Did You Know...

There Are
shapes of pasta

You’re likely to find only a small fraction of that number at your supermarket or grocery store, but even that can be overwhelming. How does Cavatelli differ from Cappellini? Which pasta goes best with which pasta sauce? We have a few of our favorite pasta pairings just for you!


Pasta Fact: Lasagna may possibly be one of the oldest types of pasta. In fact, this pasta noodle comes from the Greek word laganon, which means "flat sheet of dough cut into strips". Today, lasagna primarily refers to a dish made with several layers of lasagna pasta sheets alternated with sauces, cheese and various other ingredients.


Pasta Fact: Farfalle date back to the 16th century in Lombardy and Emilia-Romagna region in Northern Italy. This shape is best suited to cream and tomato dishes.


Pasta Fact: The word rigatoni, comes from the Italian word rigato (rigatone being the augmentative and rigatoni the plural form), which means "ridged" or 'lined' and is associated with the cuisine of southern and central Italy.


Pasta Fact: Manicotti usually refers to rectangular pasta sheets that are rolled with a filling, however, sometimes the pasta dough is replaced with a cooked crepe, generally 3-4 inches in length and once rolled 1 inch in diameter.


Pasta Fact: Thomas Jefferson is credited with bringing the first "macaroni" machine to America in 1789 when he returned home after serving as ambassador to France.


Pasta Fact: In Italy, penne are produced in two main variants: "penne lisce" (smooth) and "penne rigate" (furrowed), the latter having ridges on each penna. There is also pennoni ("big quills"), which is a wider version of penne. In the United States the same or similar shape, usually slightly larger, is called mostaccioli.