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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.
pasta [1] conchiglie spaghetti fusilli rotini spaghettini fettucine

conchiglie click to hear

Small shell-shaped pasta that can be served with a sauce or added to soup or pasta salads.

spaghetti click to hear

One of the best-known forms of pasta and the most extensively used; it is traditionally served with tomato or meat sauce.

fusilli click to hear

This spiral-shaped pasta is thinner and longer than rotini, but can replace it in most recipes.

rotini click to hear

Because of its spiral grooves, it readily holds meat, cheese and vegetable sauces; it is also ideal for salads.

spaghettini click to hear

Thinner than spaghetti but thicker than angel hair pasta or vermicelli noodles; it is particularly well suited to delicate sauces.

fettucine click to hear

Thicker but not as wide as tagliatelle, this pasta is often served with Alfredo sauce.