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Pasta Definition
The word pasta is generally used to describe the traditional Italian noodles which has become synonymous with Italian cuisine. Pasta is a noodle made in various shapes from the flour of durum wheat by making an unleavened dough which is made by mixing water or egg and oil sometimes. Pasta can also be made from semolina and potato starch. Pasta is a part of Italian cuisine where it is a staple diet.
History of Pasta
The history of pasta is difficult to determine as this has been the food of common people for very long and there are many dishes which are made from the same ingredients of which pasta is made.
Though pasta originated in Sicily in Italy (some argue that pasta originated in China and some say it originated in Libya), is now enjoyed universally. In Germany it is termed as “Spaetzle”, in Poland it is called “Pieragi”, in Japan it is called “Udon”, and in China it is called “Mein”. Pasta can be plain, colored, filled with meat or vegetable, long, short, and depending upon the requirement.
There are around 600 shapes of pasta shapes made around the world. Some of the pasta example are below in the list.
Classification as per Shape
Long Pasta
 
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Long Pasta
 
 
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Bigoli
Bigoli- Thick tubes of pasta
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Barbine
Barbine- Thin strands of pasta coiled as nest.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Bucatini
Bucatini- Medium sized long tube shaped pasta similar to thin drinking straw, also called as Perciatelli. Bucato mean pierced on Italian.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Cappellini
Cappellini- Very thin round strands of pasta, also called as Capelli d’ Angelo Hair Pasta.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Chitarra
Chitarra- Fatter than spaghetti.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Fedelini
Fedelini- Very this spaghetti.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Fusilli Lunghi
Fusilli Lunghi- Long spiral pasta like telephone cord, also called fusilli bucati.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Linguine
Linguine- Flat noodles, wider than spaghetti, but narrower than fettuccine and elliptical in section, 4 mm in width. Linguine means “Little Tongue” in Italian.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Linguettine
Linguettine- Similar to Linguine but thinner.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Maccheroni alla molinara
Maccheroni alla molinara- It is an uneven, long and thick fresh pasta that is hand-pulled to a diameter of about 4–6 mm, also called as the Miller’s Wife pasta.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Matriciani
Matriciani- Similar to perciatelli, but folded over rather than hollowed out
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Perciatelli
Perciatelli- Fat, hollow pasta strands, Identical to bucatini.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Pici
Pici- Very thick, long, hand rolled pasta. It originates in the province of Siena in Tuscany; in the Montalcino area it is also referred to as pinci.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Spaghetti
Spaghetti- Long, thin strands of pasta.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Spaghettini
Spaghettini- Thin spaghetti.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Spaghettoni
Spaghettoni- A spaghetti that is extra thick or extra-long.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Vermicelli
Vermicelli- Fine pasta, usually folded into skeins and stuffed/filled, thinner than spaghetti.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Vermicelloni
Vermicelloni- Thick vermicelli.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Short Pasta
 
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Short Pasta
 
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Boccolotti
Boccolotti- Small tube of pasta like large finger ring.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Cannelloni
Cannelloni- Large tube-shaped pasta filled with meat or cheese.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Calamarata
Calamarata- Wide ring shaped pasta used in squid recipes
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Cavatappi
Cavatappi-Tubular, corkscrew or spiral shaped pasta also known as cellentani
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Chifferi
Chifferi- Type of Maccheroni, small and wide curved tube also called as elbow or “Gomiti” pasta.









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Denti d’ elefante

Denti d’ elefante- Small tubular pasta with ridged surface means “Elephant’s Teeth”








Ditali/Ditalini

Ditali/Ditalini- Short tubes similar to macaroni.









Elicoidali

Elicoidali- Means “helixes”, these are straight edged tube pasta with ridged curves.








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Eliche

Eliche- Spirals shaped pasta.









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Fagioli

Fagioli- Short narrow tube pasta.









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Fideua

Fideuà- Short and thin tubes of pasta used in a Spanish dish name Fideua similar to paella.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Fusilli
Fusilli- Corkscrew shaped pasta.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Gomiti
Gomiti- Short and curved, tubular pasta with semi-circle shape.










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Maccheroni

Maccheroni- General Term used for variety of small tubular pasta, short cut tubes, a favorite with cheese sauce.








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Maccheroncelli

Maccheroncelli- Hollow tube-shaped pasta that is slightly smaller than a pencil in thickness.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Macaroni
Macaroni- Elbow shaped small tubes pasta similar to chiferi.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Maltagliati
Maltagliati- A short and wide pasta with roughly or diagonally cut ends.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Manicotti
Manicotti- Large ridged pasta diagonally cut ends.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Marziani
Marziani- Short spiral pasta.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Mezzani
Mezzani- Short curved tube pasta.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Mezze Penne
Mezze Penne- Short penne.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Mezzi Bombardoni
Mezzi Bombardoni- Short and wide tube pasta.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Mostaccioli
Mostaccioli- Diagonally cut, tubular-shaped pasta.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Paccheri
Paccheri- Large tube of pasta.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Pasta al Ceppo
Pasta al Ceppo- Pasta in shape of cinnamon stick.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Penne
Penne- Quill shaped short pasta tubes. Penne means “pen” for their nib like ends.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Penne Lisce
Penne Lisce- Penne pasta with smooth surface, also called as Mostaccioli.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Penne Ziti
Penne Ziti- Fatter than normal penne.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Penne Rigate
Penne Rigate- Diagonally cut, tubular-shaped pasta with ridged surface.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Pennette
Pennette- Short and thinner version of penne.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Pennoni
Pennoni- Fat penne, largest and least common of penne.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Rigatoni
Rigatoni- Short ridged tubes pasta.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Rigatoncini
Rigatoncini- Smaller version of rigatoni.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Rotelle
Rotelle-Corkscrew or spiral shaped pasta.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Rotini
Rotini- Corkscrew or spiral shaped pasta, about 1 ½ inches long.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Ziti
Ziti- Large noodles, shaped like macaroni.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Ziti Rigati
Ziti Rigati- Medium-sized tubular pasta, slightly curved.









Ribbon Pasta
 
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Ribbon Pasta
 
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Bavette
Bavette- Narrower than tagliatelle.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Bavettine
Bavettine- Narrower than bavette.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Ciriole
Ciriole- Thicker version of chitarra.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Fettuce
Fettuce- Wider version of fettuccine.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Fettuccine
Fettuccine– Thin noodles wider than spaghetti.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Fettucelle
Fettucelle- Narrower version of fettuccine.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Lagane
Lagane- Wide shape pasta, Similar to Pappardelle.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Lasagne
Lasagne– Broad, flat, ripple-edged strips noodles, about 2-1/4-inches wide and 10-inches long usually baked with meat, cheese and tomato sauce.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Lasagnette
Lasagnette-Narrower version of Lasagne.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Lasagnotte
Lasagnotte- Longer version of Lasagne with rigged edges.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Mafalde
Mafalde- Short rectangular ribbons. Named in honor of Princess Mafalda of Savoy.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Mafaldine
Mafaldine- Long ribbons with ruffled sides.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Pillus
Pillus- Very thin ribbon Pasta.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Pappardelle
Pappardelle- Broad, long noodles of 2 cm width, can be saw edged.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Pizzoccheri
Pizzoccheri- A type of short tagliatelle, a flat ribbon pasta, made with 80% buckwheat flour and 20% wheat flour.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Sagnarelli
Sagnarelli- Rectangular ribbons with fluted edges.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Scilatielli
Scilatielli- Homemade long spaghetti with a twisted long spiral.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Spaghetti alla chitarra
Spaghetti alla chitarra- Similar to spaghetti, except square rather than round, and made of egg in addition to flour.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Stringozzi
Stringozzi- Pasta Similar to the shape of shoe laces.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Tagliatelle
Tagliatelle- Long, flat strands of pasta of 8 mm width (1/3 inch).










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Tagliarini

Tagliarini- Thin ribbons pasta of 2 mm width. Also known as Tagliolini and Tajarin

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Tonnarelli
Tonnarelli- Thin long pasta of 1.5 mm size in width
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Trenette
Trenette- Long, narrow strips of pasta of 5mm width.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Tripoline
Tripoline- Thick ribbon ridged on one side.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Soup Pasta
 
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Soup Pasta
 
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Acini di Pepe
Acini di Pepe- “Pepe” is an Italian word for Peppercorn. Very small bead shaped pasta sometimes referred as “Pastina” mean tiny dough in Italian.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Acomo Pepe
Acomo Pepe– Tiny pearl shaped pasta used for soup and cold salad.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Anelli/Anelline
Anelli /Anelline- Small rings used for soup.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Orzo
Orzo- Big rice shaped pasta usually used in soups.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Special Shape Pasta
 
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Special Shape Pasta
 
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Anelloni
Anelloni- Thick ringed ribbons; designed by physicists at the University of Warwick to study ring-shaped polymers.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Bumbola

Bumbola- Bee shaped pasta










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Conchiglie

Conchiglie- Sea shells shaped pasta.










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Cavatelli

Cavatelli- Ear shaped pasta.










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Cresti di Gallo

Cresti di Gallo- Creste di Gallo Crescent shaped pasta with a ruffled edge along the outer curve that resembles a rooster’s crest.









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Farfalle

Farfalle- Bow-tie or butterfly shaped pasta, with crimped center & pinked edges.









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Garganelli

Garganelli- Handmade tube pasta square shaped made in to tube by wrapping.









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Gemelli

Gemelli- Medium sized pasta, like two short pieces of tubular spaghetti twisted together.









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Lumache

Lumache-Snail-shaped shell.









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Lumaconi

Lumaconi- Big pasta shells often used for fillings.










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Orecchiette

Orecchiette- Small ear or shell shaped pasta.










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Orecchitte Vassoio

Orecchitte Vassoio- Ear shaped pasta also known as Cavatelli.










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Radiatore

Radiatore- Short, chunky, ruffled-shaped pasta.










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Ricciolini

Ricciolini- Two-inch pasta strips, twisted gently.










Stuffed Pasta

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Stuffed Pasta

 

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Agnolotti

Agnolotti- Similar to ravioli pasta, but smaller in size. Usually made with stuffed meat, cheese, or vegetables.









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Calciuni

Calciuni- Fried ravioli pasta.










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Gnocchi

Gnocchi-Potato-based pasta dumplings can be made from flour and semolina also.









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Ravioli

Ravioli- Pillows of pasta, usually stuffed with cheese, meat, or vegetables.









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Tortellini

Tortellini- Small, folded hats of pasta, usually stuffed with cheese, meat or vegetables.

 

 

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