pass the pasta, luigi (sallye)

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By sallye bates
from Austin, TX

This is a great description of the different pastas. I found it in one of my old cookbooks, so it probably doesn't have some of the newer pastas that are around these days, but it's pretty comprehensive.

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    TYPES OF PASTA ANGEL HAIR - Capelli d'angelo means "angel hair". These are long thin strands of pasta.
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    COUSCOUS - Pronounced "Koos koos", this is a pearly form of semolina. It comes in two sizes and different colors.
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    FETTUCCINE= Means "little ribbons". These are fatter strands of pasta good for heavier sauces.
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    LASAGNA = Usually about 3-inches wide in size meant to be layered in baked pasta recipes
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    LINGUINE = Means "little tongues", these are thin strands of pasta (thicker than angel hair but thinner than fettuccine)
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    LINGUINE = Means "little tongues", these are thin strands of pasta (thicker than angel hair but thinner than fettuccine)
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    NOODLES - Noodles are similar to pasta but usually contain eggs mixed in the dough whereas pasta dough does not.
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    ORZO - Means "barley". This is a very small rice-shaped pasta.
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    PENNE - Means "pens". Plain penne are short, smooth sided tubes cut on the diagonal. Penne rigate are ridged tubes.
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    RAVIOLI - Stuffed squares of pasta. Can be filled with meats, vegetable purees, or cheese.
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    RIGATONI - Tubes of grooved pasta about 1 1/2 inches long. Similar to penne pasta.
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    SPAGHETTI - Means "little strings". Long thin strands of pasta that are most commonly used in recipes.
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    TORTELLINI - Means "little twists". These are small, stuffed pasta shapes filled with meat or cheese.
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    ZITI - Meaning "bridegrooms", these are thin tubes of pasta that vary in length. Similar to penne
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    There are other types of pasta, but these are the most commonly used in American Italian dishes.

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