What shapes of pasta do you buy?

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Post # 31
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Bumble bee

Penne and Alfredo for most creamy pasta dishes. Lasagna for… lasagna and Linguine for Chinese style noodles are all I buy really. Oh and I think I’ve made those giant stuffed shell things once or twice. 

Post # 32
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Helper bee

For us, it is usually:

Spaghetti for red sauce and cacio e pepe

Linguini for red sauce and Alfredo

Macaroni for mac and cheese 

Penne for baked penne

Lasanga for lasagna 

Shells for one specific dish I make with shells/tomato sauce/cream/beef

We will also buy frozen ravioli and tortillini, but we do not keep it on hand. 

Post # 33
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2019

My favorites are penne, rigatoni, and ziti (with lines, although when I was a kid I preferred without lines). Sometimes I buy fusilli or a different shape, but it’s almost always those. I don’t really like spaghetti/angel hair because I feel like it’s hard to drain the water out and it makes the sauce you put on it more watery. Oh, and I like ravioli, especially with meat or interesting fillings.

Post # 35
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2019

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socalgirl1689 :  Penne is cut at an angle, while ziti has ends that are straight. That was off the top of my head, but I looked it up and apparently ziti is also slightly larger in diameter than penne, and they are each used in different traditional dishes. But I use either one for anything – for example I think I’ve used penne in place of ziti in baked ziti before.

Post # 36
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Buzzing Beekeeper

Well, l have now learned that people use Italian style wheat noodles for Asian dishes. I only ever use rice noodles, of all types,  for those. Or those instant style wheat ones for robust things like tom yum. 

Favourite pasta noodles are spaghettini, linguine , lasagne, fafelle  and shells . Oh and penne of course. 

Post # 37
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2021

I love bow ties and ziti, but Fiance always reaches for the penne most often. 

Post # 38
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Bumble bee

Penne, tagliatelle, fusilli, spaghetti and farfalle. 

Post # 39
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

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socalgirl1689 :  
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nightskyforest :  are you both USA bees? Asking because ziti/zitoni shaped pasta in italy are traditionally long shaped pasta and not short like penne. I wonder if the italian pasta companies change the name of it on the boxes just for the usa market. I’m curious about this now. Off to do some internet sleuthing! 😊

Interesting same company …two diffrent pasta  shapes with the same name 

Post # 40
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2019

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cmsgirl :  Yes, I’m a USA bee. I’ve never seen long ziti like that! I wish they’d let us try it over here 🙂

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