Your Complete Guide to Pairing Pasta Shapes with Sauces
Your weekly pasta routine, but better…
Did you know that there are over
350 types of pasta shapes? And as we unconditionally love pasta, we are firmly
convinced that there is good reason for pasta to exist in so many forms! First and foremost: Choosing the right pasta shape to compliment your sauce or
accompaniments makes a big difference to your finished dish.
types are best eaten with a certain set of ingredients, while others work well
with a wide variety of sauces. Generally, larger shapes
work better with thick, rich sauces, while skinny, more delicate shapes suit lighter
Fancy some new ideas for pasta combinations? Follow our suggestions for which
pasta shape to combine with which toppings and find out the ideal combination for
your favorite pasta.
1. Penne, chicken, and broccoli
Tubular pasta such as penne, rigatoni, or macaroni are the workhorse pastas. They
pair wonderfully with hearty sauces, as their angled openings create a larger surface
area for the sauce to fall into. Plus, the ribbing of the noodle also promotes
binding with the sauce. If you like creamy sauces, you should definitely give
this pasta favorite a try, with heavy cream, chicken, and broccoli!
2. Conchiglioni, goat cream cheese, peas, and mint
pasta like conchiglioni or lumache, with their ribbed surfaces and a deep openings,
cradle sauces better than any other pasta. Large ones can also be stuffed. Conchiglioni
go great with heavy cream or any other creamy ingredient that comes to your
mind, like ricotta or mascarpone.
Need some inspiration? This combo of creamy goat cheese, crumbly goat cheese (yes, we do love goat cheese), and Parmesan cheese is pure joy! Green peas and mint add some freshness to this magnificent dish:
3. Fettuccine, beef strips, and green asparagus
Long ribbons, like fettuccine or pappardelle, are
preferably served with rich, meaty sauces.
They also match great with a combination of seared beef strips and green asparagus, which mimic their shape. While nothing beats fresh and seasonal asparagus, you can swap in preserved ones if they’re out of season.
4. Tagliatelle, salmon fillet, and spinach
is another delicious example for long, flat pasta. Thanks to their large
surface, this pasta can absorb a lot of sauce and therefore pairs well with creamy
sauces but is thick enough not to become gluey.
Enjoy an oversized portion of tagliatelle with this cream-based sauce that’s complemented by tender salmon fillet and juicy spinach:
5. Spaghetti, avocado, and cherry tomatoes
The general rule is that delicate noodles are
for delicate sauces! According to that logic, long and skinny pasta such as
spaghetti, linguine, or vermicelli match perfectly with light or oil-based
Even though we love the classic tomato sauce with spaghetti, our unchallenged favorite is this fresh and smooth sauce with avocado, olive oil, and lime juice:
6. Campanelle, goat cream cheese, walnuts & spring onions
Campanelle, whose shape is
reminiscent of bellflowers, have just the perfect size for pocketing little
nubs of cheese, vegetables, or even nuts. Pesto and creamy sauces are also a great match, since
the sauce gets into the folds and crevices.
As we already revealed our weakness for pasta and creamy goat cheese, we highly recommend the combination of campanelle, goat cream cheese, chopped walnuts, and crisp spring onions.
What’s your favorite pasta pairing? Tell us in
the comments and upload a picture of your creations for all to enjoy! Or, send
us your recipe at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Published on February 27, 2018