While penne and linguine are safe and familiar, it can be fun to experiment with new pasta noodle shapes every once in a while. Italian culinary tradition boasts a seemingly endless variety of noodles and we’ve highlighted some of our most favourite unusual suspects below.
Means “little ear.” This small, round noodle aptly resembles its namesake.
Goes well with: simple cream sauces with fun add-ins like spring peas and bacon.
A long and thin noodle with crimped edges. Looks like a narrow lasagna noodle!
Goes well with: tomato sauce and meatballs.
Short noodles rolled into an S-shape.
Goes well with: rich cheese sauces (think: an update on classic mac and cheese).
A long, thick, hollow noodle. Kind of like spaghetti with a hole in the middle.
Goes well with: spicy tomato sauces and plenty of grated parmigiano-reggiano.
Means “lilies.” A short noodle rolled to look like a flower.
Goes well with: bright, flavourful basil pesto.