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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Blushing 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 🙂

Post # 41
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

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nightskyforest :  lol… Triscuits now ziti. Social isolation is doing weird things to our brains. 😜

I love the long ziti. They are one of my faves. I watched a lot of ‘everybody loves Raymond’. They always talk about ‘baked ziti’ and I always thought it was weird that they used a long pasta shape for that dish. It totally makes sense now if your ‘ziti’ are short shaped pasta. 

Post # 42
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2019

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cmsgirl :  Yup, the short ziti is used in baked ziti! I was in Italy for my honeymoon this past October and if I go back in the future, I’ll have to look for long ziti. I had fun trying other shapes that we don’t have here, like pici.

Post # 43
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2020

The ones constantly in our house are: spaghetti, penne, egg noodles (for chicken noodle soup), and lasagna noodles (because there’s always extra somehow). Macaroni isn’t uncommon to have around, but I only ever use it for my chili recipe. Something about bad associations with macaroni and cheese make me very hesitant to use it lol

Other than macaroni, I’ll eat any pasta shape. These are just the ones usually around my house!

Post # 44
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 1997

We always have lasagna, spaghetti, and linguine on hand, but I use canneloni or giant shells to make stuffed pasta, bowties for pasta salad, egg noodles for soup, little shells with chili. I occasionally buy penne, but almost never. 

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