Pastas have fascinated me. Though they are all made basically from the same dough, they have different names based on their shapes just like our dosa, uthappam, idly etc. There are so many types but let me tell you the well known categories. They are categorised 7 ways:
- long extruded noodles:
- ribbon cut noodles:
- short-cut extruded pasta: Calamarata(wide ring shaped pasta), Cannelloni(large stuffable tubes), Gomito(bent tubes), Manicotti(large stuffable ridged tubes), Macaroni, Penne(hollow ridged tube of medium length cut diagonally at both ends), Penne rigate(penne with ridged edges), rigatoni(large and slightly curved tube), Ziti(long narrow hose-like tubes) are together under this group.
- decorative shapes:
- minute pasta:
- stuffed pasta:
- irregular shapes:
So many shapes, so many names. One thing is for sure: Italians loved their pasta. They named them like we would name our kids.
For more fun, take a little test that we came across by clicking Pasta F(P)un. Food is Fun.