Shapes


Get to know some of your favorite pasta shapes better with this helpful guide.

Elbow Macaroni

Elbows

  • Shape: Short tubes with a slight bend in the shape
  • Recommended sauce pairings: meat, cream, seafood, or vegetable based

Adults and kids alike enjoy this shape in the American favorite, Macaroni & Cheese. Additionally, because this shape is hollow, it pairs nicely with a variety of sauces.

Fettucine

Fettuccine

  • Shape: Long, flat shape
  • Pronunciation: feht-tuh-CHEE-nee
  • Italian for: "Little ribbons"
  • Recommended sauce pairings: meat, cream, cheese, seafood, vegetable, or oil based

Because of its shape, Fettuccine pairs nicely with full-bodied sauces.

Lasagna

Lasagna

  • Shape: Broad, flat, rectangle
  • Pronunciation: luh-ZAHN-yuh
  • Italian for: "Cooking pot"
  • Recommended sauce pairings: meat, cream, and vegetable based sauces

Put a creative culinary spin on your next meal. This shape is popularly used in recipes that require baking. Fillings might include: meat, ricotta, seafood, chicken, or spinach.

Penne

Penne

  • Shape: Hollow tubes. Ends are cut at a diagonal so they are pointed.
  • Pronunciation: PEN-nay
  • Italian for: "Quills" or feather"
  • Recommended sauce pairings: chunky meat, chunky vegetable, cream, or oil based

Penne compliments virtually every sauce and is exceptional when paired with a chunky sauce. Penne is ridged and ideal to lock-in flavor. This shape is great for baking dishes, too.

Rotini

Rotini

  • Shape: Short, tight, spiral pasta
  • Pronunciation: roh-TEE-nee
  • Italian for: "Twist"
  • Recommended sauce pairings: meat, cream, vegetable, and oil based

Originating in Northern Italy, this shape pairs nicely with sauces full of flavor. The tight spiral locks-in the flavor allowing the shape to pair with both simple and sophisticated sauces. Children enjoy this fun shape. Also, these shapes are great when used in pasta salads.

Shells

Shells

  • Shape: Variety of sizes, shape of a sea shell
  • Recommended sauce pairings: meat, cream, vegetable, and oil based

Put a creative culinary spin on your next meal by adding shells to a variety of dishes. Fill large shells with meat, cheese, seafood, chicken, or vegetables. Large Shells are good for baking dishes. Toss mid-sized Shells with chunky sauces. Add Small Shells to soups, pasta salads, or casseroles.

Spaghetti

Spaghetti

  • Shape: Long, thin, round shape
  • Pronunciation: spuh-GEHT-ee
  • Italian for: "Little strings"
  • Recommended sauce pairings: meat, seafood, vegetable, or oil base.

Spaghetti, originally from Naples, is one of the most versatile and popular shapes. Spaghetti shapes compliment a variety of sauces.