6 Kinds of Pasta and When to Use Them
Pasta lovers know that when preparing their favorite pasta dishes, there are few things to remember. The most important thing to keep in mind is that the difference in cut, shape, and pasta thickness all determines how the noodles end up.
That is why you need to ensure that your pasta dish is prepared favorable to its size, shape and thickness. Before preparing your pasta, you must ask yourself, “Is it better to make light sauce or should I pair this with heavy meat sauce?” The more you are knowledgeable about your pasta noodles, the better you will be able to come up with the best dish. To add to your pasta knowledge , check out these 6 kinds of pasta and when to use them.
A large, broad, flat noodle which name is rooted from the verb “pappare” which literally means to gobble up. You could adapt Plated’s Winter Ragout Pappardelle recipe and serve this type of noodle with heavy sauce.
Because of its unique shape, it is often known as bowtie pasta. Farfalle means butterfly in Italian, hence the origin of its shape and name. It is best to serve as cold pasta salad or can be combined with a bowl of meat and vegetables.
Shells are very versatile when it comes to pasta dishes because the way they are prepared often depends on its size. If the shells you have bought are big enough, you can stuff them up and bake them. You can also adapt this delectable recipe (Cheesy Spinach Stuffed Shells) if you wish to prepare your pasta dish that way. However, if your shells are medium size, it would be best partnered with casseroles with meaty sauces. While for the small shells, you may try adding them to soups and stews.
Campanelle means bellflowers, as you can see its shape very well exhibits the literal meaning of its name. Because of its one-of-a-kind shape, it is good at captivating the creaminess of thick, heavy sauces. You may also try incorporating them in cheesy bowls and use this Campanelle with Fresh Fava Beans recipe.
It is very similar to spaghetti, but hollow on the inside. These unique type of noodles are great to be partnered with casseroles, stir-fry or may be incorporated in warm stews.
Among all types of pasta, angel hair is probably the thinnest. It is made of long, fine strands that are easy to cook. Since this type of noodle is very narrow, make sure to use subtle sauces, like a light tomato sauce, or broth, or you may go as light as cooking it with butter and oil.