How to Choose the Right Pasta Shape

Pairing the appropriate sauce with a specific pasta shape really makes a difference in the flavor of the dish.

from The Cheating Chef's Secret Cookbook
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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.

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.

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.

Cappelli d’Angelo

Ideal in broth-based pasta sauces.

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