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Pasta - what are the types?


Arguably one of the most popular foods in the world, pasta is found in many countries of the world. On the shelves of supermarkets and homes, it is present in different shapes and colors and is well known in various names all depending on the region. Some of the pasta varieties are better known in certain parts of the world and not worldwide. Some have different terms in various languages and sometimes in the same language.


This product comes in many varieties; it is an all-around food and can cook in many distinct ways. A few packets of pasta in your shelve can quickly produce a broad range of meals. It is easily found in the supermarkets in dried form, though many other supermarkets and stores also sell fresh and frozen pasta.
Pasta comes in various kinds, and before deciding on the one that you want to cook, it is important to know whether you are going to buy it in dry, fresh, or frozen form.

Dry pasta

It is the easiest to find and is packed either in bags or boxes on the shelves in grocery stores. It is well preserved and can have the ability to be kept in store for long. This type takes a little longer to cook than it does for fresh pasta. It has been preserved and sold dry for many centuries.
Fresh pasta

This type is in a semi-dry state, but is still deemed to be fresh. It is commonly packed in clear plastic containers and found in the refrigerated areas of the grocery store. It’s available in several specializing shop cuddled in a protective layer of wheat flour.
It cooks faster than the dry one and can be stored in refrigerators for a few weeks or otherwise for a month in the freezer. It can turn messy if overcooked. It is always important to confirm the expiry date before purchasing this product. Frozen items often need some more extra minutes to cook.
Frozen pasta

It is kept at low temperatures and usually sold in shops and supermarkets in small cartons and is available in various flavors. It takes a little longer to cook than takes fresh pasta.

It is always good to know the type of pasta to prepare for your best meal as they come in several varieties. They are named mostly depending on the shapes and colors. Some manufacturers and cooks come up with new names for new shapes of pasta or assign new names for old ones because of marketing purposes.


1. Long pasta
It is made by rolling or cutting and comes in several kinds and names:
Barbina - designed in thin strands coiled like nests
Bigoli - Designed in thick tubes made of whole-wheat flour
Bucatini - Made like thick hollow straw pasta resembling spaghetti
Fusilli - Can be solid or hollow with a corkscrew shape. It is also long and thick
Pici - Very thick and long hand-rolled pasta
Spaghetti - Long, thin, and cylindrical pasta made of flour and water
Spaghettini - It is simply thin spaghetti
Ziti - It is small, long, narrow horse- like tubes
Vermicelli - A traditional pasta round which is thicker than spaghetti.

2. Ribbon-cut pasta

This is pasta rolled in styles of ribbon by the use of hands or machine. They are rolled flat and then cut into desired sizes. They include:
Fettuccine - Little slices of pasta approximately 6.5 millimeters wide
Lagane - This is wide pasta
Linguine - It is well known as flattened spaghetti or little tongues
Mafalde - short rectangular ribbons of pasta
Mafaldine - They are long ribbons with their sides ruffled.
Pappardelle - They are thick and flat
Pillus - skinny ribbons
Stringozi - Ribbons resembling shoelaces
Trinette - They are thin ribbons rigged on one side
Tripoline - They are thick ribbons rigged on one side


3. Short-cut extruded pasta

Mostly made from wheat, water and salt, forced through a die and then cut and dried. It does not have eggs. It includes:
Cannelloni - large stuffable cylindrical pasta that is served with a filling and covered by sauce
Ditalini - Short tubes
Gemelli - Single S-shaped strand of pasta twisted in a loose spiral

4. Miniature pasta


They are small types of pasta mainly used in soups. They include:
Aneli - Small rings of pasta
Acini di pepe - They resemble beads
Farfalline - Small and bow tie shaped
Funghini - shaped like a small mushroom


5. Pasta with filling


A type of pasta containing various additions. They include:
Canneloni
Cappelotti
Faottini
Ravioli
Tortelloni

6. Pasture with decorative cuts


A kind of pasta made in many decorations. They include:
Capunti
Cencioni
Castellane
Corzetti


Whichever shape or color, pasta is always delicious when well-cooked and can be enjoyed by anyone.