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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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GimmeBread · 07/11/2018 23:14

Penne is the worst of the pastas! It must be fusilli or linguine. And only elbow macaroni for mac n cheese!

blackteasplease · 07/11/2018 23:16

If you are Italian it needs to be certain shapes of pasta to go with certain sauces. In particular, spaghetti does not go with Bolognese.

If you don't care about ant of the above then crack on! You aren't starving which is a good thing!

Sparrowlegs248 · 07/11/2018 23:20

Fusilli. Kids seem to make less mess with it!

User1736271537 · 08/11/2018 00:11

So shocked that nobody has mentioned buccatini! Aka the spaghetti with the hole in the middle so the sauce goes inside the pasta Halo

stargazer2030 · 08/11/2018 00:26

I was going to say we only have one but actually we do have several. Fusilli is the most used though as they sell huge bags for £3 ish in the local supermarket and it's best for pesto pasta.
Best pasta for a meaty sauce has to be the shell one though.

Rockbird · 08/11/2018 02:56

Someone else who calls them action man bow ties!

Urbanbeetler · 08/11/2018 07:50

Kewqueue that’s useful - thanks. I have been getting in wrong!

Trouble is, I have no idea about what shape half those pastas are! I’ll look them up.

cropcirclesinthefields · 08/11/2018 08:09

@Idontbelieveinthemoon my DH is a Jamie Oliver fanatic and I hear the same fucking thing, the amount of stuff we have in our cupboards is stupid.

I tend to use swirls and spaghetti as a rule

DarlingNikita · 08/11/2018 11:18

buccatini Oh yes! Yum.

NoUnicornsToSeeHere, not sure where you're referring to by 'here', but (assuming you're in the UK) Ocado/Waitrose do them.

SchadenfreudePersonified · 08/11/2018 11:26

DD informs me comma butterflies have serrated edges. She's a bit of a butterfly geek.

Fairy 'suff Philomena.

As long as I can be confident that no butterflies were harmed in the making of this farfalle. Grin

Like the idea of angelhair but apparently it goes cold very quickly.

It also overcooks in seconds! If you're not very careful, you end up with a pan full of gloop.

BrokenWing · 08/11/2018 11:32

Spirali for cheese sauces
Rigatoni (much nicer than penne) or spaghetti for tomato sauces
Occasionally lasagne sheets

Dont buy tesco brand Rigatoni as it falls to pieces in strips before cooked. Napolina is much better

RiverTam · 08/11/2018 11:46

surely no-one actually uses macaroni in macaroni cheese - it's got to be penne or rigatoni!

BarbaraofSevillle · 08/11/2018 12:00

I do River. Not all shops seem to have it though, but I like it made from macaroni, although logically I know that penne is just about the same.

LeeMiller · 08/11/2018 12:01

My Italian DH considers using the wrong pasta shape to be practically a crime. Personally I like spaghetti and linguine best and would happily eat them with pretty much any sauce. Fusilli is a good option for short pasta - my favourite is trofie (think it's traditionally for pesto) but fusilli is better for chunky sauces.

minipie · 08/11/2018 12:06

We just have 2 - one long (linguine) and one shaped (fusilli)

Oh and the tiny soup pasta stars for when I need to get the kids tea quickly.

And egg tagliatelle for a treat.

And capelli d’angelo because I like it but DH doesn’t.

So, just 5 then...

Farfalle is rubbish because by the time the middle cooks the ends are overcooked.

DoingMyBest2010 · 08/11/2018 12:09

When I come across half opened bags of different pasta shapes, I just chuck them together into 1 container. Surprise pasta! Just like Revels :-)

minipie · 08/11/2018 12:17

But don’t they all have different cooking times Doing?

CuriousaboutSamphire · 08/11/2018 12:49

They shouldn't have. All good pasta has the same cooking time, 10 - 12 minutes. Any less and it has less % / quality of durum wheat.

I have no idea where I read that, but it is our rule for pasta buying Smile

Ollivander84 · 08/11/2018 12:54

I don't have any pasta in the house. Do I win? 😂

Cloufydafs · 08/11/2018 13:00

I remember buying some quite expensive ( for me at the time) black squid ink spaghetti from tesco but I never saw it again. And a really really long spaghetti in a nice kraft paper wrapping. never seen them since....

Beetle76 · 08/11/2018 13:12

I could never pick just one - I love carbs too much Grin
But Fusilli is very versatile. Always a more rustic one because the sauce sticks better. Ditto linguine over spaghetti.
Lasagna sheets.
And then Orzo for soups and stews because I hate rice!

ILoveAutum · 08/11/2018 13:16

I like this...
....but have all the usual suspects as well.

To only buy one shape of pasta?
Hogtini · 08/11/2018 13:23

I love the ribbony spaghetti kinda one! Fusilli Lunghi

PhilomenaButterfly · 08/11/2018 14:52

They weren't, as long as they were commas Schadenfreude. 😂

SchadenfreudePersonified · 08/11/2018 15:03


Dilbert is my second hero (Wally being my first, obviously).

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