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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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MrsMoastyToasty · 07/11/2018 16:36

Feel my pain. Not only do we have "normal" pasta for every possible dish we also have gluten free pasta for me. I cannot convince the rest of the family that they won't die if they eat "my" pasta.


bridgetreilly · 07/11/2018 16:37

I like to have one long, thin kind (spaghetti, linguine etc) and one short, fat kind (rigatoni, penne, fusilli etc). That seems plenty to me. And lasagne.


GerdaLovesLiIi · 07/11/2018 16:39

Another vote for the versatile Spirali.

(also space pasta from TKMAXX)


PhilomenaButterfly · 07/11/2018 16:39

I've eaten gluten free stuff. I think I'm still alive. Am I bad for buying a gluten free wrap from the food to go bit? Have I deprived someone of a southern fried chicken wrap? Sorry. Sad


Chickenwings85 · 07/11/2018 16:40

We currently have penne, tricolor, fusilli, the shell shaped one and the bows. I used to only cook with fusilli or penne but now I enjoy mixing it up abit with the others 😂


OlennasWimple · 07/11/2018 16:44

Penne. Fusilli is a slippy bugger and shells don't drain properly and hold their cooking water in them as a "surprise" Angry

I prefer linguine to spaghetti, but DH is the other way round and I don't care enough to argue or get both


Macaroni on occasion for mac n cheese

That's it - unless we find minion shaped pasta in the shops, then we all have that instead Grin


afishnotabird · 07/11/2018 16:46

My family aren't aware of any pasta other than brown conchiglie. I like brown conchiglie.


SauvignonBlanche · 07/11/2018 16:55

I’ve only got:
Lasagna sheets
I need to get to the shops!


AnotherOriginalUsername · 07/11/2018 17:03

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


This is the latest Americanism that really gets my goat!


Ihaventgottimeforthis · 07/11/2018 17:06

Rigatoni is the best, farfalle is the worst.


DisrespectfulAdultFemale · 07/11/2018 17:07

Penne and linguine.


MarshaBradyo · 07/11/2018 17:12

Had not heard of radiatori - quite cute

Any fettuccini on here? It was a favourite in my Italian cafe / restaurant waitressing days long ago


Kewqueue · 07/11/2018 17:17

Tagliolini with seafood. StarStarStarStarStar


Gellert · 07/11/2018 17:20

We only have one shape because the local Morrison's only do wholemeal pasta in one shape Angry I miss my fancy shapes!


InertPotato · 07/11/2018 17:24

I have one child who hates fusilli and loves spaghetti, and another child who feels exactly opposite.

I don't think you should be afraid to use all partially empty bags at once, just check the time on them and reverse engineer it. This is an enormously satisfying exercise and creates an interesting pasta dish.


DarlingNikita · 07/11/2018 17:38

Didn't know about tagliolini but they look delicious.


LittleMissNaice · 07/11/2018 18:00

Having read this thread with increasing awe, I've come to the conclusion you must all have much bigger kitchens than me.


DarlingNikita · 07/11/2018 18:03

Little, probably not, just shelves and trolley piled high with scruffy pasta bags done up with rubber bands (that might be just me).

Anyone else craving pasta for dinner now? I think the plan here (someone else is cooking) is risotto, actually, which is kind of fitting.


PawneeParksDept · 07/11/2018 18:06

Crying with laughter at @Idontbelieveinthemoon 's comment. Too right! FUCK JAMIE OLIVER 😂


Loonoon · 07/11/2018 18:06

Fusilli (dried), tagliatelle (fresh) does me for everything. And I don’t like it cooked al dente.


itssquidstella · 07/11/2018 18:10

Rigatoni is the best pasta.


Ylvamoon · 07/11/2018 18:15

You only need 3 types...

Lasagne sheets
Fusilli (Wholemeal)

The rest is just fancy pansy stuff.


Villanelle123 · 07/11/2018 18:20

Very interesting read!

Another pasta thought ...

Is the 20p a bag stuff the same as the dearer stuff or is it worth paying the money? We don’t eat pasta often so could afford to splurge if it was worth it!


Gingaaarghpussy · 07/11/2018 18:25

Aren't all these different pastas the same but different shapes?
Red pasta=tomato?
Green pasta=spinach?
I like most pasta shapes can't be arsed to name individually, except penne, which just annoys me.
And if its cooked until its beyond redemption, God help you!

I had macaroni covered in pink custard once Envy < Not envy. Slimy pink vomit inducing yukness!


BarbaraofSevillle · 07/11/2018 18:26

Some very cheap pasta often has cheaper wheat than proper duram pasta wheat, but I've never actually tried it. I imagine it might be mushy, but I don't know that.

It would be a good candidate for an Eat Well for Less style blind taste test, value pasta, supermarket own brand, standard brand and fancy naice brand to see if people can tell what is cheap/expensive and which they like best.

If I see De Cecco or similar on offer, I buy that, otherwise I usually get supermarket own brand from wherever I am.

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