Made from hard wheat semolina and water, shaped into various forms and dried; it is an essential ingredient in Italian cooking that is bought ready-made.
Small shell-shaped pasta that can be served with a sauce or added to soup or pasta salads.
One of the best-known forms of pasta and the most extensively used; it is traditionally served with tomato or meat sauce.
This spiral-shaped pasta is thinner and longer than rotini, but can replace it in most recipes.
Because of its spiral grooves, it readily holds meat, cheese and vegetable sauces; it is also ideal for salads.
Thinner than spaghetti but thicker than angel hair pasta or vermicelli noodles; it is particularly well suited to delicate sauces.
Thicker but not as wide as tagliatelle, this pasta is often served with Alfredo sauce.