The Wide and Wonderful World Of Pasta Noodles


If you think there are only a few varieties of pasta available like spaghetti or linguine noodles you will be pleasantly surprised to learn about a whole wonderful selection to choose from and an even greater number of dishes to prepare using them along with many other delicious ingredients.

Long form pasta noodles, also called strand pasta noodles, are spaghetti-like in shape and may vary in width from thin, including the angel hair variety, which is the thinnest of all types, to the thicker bucatini noodles. Long form pasta noodles can also be flat or round like ribbon pasta, which is a type of the long form variety that you probably know as fettuccine, linguine, or tagliatelle pasta.

Short form pasta noodles, as their name suggests, are shorter and can take on several different forms including the tiniest of noodles or the largest such as those that can be stuffed with meats, cheeses, and vegetables. Tubular pasta noodles are in the short form category and include elbows, manicotti, penne, and rigatoni.

Also in the short form category of noodles are shaped pastas such as farfalle, which are sometimes called "bow tie" noodles, fusilli, which are easily recognizable by their corkscrew shape, and "wagon wheel" pasta also called ruote. Stuffed pasta noodles include agnolotti, mezzelune, ravioli, and tortellini.

Specific regions throughout Italy have developed their own special forms of pasta in varying shapes and sizes over the years and there are a mind boggling number of types to choose from. You can also find pasta noodles in different flavors including egg and spinach.

Some other types of pasta include cannelloni, which are often confused with manicotti noodles as both can be stuffed and baked with sauce, and cannerozzetti, which are tubular shaped noodles with ridges.

For an interesting shape of pasta try capunti, which are rolled noodles that resemble open pea pods or cassuli, curvy shaped pasta with horizontal raised ridges, or cavatelli, small, folded noodles that look like tiny hot dog buns.

Shells and Salmon Salad Recipe

What You Need

  • 2 cups small shell pasta, cooked, rinsed, drained
  • 1 cup frozen baby sweet peas, thawed, cooked
  • 1 15 ounce can salmon, flaked
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • 1 stalk celery, diced
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons dry dill weed
  • 1 teaspoon celery salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper

How to Make It

Cook the small pasta shells according to the directions on the package.

Cook the frozen baby sweet peas according to the directions on the package and set aside.

Toss the cooked, rinsed, and drained pasta shells with the cooked peas, the flaked salmon, sliced ​​green onions, and diced celery in a large mixing bowl and set aside.

In a small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise with the dry dill weed, celery salt, and ground white pepper. Add the dressing to the macaroni and gently stir to combine all of the ingredients.

Chill the shells and salmon salad for 1 hour before serving.

Serves 6.


Source by Christine Szalay-Kudra

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