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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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SchadenfreudePersonified · 08/11/2018 15:09
Nerdybeethoven · 08/11/2018 15:22

Interesting discussion. I absolutely LOATHE fusilli and get very cross if DH keeps buying it.

Linguine and rigatoni are my favourites, although my son prefers penne to rigatoni as he thinks it makes the plate look fuller (although he accepts that it's the same weight).

Also, NEVER the supermarket own brands. Preferably De Cecco.

I love talking with Italians about pasta (about anything food-related, actually) and hearing their mainly very strong opinion about what goes with what.

And also salt the water just before you put in the pasta, never when the water's cold (I keep telling DH this). And be ready to serve up immediately. And none of this putting a bowl of pasta on the table, and a separate bowl of sauce for people to serve and mix themselves (MIL does this despite being an otherwise brilliant cook). Just no, no, no and no again.

Nerdybeethoven · 08/11/2018 15:25

I have been known to mix pasta shapes for the kids and DH, if I'm using up bits of packets (if the cooking time is compatible) as they're such philistines anyway, but would never do so for polite company!

cushioncovers · 08/11/2018 15:31

Yabu  I currently have four types in my cupboard and use them all for different types of meals.

Stabbitha · 08/11/2018 16:40

I go with spirelli. It's like a middle ground between fusilli and penne. Plus spaghetti and lasagne sheets.

I'm always intrigued by posh fancy giant pasta. I never buy it though, it seems to defeat the object of pasta being a cheaper meal which has worked it's easy into my head.

TombIhadaGraveChange · 08/11/2018 17:05

I have some chocolate pasta in the cupboard that I've had for years. Bought it meaning to make a salted caramel sauce for it. One day I'll get round to it (and then, no doubt, find it infiltrated by beasties!).

PhilomenaButterfly · 08/11/2018 17:43

Is that like spinach pasta, but instead of spinach it's chocolate? Tomb?

VerbeenaBeeks · 08/11/2018 18:05

I knew I wasn't adulting properly and this thread just confirms it.
Matching the pasta shapes to the sauce? You get what you're given in this house, it's lucky dip lol Grin
Some days it might be fusilli, some days farfalle, some days it's reckless abandonment and you get a mixture as I'm using up half full bags cluttering up the cupboard Grin

FuckKnuckle · 08/11/2018 18:11

So...what sauce would you recommend to go with penis shaped pasta? (and please don't say carbonara...)

I pretty much buy what appeals to me when I'm shopping - it usually works, but then, we're philistines Smile. The only one I didn't get on with was a strange small pasta with each piece shaped like a straightened out croissant - it was impossible to cook it in the middle without the ends being overdone and slimy.

solittletime · 08/11/2018 18:31

It's quite normal in Italy to mix similar pasta shapes every now and then.. just put the pasta that cooks longest first and time the rest accordingly!
Obviously not long and short pasta!

formerbabe · 08/11/2018 18:33

Fusilli is the best and the most versatile. Penne is so boring...we only have it because dd won't eat any other pasta shape.

AdaColeman · 08/11/2018 18:33

Penis shaped pasta must need puttanesca sauce surely! Wine

PhilomenaButterfly · 08/11/2018 18:35

FuckKnuckle penis shaped pasta carbonara.

gilmoregal · 08/11/2018 18:51

Tagliatelle and farfalle are my faves we've always got penne too i think of it as the one you can use for anything,

Not a fusilli fan and rigatoni is the work of the devil

Oh and lasagne sheets always need those

Wilma55 · 08/11/2018 18:59

I'm loving orzo at the moment.

MaisyPops · 08/11/2018 19:07

I'm one of those knobs that has eleventy pasta types in (including fresh pasta bags).

Much as I'd love to say I knew the correct pastas for each sauce, 80% of the time I let my mood dictate the shape.

OneStepMoreFun · 08/11/2018 19:24

Some of you farfalle-lovers will have to explain yourselves to me. It's rock hard in the middle and soggy-flabby on the frilly outer wings. Only about 40% of any individual butterfly is perfectly al dente.

MilkTrayLimeBarrel · 08/11/2018 19:40

All pasta is disgusting - I really hate the texture, taste and look of it.

LeeMiller · 08/11/2018 20:21

Farfalle is a mystery. It's clearly the worst shape. Either half chewy or half soggy.

We live in Italy so have access to a huge selection of types and shapes. But every brand from budget to high end does it so it's clearly one of the most popular choices. I've banned DH from buying it.

PhilomenaButterfly · 08/11/2018 20:24

So what were the butterflies Schadenfreude?

GimmeBread · 08/11/2018 20:25

You take that back @RiverTam! It's called macaroni cheese for a reason - if you use penne (ugh) it's just cheesey pasta! Isn't it? 🤨

GimmeBread · 08/11/2018 20:30

Bucatini. I tried this once and tried to suck it up like spaghetti - didn't work. It was IMPOSSIBLE to eat! 😂

VerbeenaBeeks · 08/11/2018 20:35

Penne is so boring...we only have it because dd won't eat any other pasta shape
I was all set to say why, they all taste the feckin' same, then remember kids are all bloody annoying and mine are exactly the same when it comes to food! Grin

formerbabe · 08/11/2018 20:39

Penne is so boring...we only have it because dd won't eat any other pasta shape

I was all set to say why, they all taste the feckin' same, then remember kids are all bloody annoying and mine are exactly the same when it comes to food!

I know! I can't face the discussion...A bag of penne is about 30p in Lidl...a small price to pay for a quiet life Wink

cushioncovers · 08/11/2018 21:18

Penis shaped pasta 

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