Different Types of Pasta. Interesting Pasta Shapes

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pasta avaA lot of people like pasta and eat it rather often. But you can't imagine how many various types of pasta exist. There is long pasta, short-cut pasta, ribbon-cut pasta, decorative cut pasta, minute pasta, stuffed pasta, and irregular shape pasta. If you want to diversify your meals, use any unusual pasta shapes for your dishes. Also we offer you some pasta recipes.


Long pasta

Anelloni (thick ringed ribbons);

Anelloni

Recipe:

Smoked Haddock with Ribbon Noodles

Creamy ham pasta


Barbina (thin strands);

Barbina


Bigoli (thick tubes);

Bigoli


Bucatini (thick spaghetti-like pasta with a hole);

Bucatini

Recipe:

Four cheese bucatini


Capelli d'angelo (very thin long pasta, same as capellini);

Capelli-dangelo

Recipe:

Spicy sesame noodles


Capellini (very thin long pasta, same as capelli d'angelo);

Capellini


Fedelini (very thin spaghetti);

Fedelini


Fusilli (long, thick, corkscrew shaped pasta);

Fusilli

Recipe:

Pasta with tuna and butter bean sauce


Fusilli bucati (long coiled hollow tubes);

Fusilli-bucati


Maccheroni alla molinara (long, very thick, fresh hand-pulled pasta);

Maccheroni-alla-molinara


Matriciani (thick spaghetti-like pasta with a very little hole);

Matriciani


Perciatelli (same as bucatini);

Perciatelli


Pici (long, very thick, hand rolled pasta);

Pici


Spaghetti (long, thin, cylindrical pasta);

Spaghetti

Recipes:

Quorn Meatballs & Spaghetti

Basil Spaghetti & Cherry Tomatoes

Pepper gratin

Meatballs & spaghetti


Spaghettini (thin spaghetti);

Spaghettini


Spaghettoni (extra thick or extra long spaghetti);

Spaghettoni


Vermicelli (traditional pasta round, thicker than spaghetti);

Vermicelli

Recipe:

Vermicelli & chick peas

Vermicelli timballo

Vermicelli flan

White onion soup

Vermicelli soup


Vermicelloni (thick vermicelli);

Vermicelloni


Ziti (long, narrow hose-like tubes);

Ziti


Zitoni (wider ziti).

Zitoni



Short-cut extruded pasta

Calamarata (wide ring shaped pasta);

Calamarata


Calamaretti (wide ring shaped pasta);

Calamaretti


Cannelloni (large stuffable tube pasta);

Cannelloni

Recipe:

Spinach cannelloni

Cannelloni au gratin


Cavatappi (corkscrew-shaped macaroni);

Cavatappi

Recipe:

Minced Beef and Pasta Supper


Cellentani (corkscrew-shaped macaroni);

Cellentani


Chifferi (short and wide macaroni);

Chifferi

Recipe:

Fish & pasta pie


Ditalini (short tubes);

Ditalini

Recipe:

Tuscan Bean & Pasta Soup


Elicoidali (slightly ribbed tube pasta);

Elicoidali


Fagioloni (short narrow tube);

Fagioloni


Fideuà (short and thin tubes);

Fideua


Garganelli (egg pasta in a square shape rolled into a tube);

Garganelli


Gemelli (single S-shaped strand of pasta twisted in a loose spiral);

Gemelli


Macaroni (bent or straight tubes);

Macaroni

Recipe:

Fast soup «Minestrone»

Macaroni bake

Beef & macaroni strudel

Tuna & macaroni layer


Maccheroncelli (hollow tube-shaped pasta, slightly smaller than a pencil in thickness);

Maccheroncelli


Maltagliati (short and wide egg pasta with irregular or diagonally cut ends);

Maltagliati


Manicotti (large stuffable ridged tubes);

Manicotti


Marziani (short spirals);

Marziani

Recipe:

Stuffed peppers

Bolognese souffle


Mezzani pasta (short curved tube);

Mezzani


Mezze penne (short version of penne);

Mezze-penne


Mezzi bombardoni (wide short tubes);

Mezzi-bombardoni


Mostaccioli (similar to penne but without ridges);

Mostaccioli


Paccheri (large tube pasta);

Paccheri


Pasta al ceppo (sheet pasta that is similar in shape to a cinnamon stick);

Pasta-al-ceppo


Penne (medium length tubes with ridges, cut diagonally at both ends);

Penne

Recipe:

Arrabbiata Sauce 'n' Pasta

Penne with chicken in a creamy mushroom and cheese sauce


Penne rigate (penne with ridged sides);

Penne-rigate

Recipe:

Penne with chicken in a creamy mushroom and cheese sauce


Penne lisce (penne with smooth sides);

Penne-lisce

Recipe:

Penne with chicken in a creamy mushroom and cheese sauce


Penne zita (wider version of penne);

Penne-zita

Recipe:

Penne with chicken in a creamy mushroom and cheese sauce


Pennette (short thin version of penne);

Pennette

Recipe:

Penne with chicken in a creamy mushroom and cheese sauce


Pennoni (wider and thicker version of penne);

Pennoni

Recipe:

Penne with chicken in a creamy mushroom and cheese sauce


Rigatoncini (smaller version of rigatoni);

Rigatoncini


Rigatoni (medium-large tube with square-cut ends, sometimes slightly curved);

Rigatoni

Recipe:

Courgette pasta bake


Rotini (similar to fusilli, but with tighter helix);

Rotini


Sagne 'ncannulate (long tube formed of twisted ribbon);

Sagne-ncannulate


Spirali (tube which spirals round);

Spirali

Recipe:

Kidney & pasta turbigo


Spiralini (more tightly-coiled fusilli);

Spiralini


Trenne (penne shaped as a triangle);

Trenne


Trennette (smaller version of trenne);

Trennette


Tortiglioni (narrower rigatoni);

Tortiglioni


Tuffoli (ridged rigatoni).

Tuffoli



Ribbon-cut pasta

Bavette (narrower version of tagliatelle);

Bavette

Recipe:

Tuna tagliatelle

Creamy ham pasta


Bavettine (narrower version of bavette);

Bavettine


Ciriole (thicker version of chitarra);

Ciriole


Fettuce (wider version of fettuccine);

Fettuce

Recipe:

Smoked Haddock with Ribbon Noodles

Creamy ham pasta


Fettuccine (ribbon of pasta approximately 6.5 millimeters wide);

Fettuccine

Recipe:

Lemon & Herb Pasta

Smoked Haddock with Ribbon Noodles

Creamy ham pasta


Fettucelle (narrower version of fettuccine);

Fettucelle


Lagane (wide pasta);

Lagane


Lasagna (very wide pasta);

Lasagna

Recipes:

Mushroom lasagne

Lamb Lasagne

Lasagne al Forno

Vegetarian lasagne

Smoked fish lasagne

Smoked salmon roulade

Tomato and basil lasagne


Lasagnette (narrower version of lasagne);

Lasagnette

Recipe:

Smoked salmon roulade


Lasagnotte (longer version of lasagne);

Lasagnotte

Recipe:

Smoked salmon roulade


Linguettine (narrower version of linguine);

Linguettine


Linguine (flattened spaghetti);

Linguine

Recipe:

Spaghetti layer


Mafalde (short rectangular ribbons);

Mafalde


Mafaldine (long ribbons with ruffled sides);

Mafaldine


Pappardelle (thick flat ribbon);

Pappardelle


Pillus (very thin ribbons);

Pillus


Pizzoccheri (flat ribbon pasta, a type of short tagliatelle);

Pizzoccheri


Sagnarelli (rectangular ribbons with fluted edges);

Sagnarelli


Scialatelli or scilatielli (homemade long spaghetti with a twisted long spiral);

Scialatelli


Spaghetti alla chitarra (similar to spaghetti, but square rather than round);

Spaghetti-alla-chitarra


Stringozzi (similar to shoelaces);

Stringozzi


Tagliatelle (ribbon, narrower than fettuccine);

Tagliatelle

Recipes:

Perfectly cooked pasta

Lentil Mince with Pasta and Parmesan

Turkey tetrazzini

Fish & pasta ring

Tuna tagliatelle


Taglierini (thinner version of tagliatelle);

Taglierini

Recipe:

Tuna tagliatelle


Trenette (thin ribbon ridged on one side);

Trennette


Tripoline (thick ribbon ridged on one side).

Tripoline


Decorative cuts

Biciclette (bicycle-shaped pasta);

Biciclette


Campanelle (flattened bell-shaped pasta with a frilly edge on one end);

Campanelle


Capunti (short convex ovals resembling an open empty pea pod);

Capunti


Casarecce (short lengths rolled into a S shape);

Casarecce


Cavatelli (short, solid lengths);

Cavatelli


Cencioni (petal shaped, slightly curved with rough convex side);

Cencioni


Conchiglie (seashell shaped);

Conchiglie

Recipe:

Pasta shells with salmon and caviare

Baked cod italienne

Three-way pasta salad


Conchiglioni (large, stuffable seashell shaped);

Conchiglioni

Recipe:

Creamy Stuffed Conghiglie


Corzetti (flat figure-eight stamped);

Corzetti


Creste di galli (short, curved and ruffled);

Creste-di-galli


Croxetti (flat coin-shaped discs stamped with coats of arms);

Croxetti


Farfalle (bow tie or butterfly shaped);

Farfalle

Recipe:

Farfalle with mushrooms

Avocado pasta salad

Bow-tie pasta with salmon and tomatoes

Bow-tie pasta salad with tuna


Farfalloni (larger bow ties);

Farfalloni

Recipe:

Bow-tie pasta with salmon and tomatoes

Bow-tie pasta salad with tuna


Fiorentine (grooved cut tubes);

Fiorentine


Fiori (shaped like a flower);

Fiori


Foglie d'ulivo (shaped like an olive leaf);

Foglie-dulivo


Gigli (cone or flower shaped);

Gigli


Gramigna (short curled lengths of pasta);

Gramigna


Lanterne (curved ridges);

Lanterne


Lumache (snailshell-shaped pieces);

Lumache

Recipe:

Bean & pasta soup


Lumaconi (large snailshell-shaped pieces);

Lumaconi

Recipe:

Bean & pasta soup


Maltagliati (flat roughly cut triangles);

Maltagliati2


Mandala (pasta of a very complicated shape with several holes of different sizes);

Mandala


Marille (same as mandala);

Marille


Orecchiette (bowl- or ear-shaped pasta);

Orecchiette


Pipe (very similar to lumaconi but has lines running the length of it);

Pipe


Quadrefiore (square with rippled edges);

Quadrefiore


Radiatori (shaped like radiators pasta);

Radiatori


Ricciolini (short wide pasta with a 90-degree twist);

Ricciolini


Ricciutelle (short spiralled pasta);

Ricciutelle


Rotelle (wagon wheel-shaped pasta);

Rotelle

Recipe:

Frankfurter bake


Rotini (2-edged spiral, tightly wound);

Rotini

Recipe:

Pasta nicoise

Seafood pasta salad


Sorprese (bell shaped pasta with a crease on one side and has a ruffled edge);

Sorprese


Sorprese lisce (bell shaped pasta with a crease on one side and has a ruffled edge);

Sorprese-lisce


Strozzapreti (rolled across their width);

Strozzapreti


Torchio (torch shaped);

Torchio

Recipe:

Chicken noodle soup


Trofie (thin twisted pasta).

Trofie



Minute pasta

Acini di pepe (bead-like pasta);

Acini-di-pepe


Alfabeto (pasta shaped as letters of the alphabet);

Alfabeto


Anelli (small rings of pasta);

Anelli


Anellini (smaller version of anelli);

Anellini


Conchigliette (small shell-shaped pasta);

Conchigliette


Coralline (small short tubes of pasta);

Coralline


Ditali (small short tubes);

Ditali


Ditalini (smaller versions of ditali);

Ditalini


Egg barley (egg-based pasta grain);

Egg-barley


Farfalline (small bow tie-shaped pasta);

Farfalline

Recipe:

Bow-tie pasta with salmon and tomatoes

Bow-tie pasta salad with tuna


Fideos (pasta prepared with eggs, flour and water);

Fideos


Filini (smaller version of fideos);

Filini


Fregula (bead-like pasta from Sardinia);

Fregula


Funghini (small mushroom-shaped pasta);

Funghini


Grattini (small granular, irregular shaped past);

Grattini


Grattoni (large granular, irregular shaped pasta);

Grattoni


Midolline (flat teardrop shaped pasta);

Midolline


Occhi di pernice (very small rings of pasta);

Occhi-di-pernice


Orzo (rice shaped pasta);

Orzo

Recipe:

Orzo risotto

Tender chicken with fresh peach and pasta

Orzo with creamy mushroom and cheese sauce

Tiny pasta with Gruyere, spinach and sweetcorn


Pastina (small spheres about the same size or smaller than acini di pepe);

Pastina

Recipe:

Avgolemono soup


Pearl pasta (spheres slightly larger than acini di pepe);

Pearl-pasta


Puntine (smaller version of Risi);

Puntine


Quadrettini (small flat squares of pasta);

Quadrettini


Risi (smaller version of orzo);

Risi

Recipe:

Orzo risotto

Tender chicken with fresh peach and pasta

Orzo with creamy mushroom and cheese sauce

Tiny pasta with Gruyere, spinach and sweetcorn


Seme di melone (small seed-shaped pasta);

Seme-di-melone


Stele (small star-shaped pasta);

Stele

Recipe:

Cheesy mushroom and tomato sauce with pasta stars


Stelline (smaller version of stelle);

Stelline

Recipe:

Cheesy mushroom and tomato sauce with pasta stars


Stortini (smaller version of elbow macaroni);

Stortini

Recipe:

Devilled crab

Tuna & macaroni layer

Tomato & pasta soup


Tripolini (small bow tie-shaped pasta with rounded edges).

Tripolini



Stuffed pasta

Agnolotti (semicircular pockets);

Agnolotti


Cannelloni (rolls of pasta with various fillings);

Cannelloni

Recipe:

Cannelloni Pasta with Bechamel Sauce

Spinach and ricotta cannelloni


Cappelletti (square of dough, filled and closed to form a triangle);

Cappelletti


Casoncelli or casonsèi (stuffed pasta typical of Lombardy);

Casoncelli


Casunziei (stuffed pasta typical of the Veneto area);

Casunziei


Fagottini ('purse' or bundle of pasta, made from a round of dough gathered into a ball-shaped bundle);

Fagottini


Maultasche (pasta stuffed with meat and spinach common in southern Germany);

Maultasche


Mezzelune (semicircular pockets of about 2.5 inches diameter);

Mezzelune


Occhi di lupo (large, penne-shaped pasta that is stuffed);

Occhi-di-lupo


Pelmeni (Russian dumplings);

Pelmeni


Pierogi (Slavic dumplings of unleavened dough stuffed with varying ingredients);

Pierogi


Ravioli (squares of about 3x3 cm, stuffed with different stuffing);

Ravioli

Recipe:

Ravioli with sage

Fish ravioli


Sacchettini (round, similar to fagottini);

Sacchettini


Sacchettoni (similar to Sacchetini, but larger);

Sacchettoni


Tortellini (ring-shaped pasta, stuffed with a mixture of meat and cheese);

Tortellini


Tortelloni (round or rectangular, similar to ravioli, stuffed with a mixture of cheese and vegetables).

Tortelloni



Irregular shapes

Gnocchi (thick, soft dumplings);

Gnocchi


Maltagliati (irregular shapes of flat pasta formed from scraps of pasta production);

Maltagliati2


Passatelli (formed of bread crumbs, eggs, grated Parmesan cheese, lemon, and nutmeg, and cooked in chicken broth);

Passatelli


Spätzle (German egg pasta that is either round in shape, or completely irregular).

Spatzle

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