Pasta Names & Types - italianrecipes.ca

Pasta Names & Types List

Acomo Pepe
Cannelloni
Capelli d'angelo
Capellini
Conchiglie
Cavatappi
Farfalle
Fettucine
Fusilli
Gemelli
Gnocchi
Gomiti
Lasagne
Linguine
Mostaccioli
Penne Rigate
Perciato
Radiatore
Rotelle
Ravioli
Rigatoni
Rotini
Spaghetti
Tagliatelle
Tortellini
Trenette
Vermicelli
Ziti Riigati

 

Acomo Pepe
 

Acomo PepeAcomo Pepe

Italian for "peppercorns", they look like tiny bead-shaped pasta.

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Cannelloni
 

CannelloniCannelloni

Meat-filled or Cheese-filled tubes of pasta cooked in oven.

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Capelli d'angelo
 

Capelli d'angeloCapelli d'angelo

Angel Hair pasta - very thin pasta

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Capellini
 

CapelliniCapellini

From the Latin "capelli" for "hair", (diameter 0.90mm) capellini is very thin round pasta strands. It is only slightly thicker than angel hair, our thinnest long shape.

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Conchiglie
 

ConchiglieConchiglie

Shells, called "conchiglie" in Italian, there are many sizes of these seashell-shaped pastas.

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Cavatappi
 

CavatappiCavatappi

Tubular corkscrew or spiral shaped pasta about 1-inch long, native to southern Italy.

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Farfalle
 

FarfalleFarfalle

"Butterflies" in Italian; medium-sized pasta with a crimped center and pinked edges to form the shape of a bow tie. Bow Ties made in the Italian style are egg-free, while some versions contain egg.

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Fettucine
 

FettucineFettucine

"Little ribbons" in Italian, this shape originated in Rome. These flat wide pasta strands (width 4.70mm).are made in egg and egg-free versions. Fettuccine is classically paired with Alfredo Sauce, a rich cream sauce with Parmesan cheese.

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Fusilli
 

FusilliFusilli

Hollow corkscrew or spiral shaped pasta about 8-inches long.

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Gemelli
 

GemelliGemelli

"Twins" in Italian, this medium-sized shape resembles two short pieces of tubular spaghetti twisted together.

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Gnocchi
 

GnocchiGnocchi

Small dumplings made from potato and flour or from semolina

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Gomiti
 

GomitiGomiti

Short curved tubular pasta in a semi-circle shape.

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Lasagna
 

LasagnaLasagna

Our favorite baking shape Lasagne is a ripple-edged strip about 2-1/4-inches wide and 10-inches long. The dish, lasagne is layers of pasta, meat sauce and béchamel sauce.

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Linguine
 

LinguineLinguine

"Little tongues" in Italian, this narrow, flat pasta is a specialty of southern Italy (width 2.65mm). It is frequently paired with white or red clam sauce.

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Mostaccioli
 

PerciatoMostaccioli

Italians describe mostaccioli as "little mustaches". They are diagonally cut tubular shapes similar to penne, but larger. Mostaccioli has a smooth surface; Mostaccioli Rigati has a ridged surface.

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Penne Rigate
 

PerciatoPenne Rigate 

From the Latin for "feathers" (reminiscent of old-fashioned quill pens) they are diagonally cut tubular shapes with ridged surfaces.

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Perciato
 

PerciatoPerciato

From southern Italian dialect "perciato" meaning "pierced through", perciatelli are fat hollow strands.

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Radiatore
 

RadiatoreRadiatore

"Radiators" in Italian, these are short chunky ruffled shapes that add great eye appeal to any dish

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Rotelle
 

RotelleRotelle

Corkscrew or spiral shaped pasta, about 1-1/2-inches long.

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Ravioli
 

RavioliRavioli

Pasta cushions filled with meat or spinach - spinaci

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Rigatoni
 

RigatoniRigatoni

Large ribbed tubes about 1-1/2-inches long.

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Rotini
 

RotiniRotini

Corkscrew or spiral shaped pasta, about 1-1/2-inches long.

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Spaghetti
 

SpaghettiSpaghetti

From the Italian word for "strings"; (diameter 1.78mm) these round thin strands are our most beloved pasta shape.

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Tagliatelle
 

TagliatelleTagliatelle

Thin strips of ribbon pasta.

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Tortellini
 

TortelliniTortellini

Little pasta 'hats' with meat filling.

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Trenette
 

TrenetteTrenette

long narrow strips of pasta

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Vermicelli
 

VermicelliVermicelli

From the Latin "verme" for "worms", vermicelli is round thin pasta strands that are thinner than spaghetti.

Ziti Rigati
 

Ziti RiigatiZiti Rigati

Medium-sized tubular pasta about 2-inches long and slightly curved. This classic Southern Italian pasta means "bridegrooms"; it is often served at Sicilian weddings. Ziti Rigati has a ridged surface, while regular ziti is smooth.

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