How to Choose the Right Pasta Shape

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Rigatoni

Rigatoni
Ideal for dense, heavy, wetter sauces and for baked dishes. Try this Rustic Grilled Vegetable and Rigatoni Salad recipe.

Penne

Penne
Perfect for lighter tomato-based sauces like this Penne Alla Vodka recipe.

Fusilli

Fusilli
Ideal for adding to luncheon salads. Try this Zucchini Fusilli recipe.

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Spaghetti

Spaghetti
Perfect for lighter sauces and oil-and-garlic combinations.
Try the Spaghetti With Cherry Tomatoes recipe

Bucatini

Bucatini
Perfect for hearty, drier sauces containing meat or ham.

Farfalle

Farfalle
A natural for seafood pastas in lighter, cream-based sauces.

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Pappardelle

Pappardelle
Withstands heavy ragus of lamb or duck.

Orecchiette

Orecchiette
Goes best with dryer pasta sauces, like broccoli rabe with sausage and oil.

Radiatore

Radiatore
Most delicious when paired with heavier, wetter sauces.

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Cappelli d’Angelo

Cappelli d’Angelo
Ideal in broth-based pasta sauces.

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