew-based creamy ricotta and garlic sautéed kale, stuffed in the pasta tubes. They are drenched in tomato sauce and then baked.

Vegan Baked Manicotti

8. Giant Skillet Rigatoni

Rigatoni is originated from Italy. They are tube-shaped pasta of different lengths and diameter. Giant Skillet Rigatoni is easy to prepare. Rigatoni is tossed up with some sauce and covered with cheese to satisfy your cravings.

Giant Skillet Rigatoni

9. Ditalini-Risotto Style 

Ditalini is used in soups as it is shaped like small tubes. The translation of Ditalini means ‘Small Thimbles.’ They complement well in Thick Italian Soup and with light sauces. A Risotto from this pasta is a good idea.

Ditalini-Risotto Style

10. Sphaghetti and Meatballs

When you are going for meatballs, spaghetti acts as a perfect complement. The platter containing spaghetti, meat, breadcrumbs, tomato sauce, onions, butter, egg, and Parmigiano-Reggiano soaked in red sauce is the most comforting.

Sphaghetti and Meatballs

11. Gemelli With Mushroom Sauce

Gemelli is the two pasta strands braided together. They are not to be confused with any other spiral pasta. They can hold sauces better than other pasta because of the shape. The creamy mushroom sauce goes well with this pasta.

Gemelli With Mushroom Sauce

12. Orzo with Mint Pesto and Peas

Orzo might like grains belonging to the family of rice. They work best with light sauces as they are small in size. Serve this pasta with mint and peas as a side dish or an entree.

Orzo with Mint Pesto and Peas

13. Torchio Pasta with Squash Blossoms

Torchio is twirls of pasta shaped like a bell. Be it creamy or tomato shaped sauce, both go well with this pasta as they caught in these structures. Here, Torchio Pasta with Squash Blossoms is the recipe in which the pasta is cooked in a sauce made of garlic. The shallots are sautéed in butter with tomatoes, blossoms, olives, prosciutto, and herbs with the seasoning of salt and pepper.

Torchio Pasta with Squash Blossoms

14. Country Pasta Salad

Rotelle is shaped like a wagon wheel, often referred to as ‘wagon wheel pasta.’ They go well with pasta salads and work with thick sauces. The recipe Country Pasta Salad is made by combining turkey, rotelle, carrots, red pepper, olives, and bacon in a large bowl and serve.

Country Pasta Salad

15. Penne Arrabiatta

Penne is a medium-sized ridged tube of pasta cut at diagonal. Cream, tomato, and meat-based sauces go well with the pasta. The consistency of these sauces shouldn’t be chunky as sauces won’t flow through the tubes. You might have had Penne Arrabiatta which is nothing, but penne tossed in Arrabiatta sauce made from garlic, dried red chilli peppers, and tomatoes cooked in olive oil.

Penne Arrabiatta

16. Pappardelle with Zucchini, Anchovies, and Mint

Pappardelle is a flat ribbon of pasta. It is similar to fettuccine as it can hold thick sauces. The recipe is of Pappardelle with Zucchini, Anchovies, and Mint. Zucchini is tossed in olive oil with salt and garlic. Boiled pasta ribbons are added and topped with anchovies, mint, oil, and chives.

Pappardelle with Zucchini, Anchovies, and Mint

17. Lasagna Soup

Lasagne is a large, wide, flat sheets of pasta. Lasagne soup has layers of lasagne sauce, cheese, and meats layered to make a casserole. It can also be used in soups. This dish captures all the flavours present in a traditional lasagne in a liquid form i.e. cheese, sausage, tomato sauce, and pasta.

Lasagna Soup

18. Cannelloni with Basil Tomato Sauce

Cannelloni is a cylindrical pasta stuffed with fillings of minced meat or spinach and ricotta. These are then covered with Béchamel and tomato sauce. In this recipe, sausage is spiced in basil tomato sauce and filled in the pasta. Marinara sauce and basil leaves are added to finish it off.

Cannelloni with Basil Tomato Sauce

19. Twisted Rotini Pasta

Twisted Rotinis are versatile pasta as they grab everything around them. Every bite is full of flavours as they stick perfectly to any cheesy sauce.

Twisted Rotini Pasta

20. Orecchiette Pasta

Orecchiette Pasta is a cup-shaped pasta and can hold many sauces. They absorb all the flavours, and every bite is a treat. This pasta is Orecchiette Pasta which is tossed in Italian sausage, sun-dried tomatoes, broccoli, and olives.

Orecchiette Pasta