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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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BarbaraofSevillle · 07/11/2018 15:03

Arf at vulgar wheat

Maybe we need a pasta intervention club? I too have thought about only buying one or two types but can't bring myself to do it.

We have:

little stars
spaghetti (OK, you definitely don't need both of those)
weird black spaghetti that I bought in Spain years ago and never used
the twisty one
something else that I've forgotten but I can't be arsed to go and look

I think that might be it, but lets not get on to types of rice and noodles, and I'm putting it in now that gnocchi doesn't count in any of these.

From now on, I'm sticking to linguine and penne, or maybe macaroni.


Kewqueue · 07/11/2018 15:03

Spag bol - spaghetti obviously.

Nooooooo! All the meat falls off spaghetti!


AnnieOH1 · 07/11/2018 15:06

I used to only buy fussilli or spaghetti. Then I found other pastas like the huge conchigli, or that weird fusilli spaghetti cross that Tesco sell.

That said the only pasta that might be left in the cupboard after being opened would be cannelloni or lasagne, everything else I just cook and hopefully it all gets eaten. (Cold pasta salad the next day helps save wasting it). If I didn't I would end up with lots of random shapes that would eventually be binned.


MoaningSickness · 07/11/2018 15:11

Can't believe all those who prefer penne over fusili. What is wrong with you people?

Before family I had fusili and lasagne and I was pasta complete.

Now we also have spaghetti and macaroni for the kids, penne and orzo for 'wierd pasta habits' DH, and some fancy linguine we were given as a wedding present.


MadisonAvenue · 07/11/2018 15:16

Now I only ever buy Spirali, because it looks the most interesting. I used to buy Dischi Volanti too but my local Tesco stopped selling it.


Roomba · 07/11/2018 15:19

You've just reminded me of the phase where DS1 would only eat pasta, cheese, ham, yoghurt and banana. And the pasta HAD to be fusilli. If it wasn't fusilli, then it he'd treat it as if we'd tried to feed him rat poison! So glad the fussy eating phase is long gone...


fuckitbuckit · 07/11/2018 15:24

@mossyroundhill that is a balaclava


AGHHHH · 07/11/2018 15:25

57 types of pasta?



SchadenfreudePersonified · 07/11/2018 15:26

I used to think they were stars for ages until one day I started thinking they looked more like tiny flowers than stars

That way madness lies, Tigger


SchadenfreudePersonified · 07/11/2018 15:28

weird black spaghetti that I bought in Spain years ago and never used

I have this (also unused), but I got minion Italy. It has squid ink in it. We are frightened of it.


DarlingNikita · 07/11/2018 15:39

spaghetti (OK, you definitely don't need both of those)

I'd argue otherwise. Sometimes I really want the flatness of linguine, other times I need the roundedness of spaghetti.

Madison, I googled dischi volanti. They look like quite hard work.


Kewqueue · 07/11/2018 16:00

that is a balaclava

I think it's pipe rigate. I don't think balaclava exists as pasta?


nononsene · 07/11/2018 16:03

I only ever buy penne and spaghetti.


Mummaluelae · 07/11/2018 16:09

I don't think it matters. We only use penne, fusili and macaroni i n this house. Last time we had macaroni cheese we used penne, our ds was far from impressed though!


KipperTheFrog · 07/11/2018 16:09

I only have penne and spaghetti and despicable me minion shapes
Buy lasagne when needed.


Princessmushroom · 07/11/2018 16:09

It has to be penne so you can get a fork but through it


Taffeta · 07/11/2018 16:11

I’m very scared of mossyroundhill’s pasta

Looks like Alien

Linguine and fusilli here. Sometimes spirali if I’m feeling playful

And macaroni for macaroni cheese. Not mac n cheese because I live in England, not America.


toomuchtooold · 07/11/2018 16:13

Fuck him and fuck Jamie Oliver

I'm not taking pasta advice off a man who once did a recipe called "Proper Bloke's Sausage Fusilli."


Rockbird · 07/11/2018 16:15

Tiny stars are perfect for cheesy marmite pasta. Mine and the kids favourite meal!

We also have spaghetti, tagliatelle, spirali and farfalle. I refuse to buy the shells, fusilli or penne because they're so arse-numbingly boring.


Rockbird · 07/11/2018 16:15

Oh and macaroni long and short. And lasagne sheets when needed.


Taffeta · 07/11/2018 16:19

"Proper Bloke's Sausage Fusilli."

JOs books are full of that misogynistic shit


Crunchymum · 07/11/2018 16:20

I find opening a bag of new pasta shapes the absolute height of excitement. So if we've just had Fusilli for the last few pasta meals, then opening the Farfalle perks us all up (we live a very sad existence!!) Grin


SchadenfreudePersonified · 07/11/2018 16:25

I don't think it matters.

You have no place in this world. . . .

I find opening a bag of new pasta shapes the absolute height of excitement.

THIS is how real^ people live (


PhilomenaButterfly · 07/11/2018 16:30

I am Schadenfreude, I am. 🌈 I have no pink, fluffy unicorns, but I do have a rainbow.


Chouetted · 07/11/2018 16:35

I had to Google most of this thread... it's all Italian to me Grin

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