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Pasta: funny shapes and great sauces

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It’s incredible how many kind of pasta are on the market; some are very funny shaped pasta. I have always known that there were an infinity of different shapes of pasta but I was surprised to discover how many shapes of pasta are there.

How many shapes of pasta are there?

Only in Italy, there are over 250 types of pasta consumed, considering the classic, traditional and regional pastas.
Maybe they sound many but in the nineties there were about 400 different shapes of pasta on the market.

Industrial production is progressively reducing the number of formats due to international market needs.
Pasta is classified between dry and fresh pasta, short, fine, smooth, striped.

The countless varieties of pasta are distinguished by type of dough, shape, surface and, eventually, the filling.
There are also imaginative formats and strange shapes, which are however sold more abroad

What are the different types of pasta?

The most common  type of pasta are divided into these categories:

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Fettuccine, lasagnette, spaghetti, vermicelli, trenette, pappardelle, bucatini, linguine, bavette

Macaroni, rigatoni, penne, penne, snails, pipettes, celery, snails, fusilli, garganelli

Lasagna, make falle, lasagnette

Noodles, noodles, angel hair and all the pastas that come in a skein

Sedanini, pipette, gramigna, macaroni, ditalini

Tortellini, ravioli, cappelletti, panzerotti

What are the different types of pasta?

pasta-shape-types

What are the types of pasta?

The most common  type of pasta are divided into these categories:

Fettuccine, lasagnette, spaghetti, vermicelli, trenette, pappardelle, bucatini, linguine, bavette

Macaroni, rigatoni, penne, penne, snails, pipettes, celery, snails, fusilli, garganelli

Lasagna, make falle, lasagnette

Noodles, noodles, angel hair and all the pastas that come in a skein

Sedanini, pipette, gramigna, macaroni, ditalini

Tortellini, ravioli, cappelletti, panzerotti

Italian seems to prefer short pasta (65%) to long past (35%) but without too much wonder the type and shape of pasta can significantly change from region to region.

Some pastas have really great and funny names and shape. Here are a few of our favorites:

Funny pasta shapes:

Orecchiette

(or-eh-KYEH-teh)

These are smaller, round bowl-shaped pastas. The word Orecchiette translates to mean “little ears.”

Funny pasta shapes:

Lumaconi

(loo-mah-KOH-nee)

This pasta is a hollow tube that has been folded in half. Lumaconi means “big snails,” and if you look carefully, you can see how this pasta might resemble a snail shell!

Funny pasta shapes:

Gemelli

(jeh-MEHL-lee)

Composed of two pieces of pasta twisted together. You may see how this pasta name looks a bit similar to “Gemini” which is the astrological sign of the twins. Well, “gemelli” means “twins” which makes sense since the pasta is two twin shapes twirled together!

Funny pasta shapes:

Farfalle

Farfalle (far-FAHL-leh

This pasta is a classic, often referred to many as bow-tie pasta, but the word “farfalle” actually means “butterflies.”

Funny pasta shapes: Strangolapreti

(STRAHN-goh-lah-PREH-tee)

This pasta literally translates to mean “priest stranglers.” Traditionally made with ground millet bread rather than flour, many believe that the pasta gets its name from the heavy texture too tough for a priest’s delicate palate which might choke!

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