Different Types of Pasta Shapes to Know and Love


Any pasta lover or Italian food fanatic knows that picking the right types of pasta can elevate your good pasta recipes into great pasta dishes. (There’s a reason that restaurants keep many different types of pasta in stock; the perfect noodle exists for every sauce or dish.)

Grocery store shelves and restaurant menus are filled with different pasta names and shapes, but there are a few basics—and a few unique types of pasta—that everyone should know, especially if they make eating it regular habit.


Whether it’s freshly made or from a box, It is one of the simplest—and most beloved—dishes to prepare at home. From stuffed shells and spaghetti and meatballs to fettuccine Alfredo and potato gnocchi, there are countless recipes that feature past as their main ingredient. This carbohydrate-rich food is traditionally made from simple ingredients, including wheat, water, and eggs, and then molded into different shapes before being cooked in boiling water. Thanks to the low-carb and gluten-free movements in the U.S., there are now a variety of “alternative” pastas made from protein-packed lentils, chickpeas, or quinoa. Many of these are offered in classic shapes like rotini, penne, or fusilli, so you can try more health-conscious versions of time-honored their recipes.

But despite how pervasive pasta is in kitchens and restaurants across America, you might see a word like “bucatini” or “pappardelle” on a menu and find yourself either completely stumped or racking your brain to recall the shape of that particular noodle. That’s why we’ve rounded up some of the most common Italian types of pasta to give you a crash course on one of the world’s most delicious, popular foods. Plus, check out our corresponding recipes for delicious twists on all your favorite traditional dishes!

What are the 5 groups of pasta?These groups are:

  • Long. Angel hair, fettuccine, fideo, fusilli, lasagna, lasagne, linguine, mafalda, pappardelle, reginette, spaghetti, tagliatelle, thin spaghetti, vermicelli.
  • Tube.
  • Soup.
  • Stuffed.
  • Special shape.
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