How to Choose the Right Type of Pasta

Before you go, we thought you'd like these...
Before you go close icon
6 PHOTOS
How to Choose the Right Type of Pasta
See Gallery
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.

Image Credit: Zach DeSart

1. Tubes

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

Image Credit: Zach DeSart

2. Ribbons

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

Image Credit: Zach DeSart

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.

Image Credit: Zach DeSart

4. Shapes

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

Image Credit: Zach DeSart

HIDE CAPTION
SHOW CAPTION
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE

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.

25 New Ways to Use Sriracha
Snacks You Thought Were Healthy But Really Aren't
Salmon Common Mistakes

Image Credit: Zach DeSart

Read Full Story

Sign up for Best Bites by AOL and receive delicious recipes delivered to your inbox daily!

Subscribe to our other newsletters

Emails may offer personalized content or ads. Learn more. You may unsubscribe any time.

From Our Partners

Cops Catch Up To A Suspicious Speeding Vehicle - And Make An Appalling Discovery Inside Cops Catch Up To A Suspicious Speeding Vehicle - And Make An Appalling Discovery Inside
If You Find One Of These In Your Yard, Don't Touch It - And Try Not To Panic If You Find One Of These In Your Yard, Don't Touch It - And Try Not To Panic
Don't Get Too Close To a Newborn Giraffe Unless You Want to Get Kicked in the Nuts Don't Get Too Close To a Newborn Giraffe Unless You Want to Get Kicked in the Nuts
Search Recipes