How to Choose the Right Pasta Shape

View as Slideshow

Rigatoni

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

Penne

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

Fusilli

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

Content continues below ad

Spaghetti

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

Bucatini

Perfect for hearty, drier sauces containing meat or ham.

Farfalle

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

Content continues below ad

Pappardelle

Withstands heavy ragus of lamb or duck.

Orecchiette

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

Radiatore

Most delicious when paired with heavier, wetter sauces.

Content continues below ad

Cappelli d’Angelo

Ideal in broth-based pasta sauces.


Become more interesting every week!

Get our Read Up newsletter

how we use your e-mail
We will use your email address to send you this newsletter. For more information please read our privacy policy.

Funny Jokes
Some people like to travel by train because 
it combines the slowness of a car with the cramped public exposure of 
an airplane. Dennis Miller
Funny Jokes
I think my pilot was a little inexperienced. We were sitting on the runway, and he said, “OK, folks, we’re gonna be taking off in a just few—whoa! Here we go.” Kevin Nealon
Funny Jokes
“I can’t wait until your vacation is over.” 
—Everyone following you on Instagram @kristencarney
Funny Jokes
A man knocked on my door and asked for a donation toward the local swimming pool. So I gave him a glass of water. Comedian Greg Davies
Funny Jokes
Just found the worst page in the entire dictionary. What I saw was disgraceful, disgusting, dishonest, and disingenuous. @sixthformpoet
Funny Jokes
Client: We need you to log in to the YouTube and make all our company videos viral. From clientsfromhell.net
Funny Jokes
My cat just walked up to the paper shredder and said, “Teach me 
everything you know.” @NicCageMatch
Funny Jokes
“Just because you can’t dance doesn’t mean you shouldn’t dance.” 
—Alcohol @yoyoha (Josh Hara)
Funny Jokes
My parents didn't want to move to Florida, but they turned 60 and that's the law. —Jerry Seinfeld
Funny Jokes
Q: What do you call an Amish guy with his hand in a horse's mouth? A: A mechanic.