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How to Choose the Right Pasta Shape

What will go best with your sauce, spaghetti or linguini? Learn how to make the best choice.

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Rigatoni

Ideal for dense, heavy, wetter sauces and for baked dishes.

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Penne

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

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Fusilli

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

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Spaghetti

Perfect for lighter sauces and oil-and-garlic combinations.

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Bucatini

Perfect for hearty, drier sauces containing meat or ham.

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Farfalle

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

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Pappardelle

Withstands heavy ragus of lamb or duck.

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Orecchiette

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

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Radiatore

Most delicious when paired with heavier, wetter sauces.

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Cappelli d’Angelo

Ideal in broth-based pasta sauces.

Reader's Digest
Originally Published in Reader's Digest