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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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cushioncovers · 08/11/2018 21:19

Meant to add๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚


SchadenfreudePersonified · 08/11/2018 21:25



SchadenfreudePersonified · 08/11/2018 21:27


We will never know . . .


BonnesVacances · 08/11/2018 21:29

We mix up the ends of pasta shapes and call it Pasta Medley. Agree that farfalle is the work of the devil. We tend to switch between penne and fusilli and have recently ditched spaghetti in favour of its superior older brother linguine. It's much more versatile and just as good with bolognese too.


PhilomenaButterfly · 08/11/2018 21:31

Schadenfreude maybe it's best not to think too hard about it...


Oysterbabe · 08/11/2018 22:09

I avoid this by not leaving little bits of pasta in the bag. I cook too much to finish the bag and give it to the kids as a pasta salad for lunch.


TheBigFatMermaid · 08/11/2018 22:54

I like the shells with tuna and sweetcorn, obviously the bird nesty ones with carbonarra, Then, well, bolognaise has to be spaghetti. When DS is having 'crappy tea', he has the twisty ones, with a bit of tomato sauce (not ketchup) and grated cheese.


LittleBookofCalm · 09/11/2018 00:31

i love cavatappi


LittleBookofCalm · 09/11/2018 00:34

also called spirali, that is the best


hellokittymania · 09/11/2018 03:03

Did I miss something here? Ha ha Ha. What was Halloween pasta? I like the smaller kind, so fusilli. Conchilie etc


TheSerenDipitY · 09/11/2018 06:36

i get loads of different kinds and any part bags i mix together in a air tight tin for when im making mac and cheese, i love the larger "tube" styles so the cheese sauce fills in the tube part and is so yummy ( not that i can eat it because of the dairy) the family loves it!!!
Just get some nice storage containers and put them in, looks nice in the pantry all lined up


bonbonours · 09/11/2018 10:15

I am obviously a total pasta heathen because I really can't see the point of different shapes apart from novelty value. They all taste the same as made from the same stuff. I buy cheap penne because we get through tons of it, and cheap spaghetti because it cooks quicker for when I'm in a rush at dinner time.


bonbonours · 09/11/2018 10:17

@bigfatmermaid your 'crappy tea' is a standard meal in this house and one of the only things everyone will eat without whinging. Lol.


n0ne · 09/11/2018 10:44

No! You have to have at least short and long. If I was restricted to two shapes only, I'd pick linguine and conchiglie


DontCallMeCharlotte · 09/11/2018 11:14

I have RTWT (I think).

Does no one else have stunt pasta?


Slightlyjaded · 09/11/2018 11:25


The End.


kateandme · 09/11/2018 13:06

can someone tell me why the basics and "cheap" pasta at 20p(amazing price)is always done in penne the cutter cheaper :/


Thomasinaa · 09/11/2018 16:15

I feel strongly about this. Spiralli, which have appeared in the shops recently, are by far the best.


Oysterbabe · 09/11/2018 16:51

I like spiralli too, the baby finds it easy to pick up.


BroomstickOfLove · 09/11/2018 21:06

Pasta purists will be horrified to hear that last night I wasn't feeling well and in a bid to start my pasta cull I served vermicelli with puttanesca sauce. The children like it so much that DS mentioned it on the walk to school and asked if we could have it again.

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PhilomenaButterfly · 09/11/2018 21:37


MammaSchwifty · 09/11/2018 21:52

I think fusili is a decent choice for an all-round pasta shape. Also penne and rigatoni are good workaday choices.

Don't like the bow ties because on cooking the ends go too floppy and the middle bit remains tough.

I don't like the shells because they nest within each other like some kind of pasta mating orgy instead of behaving nicely and holding sauce.

Spirali just seem too modern.

Spaghetti (especially the extra fine ones) and tagliatelle I could eat all day long... mmmmm....


Bacardibabe · 09/11/2018 23:25

broomstick interesting or not to some... But fact that puttenesca translates into ' lady of the night"


BroomstickOfLove · 10/11/2018 07:21

We used to just call it prostitute spaghetti when we were growing up.

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