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Pasta & Sauce: How to Pair Together

 

 

 

Did you know that there are over 350 types of shaped pasta? Find out which sauce goes best with your favorite pasta.

Pasta & Sauce: How to Pair Together | CarriesExperimentalKitchen.com Did you know that there are over 350 types of shaped pasta? Find out which sauce goes best with your favorite pasta.

Pasta & Sauce: How to Pair Together

We all have a favorite pasta shape and for me it’s fusilli; which looks like a thicker, twisted spaghetti.  I don’t know why, it tastes the same as other shapes, but when it’s cooked perfectly al dente, nothing tastes better for Sunday Supper.

Pasta Shapes

Here are some common pasta shapes and some ideas for which sauces go best.

Long-Thin like Cappelini, Spaghetti, Linguine, or Angel Hair, pair well with thin sauces or olive oil based sauces.

Angel Hair Pasta with Bruschetta Vodka Sauce

Angel Hair Pasta with Bruschetta Vodka Sauce 

Apaghetti Aglio e Olio - Rasa Malaysia http://rasamalaysia.com/spaghetti-aglio-e-olio-with-shrimp/

Spaghetti Aglio e Olio with Shrimp from Rasa Malaysia.

Tubular like Rigatoni, Penne, Mostaccioli, or Ziti go best with thick chunky sauces like bolognese sauce or ragu. The extra texture clings to the pasta inside and out.

Pork Ragu over Pasta

Pork Ragù over Pasta 

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Butternut Squash and Sausage Penne Bolognese from Happier Homemaker

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Long-Flat like Fettuccine, Pappardelle, or Tagliatelle work well with thinner tomato or cream based sauces.

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Linguine with Limoncello Asiago Cream Sauce 

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Roasted Garlic and Red Pepper Fettuccine Alfredo from Yellow Bliss Road

Shaped like Farfalle, Orecchiette, Campanelle, Gemelli, Cavatelli, or Fusilli are perfect for chunky vegetable, pesto or tomato sauces so the sauce gets into the folds and crevices.

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Pesto Mac n’ Cheese

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Cavatelli with Spring Vegetables from Bev Cooks

What is your favorite pasta shape?


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