Types of pasta noodles

Whether it is a Sunday morning or an evening with friends, Pasta always serves as an all time favourite food. Albeit, it is a less time-consuming stuff which can be prepared easily as well, but before cooking it we have to think about specifics. What specific shape should it get? Variance in cut, thickness, and texture are some prominent factors that are required to be kept in mind. Moreover, questions like, “whether a light broth or heavy meat sauce to be used? Should pasta to be sprinkled into a soup?” run in mind over and over again.

For a food as prevalent as Pasta, you should know all its types as well. So, you would know better how to prepare them. Here we bring 12 different pasta types we bet you didn’t know about. Study them and update your knowledge about pasta.

12 Types of Pasta Noodles

1. Pappardelle

pappardelle pasta

Pappardelle are broad, large and flat pasta noodles that are similar to wide fettuccine. Served with busty meat sauces, the fresh types of these have got fluted edges and are two to three centimetres wide.

2. Farfalle

Farfalle Pasta

These type of pasta noodles are also known as “bow-tie pasta” because of its shape and appears very cute. “Farfall” an Italian word for Butterfly, ‘e’ at the end is for the Italian feminine ending, ergo making the meaning ‘butterflies’. These golden-coloured pasta noodles can be served with a warm bowl of meat and veggies.

3. Shells

Shells Pasta

You can play with shells in different forms. As their size varies from small to large, they can be used in innovative ways. If your shells are large enough, you can stuff them with the cheesy spinach and bake them. Besides, the medium-sized shells can go with casseroles and can be served with meat sauces as well. The small ones can be added to soups and stews.

4. Campanelle


Another interesting type of pasta is the Campanelle, which takes a cone-type shape with ruffled edges or more specifically a bell-like flower. These unique shaped pasta noodles can be best suited with thick, creamy, or meaty sauces and if you want to feel wonders in your mouth, try them in cheesy bowls.

5. Bucatini

Bucatini Pasta

These are thick spaghetti-like pasta getting a hole in the centre. Also known as perciatelli, these unusual long noodles gives a great taste to your favourite stir-fry recipe- casseroles, or stewed in a soup with fresh tomatoes.

6. Capellini

capellini pasta

Also termed as ‘Angel Hair’ pasta, Capellini is an Italian pasta form, which is between 0.85 and 0.92 in diameter and is very thin. The long fine strands are like spaghettis and are cooked quickly. They taste yum with delicate sauces like a light tomato sauce or with a soup. Besides, you can simply cook them with butter and oil. The light snack meal is absolutely fine for your breakfast.

7. Acini di Pepe

Acini di Pepe

Acini di Pepe is a form of pasta that means “grains of pepper” in Italian. Because of its small size and round shape, you can think of it as a versatile stuff that can be included in a wide variety of dishes.

8. Gnocchi

Gnocchi Pasta

Again an unusual type of pasta- Gnochhi is a medium-sized soft dumpling made from potato, egg and flour. When done with cooking, it becomes hearty and can be best served with rich sauces to give you a pleasurable taste. Also, it stands up to baking.

9. Orecchiette

orecchiette pasta

These are home-made pasta beans, which are known as ‘little ears’ in Italian and are perfect for collecting sauces. This kind of variety is mostly found in typical of Apulia, a region of Southern Italy. Want to savour a juicy delicious taste, try them out with heavier sauces rife with meats and veggies.

10. Orzo

Orzo Pasta

Orzo, a large grain rice-shaped, short-cut pasta is mostly found in soups and salads. Though you can serve them alone as well, but they are best suited with asparagus, lemon zest and crumbled feta or you can try baking them out in a casserole.

11. Penne

Penne Pasta

Penne is a type of pasta getting a cylindrical shape and cut diagonally at both ends into medium size pieces. They are generally considered for most sauces and toppings.

12. Ravioli

Ravioli Pasta

Ravioli is a thick, square-shaped, dumpling type pasta noodle that is made up of two layers of thin pasta dough. They can be filled with cheese, meat, veggies, or with seafood as well.