You are about to experience the most extensive collection of Pasta Shapes along with Images and Descriptions on the web today! This collection of pasta pictures are actual images that I've been collecting, and continue to collect, of all the different types of pasta I've come across in my culinary travels.
Everywhere I go I am always on the look out for more shapes of pasta to add to my collection and to eat of course.
The pasta shape you choose for your Italian pasta recipe is not only important to the success of your recipe but to Italians it is a very big part of their cooking tradition. For instance, Trofie pasta is typically served with a basil pesto sauce. Serving a pasta punttanesca with anything but a spaghetti pasta is considered a crime and a sausage and broccoli rabe is always served with orechetti.
But pasta shapes are also a creative way of livening up your pasta dishes as well as adding texture and flavor. Think of all the beautiful shapes you can use to brighten up your pasta salads and Italian soups.
The list of possibilities are endless and so are my tastebuds as I eat my way through each shape of pasta and up to the next dress size!
Does it get any more familiar then the Alphabet pasta shape or Alfabeto pasta in Italian! Great for soups but you already know that.
These tiny Pastas are perfectly named as Ancini De Pe Pe which means pepper corns. You would probably find these pastina in an Italian wedding soup.
Anelletti look like little rubber bands or giant letter "O's". Use these pasta shapes for Italian soup pasta recipes. I used it in my Straccciatella Soup.
Armoniche pasta resembles the armor of the gladiator and a great shape for any sauce you want to tuck into little ridges. Like a fresh pesto recipe would be perfect!
Bucatini is as long as a spaghetti but thicker and it's hollow in the center. Great with a thick or robust pasta sauce recipe.
Garganelli pasta. Folded and shaped into a tubular shell that looks like a miniature cannelloni shell. It's as if you took a square of pasta and wrapped it around a pencil.
Gemelli means twins in Italian and the two shapes that wrap around each other represent two twin shaped pastas. A fun pasta for any tomato, meat or pesto sauce.
Gnocchetti Sardi. This little fold of pasta is mirrors the gnocchi pasta but smaller. A hearty little pasta type with ridges just like it's sister potato pasta.
Gnocchi pasta is what I used to make my pesto calabrese. Delicious! A sister to the potato pasta but this is strictly semolina.
Lasagna noodles are used to create that old time favorite baked pasta dish. Use this flat pasta to create the layers of your next eggplant lasagna.
Lasagnetti is the miniature version of the the Lasagna. Although you wouldn't use it to make a mini Lasagna it's a fun shape to use with your favorite pesto recipe.
Linguini is a flat pasta the length of spaghetti and is the all time famous pasta used in Linguini and clam sauce. Have it red or white.
Lumaconi closely resemble their name sake as being the Snails Shell. A uniquely large pasta shape you can stuff just as easily a large pasta shell.
Mafalda is an extra long pasta with edges shaped like lasagna. The width is thinner then lasagna and is usually made to be very long in length.
Manicotti. A giant, hollow pasta resembling penne pasta is great for stuffed and backed pasta dishes filled with a Ricotta mixture and topped with a marinara sauce.
Mezze Maniche (Man-e-kay) means short sleeves as in short sleeves of a shirt. Great shape for an Italian meat sauce!
Mostaccioli or little Mustache, much like the Manicotti, resembles the Penne Pasta. Mostaccioli is also an Italian cookie.
Orechetti or little Ears is a hearty bite sized pasta shaped like little hats. Traditionally used in an Italian pasta recipe made with Sausage and broccoli rabe.
Orzo pasta is small enough to be used in a pasta soup or in a chopped vegetable pasta salad. It resembles rice but bigger.
Paccheri is a jumbo sized Rigatoni with out the ridges. Another great pasta shape to use for a Bolognese sauce or other bold pasta sauce recipes.
Pantacce pasta is a mini bite sized lasagna pasta shapes. The wide pasta is wonderful for any pasta sauce to dance on top of.
Pappardelle Pasta are like a long piece of paper. It's super wide and thin cut pasta, wider then a Tagliatelle pasta. Use it with a Porcini Mushroom Cream Sauce. To Die for!
Pasta Al Ceppo translates into Pasta on a stick. This looks like a parchment paper scroll. Although in the 60's we might have described it a little differently. :o)
Penne Candela! The long and hollow Pen Candle pasta. Although I haven't come up with a great Italian pasta recipe for this pasta I will keep my creative sauces simmering.
Penne mean pen and mezzo is the Italian word for half. This half sized penne is a bite sized pasta perfect for any pasta salad recipe.
Pennette pasta is a smaller version of a standard Penne Pasta. "ini" or "ette" is an extenuation of an Italian word explaining how small it is. This would be a nice little shape for an Italian pasta salad.