What Pasta Shape goes with Which Pasta Sauce?

What Shape is Your Pasta Sauce In?

Which pasta shape is best suited for which sauce?  The quick answer is that pasta shapes and sauces are easy to mix and match, however, some shapes marry with a particular sauces or ingredients better than others. 

We’ve listed some of the most common pasta shapes along with which sauces, ingredients and dishes they are best suited for.

  • Alfabetini (Alphabet Letters) Soup
  • Bucantini (hollow) Baked; Tomato/Meat Sauce; Meatballs or Seafood
  • Cannelloni Stuffed and Baked; Cream/Cheese or Tomato/Meat Sauce
  • Capellini (Angel Hair) Smooth Butter/Oil, Cream/Cheese, Pesto, Tomato or Mushroom Sauce; Seafood or Vegetables; Broth or Soup
  • Conchigliette (small Shells) Soup
  • Conchiglie (medium Shells) Baked/Casserole; Cream/Cheese or Tomato/Meat Sauce; Vegetables; Pasta Salad
  • Conchiglioni (large Shells) Stuffed/Baked in Cream/Cheese or Tomato/Meat Sauce
  • Farfalle (Bowtie; plain or coloured; with or without egg) Butter/Oil, Cream/Cheese, Tomato/Meat, Pesto Sauce; Seafood or Vegetables; Pasta Salad
  • Fettuccine (plain, coloured or flavoured) Butter/Oil, Cream/Cheese, Tomato/Meat or Vegetable/Mushroom Sauce; Seafood or Vegetables
  • Fusilli (plain or coloured) Baked; Butter/Oil, Tomato/Meat or Pesto Sauce; Vegetables; Pasta Salad
  • Fusilli col Buco (long spiral) Baked; Butter/Oil, Cream/Cheese, Tomato/Meat or Pesto Sauce
  • Gnocchi or smaller Gnocchetti Sardi (shaped like Gnocchi potato dumplings) Meat or Vegetable Sauce
  • Lasagne (plain or flavoured; with or without egg; flat or riffled edge) Baked; Cream/Cheese or Tomato/Meat Sauce; Vegetables
  • Linguine Smooth Butter/Oil, Cream/Cheese, Tomato/Meat or Pesto Sauce; Seafood or Vegetables
  • Maccheroni (Macaroni, Elbow Macaroni if curved; many sizes) Baked/Casserole; Butter/Oil, Cream/Cheese or Tomato/Meat Sauce; Vegetables; Pasta Salad
  • Manicotti Baked/Stuffed; Cream/Cheese or Tomato/Meat Sauce
  • Orecchiette (Little Ears) Tomato/Meat or Pesto Sauce; Vegetables; Pasta Salad
  • Orzo Pasta Salad or Soup
  • Pappardelle (flat or ruffled edge; with egg) Heavy Tomato, Meat/Game or Vegetable/Mushroom Sauce
  • Penne Lisce (smooth) Baked/Casserole; Cream/Cheese or Tomato/Meat Sauce;  Seafood or Vegetables
  • Penne Rigate (ridged to hold sauces better) Baked/Casserole; Butter/Oil, Cream/Cheese, Tomato/Meat or Chunky Vegetable Sauce; Pasta Salad
  • Radiatore Baked in Tomato Sauce
  • Ravioli (stuffed with cheese, meat, vegetables or seafood; plain or coloured; with egg) Baked; Cream/Cheese, Tomato/Meat or Vegetable/Mushroom Sauce 
  • Rigatoni Baked; Cream/Cheese or Chunky Tomato/Meat Sauce; Vegetables
  • Rotelle (Wagon Wheels) Cream/Cheese or Tomato/Meat Sauce; Vegetables; Pasta Salad
  • Rotini Baked/Casserole; in Cream/Cheese or Tomato/Meat Sauce; Vegetables; Pasta Salad
  • Spaghetti, or smaller Spaghettini (plain or coloured) in Butter/Oil, Cream/Cheese or Tomato/Meat Sauce; Meatballs, Seafood or Vegetables
  • Stelline (Stars) Soup
  • Tagliatelle (medium wide flat noodle with ruffled edges; with or without egg) Meat Sauce
  • Tortellini or Larger Tortelloni (stuffed with cheese and/or meat; plain or coloured; with egg) Baked; Cream/Cheese or Tomato/Meat Sauce; Vegetables; Soup or Pasta Salad
  • Vermicelli (with or without egg) Smooth Cream or Tomato Sauce; Seafood; Broth or Soup
  • Ziti (Long Tubes) Baked; Butter/Oil, Cream/Cheese or Tomato/Meat Sauce; broken up into Soup


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