The Many Types of Dried Pasta: Decorative Pasta

Campanelle

This pasta is also referred to as gigli or riccioli at times and is shaped like a flower or a bell. It is small and commonly used in a thick sauce and is a nice way to dress up any casserole.

Conchiglie

This pasta is shaped like a shell and its name even comed from the Italian word that literally means seashell.

Conchiglioni

This is a larger version of conchiglie, the shell-shaped pasta.

Farfalle

This is a fun pasta commonly used to make attractive dishes. It is known as “bow-tie pasta” and is shaped just like a bow tie! The word “farfalle” comes from farfalla, an Italian word meaning butterfly.

Radiatori

Radiatori is pasta that is shaped like a radiator. It is small and squat shaped and sometimes they somewhat resemble rotini but this pasta has a frilly, ruffled edge and is shorter. This is another type of pasta that is used best in a thick sauce.

Rotelle

“Little wheels” is what this word literally means and the pasta is shaped like its definition. Some people even call this pasta “wagon wheels.” It looks like the wheel off of an old horse drawn carriage, the kind that has spokes

Rotini

This spiral shaped pasta is similar to Fusilli but had a tighter spiral. The word rotini comes from the Italian word that literally means twists. The twists on this pasta help it hold sauce very well and it is commonly used in pasta salads.

The Many Types of Dried Pasta: Hollow/Stuffing Pasta

Ravioli

A kid’s favorite! This very popular pasta is usually filled with meat or cheese that is placed between two layers of flat pasta and sealed at the edges. Ravioli. It is most commonly topped with tomato sauce but can really be topped with any sauce and filled with anything you desire. It all depends on preference. There are even dessert versions of ravioli that are filled with sweets such as chocolate.

Tortellini

Tortellini is another type of pasta that is generally stuffed with meat or cheese then sealed but this is finished off by forming it into a ring. It too can be topped with any kind of sauce or ragu – a meat sauce.

Lasagna

In America, this is often seen as a feel good, homey dish. This is sheets of pasta that is layered in a rectangular dish with cheese and ragu – a meat and tomato sauce. It can take a little while to prepare and cook but is well worth the wait. Plus, it can be prepared ahead of time and frozen so all you have to do it take it out of the freezer and throw it in the oven!

Jumbo Shells

This is a larger, jumbo version of conchiglie, otherwise known as shell pasta. These super-size shells are generally used for stuffing, usually with cheese.

The Many Types of Dried Pasta: Not Quite Pasta?

Gnocchi

In English we say this word as “no-key.” In restaurants you will almost always see gnocchi listed with pasta dishes, however, gnocchi is not actually a type of pasta! In Italian, gnocchi means dumplings and that is exactly what gnocchi is. These Italian dumplings are generally made from potatoes, unlike other pastas. Some gnocchi is even made of corn pasta, bread crumbs, flour, or ricotta cheese. Gnocchi does resemble pasta in that it is served in a sauce, often a tomato sauce or butter and cheese sauce.

Potato Gnocchi by Le Veneziane
Le Veneziane has long been renowned for making the best gluten-free corn pasta in the market. They have now introduced the gluten-free Potato Gnocchi. Each package of potato gnocchi is actually two stay-fresh tubs which is perfect for a single person or for a family. The gnocchi is very quick and easy to cook. It is delicious on its own or with a bit of butter and parmesan cheese or with some tomato sauce.
Le Veneziane Corn Pasta Gnocchi
The Le Veneziane corn pasta gets its characteristic golden color from its rich natural carotenes (vitamin A). This corn pasta has a delicate and gentle taste that allows it to work with any sauce. It taste just as good as (some say better than) regular wheat pasta. Le Veneziane corn pasta embodies Italian pasta making traditions at its best. Size: 250gm/8.8oz/0.55lb