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Does the kind or shape of pasta really matter for pasta salad? 🤔

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OculusReparo Fri 19-May-17 14:49:25

So I'm thinking of making a pasta salad for an office potluck. I usually use bow-tie pasta or conchiglie and have on occasion used macaroni. But I haven't really ventured outside of those options and was wondering what other pasta shapes I could use? And does it really matter about the shape? 🤔

TheCrowFromBelow Fri 19-May-17 14:53:50

Yes shape matters you need something small enough for one bite (not spaghetti!) that gets a good coating of dressing.
Twists work quite well.

OculusReparo Fri 19-May-17 14:54:36

Oh and I have also used spirali and orecchiette for my pasta salads.

OculusReparo Fri 19-May-17 14:55:36

Any more suggestions regarding pasta shapes? tbusmile

Happycow Mon 22-May-17 07:50:25

I second orechiette, or trofie?
Noting like penne or conchiglie as the sauce wont get on all the nooks n crannies in a salad.

IHaveBrilloHair Mon 22-May-17 16:07:20

I generally use fusilli for pasta salad, definitely one bite size though, nothing long or too small.

MackerelOfFact Mon 22-May-17 16:11:50

I really like orzo in a pasta salad!

2014newme Mon 22-May-17 16:12:43

No, pasta salad is vile regardless of what pasta it's made of

glitterglitters Mon 22-May-17 16:13:57

I'm fond of farfalle in pasta salad 🎀

KoalaDownUnder Mon 22-May-17 16:16:19

Hmm. I think spirals work best.

I don't like the bow-tie ones. They're weird. hmm

dnamummy Mon 22-May-17 16:35:09

.......and size always matters!

AndNoneForGretchenWieners Mon 22-May-17 16:38:44

I like penne in pasta salads or conchiglie.

NotISaidTheWalrus Thu 25-May-17 01:38:10

Depends on the sauce, each shape is designed to accompany a different sauce.

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