Pasta is available in a multitude of shapes, both fresh and dried, and is one of those incredible foods that can be used in myriad dishes. Many gourmet chefs today make their own pasta, which starts out “fresh” of course.
So why use dried pasta? Simple. Dried pasta holds its shape better after cooking, so it is actually needed in dishes like pasta salads and lasagna. It also has a “shelf life” of up to three years.