18 Types of Pasta (& How to Use Them)

There are so many types of pasta! Here’s a list of pasta shapes, from common to unique, and recipes for how to use each one of them.

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Ahhh, pasta: arguably one of Italy’s best gifts to the world. Did you know there are about 350 types of pasta? These days more and more unique types of pasta are popping up at mainstream grocery stores. If you love to cook (like we do), you’ll want to experiment with all the noodles. But what are the right ways to prepare them? Which pastas work with chunky sauces, vs are thrown into soups or pasta salads?

Here are 18 of our favorite types of pasta, from everyday to unique. There’s the old favorites like spaghetti and lasagna, but lots of new ideas! There’s orecchiette, a tiny ear shaped pasta, or mafaldine, a long ribbon like pasta with curly edges. Here’s how to make each one of them into delicious recipes.

18 types of pasta, and how to use them!

More Italian recipes

Into Italian food? Here are some of our other favorite recipes:

  • Margherita Pizza The best margherita pizza recipe is based on our visits to Italy and years of research! It features tangy pizza sauce & a perfect chewy pizza crust.
  • Best Calzone Recipe Features homemade pizza dough and a veggie and two-cheese filling. Dip it in zesty pizza sauce and prepare to be amazed.
  • Easy Creamy Gnocchi Pecorino cheese, butter and pepper make the tastiest weeknight dinner: Italian comfort food at its finest.
  • Parmesan Truffle Risotto A seemingly gourmet dish, this risotto is pretty simple to put together. The black truffle flavor sends it out of this world.

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

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