Pair long noodles with plenty of surface area, like spaghetti or bucatini, with smooth, rich sauces such as this classic carbonara or tomato-based Amatriciana.
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We all need balance, especially when it comes to pasta. Serving thick tubes of rigatoni with a light lemon sauce is like wearing a sundress on a cold day in January. Your pasta shape and sauce should share at least one of these attributes: weight, texture, and toothsomeness. Read on for our test-kitchen's favorite pairings.
Check out the slideshow above to learn how to pair your pasta with the right sauce.