How to Choose the Right Type of Pasta

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How to Choose the Right Type of Pasta

Choosing the right pasta depends on the topping. "The shape should be dictated by the sauce," says chef Sara Jenkins. Keep this easy pairing advice in mind.

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1. Tubes

Tubular shapes like penne and ziti are perfect with hearty, thick sauces like ragu. Rigate, the ridged ones, capture even more sauce.

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2. Ribbons

Wide, flat pastas like pappardelle are ideal for sopping up creamy sauces. Generally, the wider the noodle, the heavier the sauce.

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3. Rods

Long, round pastas like spaghetti are best with olive oil- and tomato-based sauces, which coat each strand evenly. Go thinner for delicate preparations.

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4. Shapes

"Chunky vegetable sauces absolutely go better with short pastas that have lots of crevices to trap the sauce," says Jenkins.

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By Alison Roman

Choosing the right pasta depends on the topping. "The shape should be dictated by the sauce," says chef Sara Jenkins. Keep this easy pairing advice in mind.

Check out the slideshow above to learn how to choose the right pasta.

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