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To only buy one shape of pasta?

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BroomstickOfLove · 07/11/2018 13:39

I'm tidying up the kitchen cupboards. There are currently 6 mostly-empty bags, each with a different shape of pasta. WIBU to only ever buy a single shape from now on? And if so, which shape is best? I'm thinking of going for fusilli.

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RiverTam · 07/11/2018 14:32

tagliatelle or linguine. I prefer linguine as I find tag very starchy.


MrsStrowman · 07/11/2018 14:34

I get very excited about new pasta shapes, had some shaped like elk heads from IKEA once, ah those were the days... If I have an amount left in the bag that's not enough for a full meal (eg 2.75 portions) I'll cook it all rather than leave a little bit in the bag and mix it with whatever sauce we're having and DH just takes left overs for lunch


Bigonesmallone3 · 07/11/2018 14:34

I only buy penne, quite boring actually


AnotherOriginalUsername · 07/11/2018 14:34

As students, most of our pasta was penis shaped....

Think we bought a job lot of it reduced to about 10p a pack in some novelty shop. Spent years eating it all!


CrookedMe · 07/11/2018 14:34

We buy a couple of different kinds and use the 'other' one to make the kids eat all their tea. Basically, a few bits of one shape get hidden in a bowl of the main shape, and they think it's magic 


NeverTrustASmilingCat · 07/11/2018 14:34

Spirali, definitely

To only buy one shape of pasta?

TrashPanda · 07/11/2018 14:34

We have linguine to go with bolognese, tagliatelle for meatballs and macaroni for one specific meal that my mum used to feed me when I was little that I now feed my kids. We also usually get the 3kg bags of fusilli from Tesco and go through about 3 a month but last time it was unavailable for online shopping so I went a bit mad and bought spirali, farfalle, fusilli tricolor and mixed them all together in the almost empty 3kg bag! Kids think it's great Grin


NurseryFightClub · 07/11/2018 14:35

We only have spaghetti, it's the quickest to cook and the only one my toddler will eat anyhow


RavenLG · 07/11/2018 14:36

Whatever the 3kg bag is ... but conchigli is the best (even though it’s definitely all the same)


cooblanket · 07/11/2018 14:37

Grin at Idontbelieveinthemoon


DianaPrincessOfThemyscira · 07/11/2018 14:40

The one that comes in the biggest bags - fusilli or penne in Asda.

And lots of spaghetti or linguine.


ileclerc · 07/11/2018 14:42

Oh god we have loads,

Lasagne sheets

I always match it to the sauce!


DarlingNikita · 07/11/2018 14:42

I love tiny stars but for some reason never think to make soup with pasta.

I've got some tiny alphabet pasta that I bought on holiday too, because it was cute. Unused and almost a year old Blush


nikkylou · 07/11/2018 14:42

I'm aware certain pastas are better for certain sauces and dishes...but I'm a heathen, and just pick the shapes I like...
Yabu to only have one pasta though.
Minimum spaghetti and one other is alright.
Spag bol - spaghetti obviously.
A chunky sauce where I'll mix with the pasta is usually Conchiglie as the shells keep the sauce and chunky bits in.
Fusilli works with a thinner less chunky sauce though.
To deal the dregs though, buy more pasta in those shapes, and be left with a slightly bigger amount of dregs but still not enough to cook with?


kelper · 07/11/2018 14:44

DS and I discovered this weird long pasta in Tesco that looks like octopus arms when its cooked!
No idea what its actually called, DS just tells me he wants octopus pasta for tea!


tiggerkid · 07/11/2018 14:45

I love tiny stars - forgot to mention I got those too. For soups. BTW, not sure if we are talking about the same things here but I used to think they were stars for ages until one day I started thinking they looked more like tiny flowers than stars :)


Hillarious · 07/11/2018 14:45

Linguini, plus radiatorre or orecchiette - or failing that spirali, as the middle two can be hard to find.

It really, really, really does depend on what sauce you have.


Bodicea · 07/11/2018 14:46

If I had to pick one long and one small would be linguini and rigatoni. Hate pene - feels like bargain basement pasta.
Also macaroni for the kids and macaroni cheese which really can’t be anything else.


Bodicea · 07/11/2018 14:48

Oh no you are right hilarious spirali is instead of rigatoni - more versatile. Could even poss forgo macaroni with that.


EspressoButler · 07/11/2018 14:49

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cjt110 · 07/11/2018 14:52

Orzo. Nuff said.


BroomstickOfLove · 07/11/2018 14:53

Hmm. I do actually have loads of tiny stars, because I like them for when I'm feeling ill. I might restrict myself to tiny stars, fusili, tagliatelle in the winter/linguine in the summer. And buy lasagne sheets and macaroni as I need it and use it all up at once.

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CuriousaboutSamphire · 07/11/2018 14:55

Orzo OK, 7 types.

I've just been and checked... I have all 7 in the cupboard! Bloody hell!

That said, it is all in date and I can remember the last time we used each of them! Then again there are only 2 of us on the house!


strawberrisc · 07/11/2018 14:58

I love pasta bows but it's really hard to find them in wholewheat. I go with the twisty ones.


mossyroundhill · 07/11/2018 15:02

If you only buy one, it's got to be this

To only buy one shape of pasta?
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