Types of pasta noodles

Pasta is one of my all time favorite comfort foods. There are so many ways you can make it – with different sauces, tomato pastes, cheeses, mushrooms etc. There’s nothing better than a creamy, cheesy dish of pasta. While looking for new and exciting pasta recipes, I came across a bunch of different pasta noodles.

I had absolutely no idea that there were so many different kinds of pasta. I’m a huge pasta lover but even I had no idea what was coming – so I decided to list all the different pasta noodles I could find.

I hope you enjoy this pasta-bly one of the best articles on this page! 🙂

Long to medium long pasta

Types of pasta noodles

Here are the types of long to medium long pasta.

Bigoli

Spaghetti-shaped pasta, but fatter and softer. They are prepared from full-grain flour, sometimes a duck egg is added to the dough.

Bucatini

Thickened spaghetti-type pasta, the middle of which is empty.

Capellini

Very thin spaghetti-shaped pasta, often twisted together in “nests.” The translation means “thin hair.”

Fedelini

Very thin spaghetti-type pasta.

Fettuccine

A kind of pasta that even those who aren’t fans of it seem to recognize. This is long pasta, wide and twisted around 6.5 millimeters, in a kind of sloppy lump.

Linguine

Spaghetti pasta, which means “little tongues” in translation.

Lasagne

This is wide rectangular-shaped pasta that could be translated as a “flat slice of bread.” This is perhaps the oldest of pasta types.

Lasagnette

Another version of lasagne, only more narrow and wavy.

Maccheroncini di Campofilone

Looks like thin strips. Eggs are used to make this type of pasta.

Mafalde

This type of pasta got its name in honor of Princess Mafald of Savoy (France). The pasta is long, rectangular and wavy.

Pappardelle

Pasta is made in flat strips, the dough of which is based on eggs.

Pici

Very thick, irregularly shaped and long pasta, it is handmade.

Pillus

Very thin pasta strips, which are made in beef broth.

Spaghetti

Undoubtedly a type of pasta that everyone has tasted. They are long and thin cylindrical pasta made up of flour and water.

Spaghetti alla chitarra

Rectangular pasta made of eggs and flour. The name comes from the device used to cut the pasta, which resembles a guitar in shape.

Su Filindeu

This pasta consists of 256 equally fine dough threads that are dried in the sun. It should be noted that this is a very rare type of pasta. Therefore, if you are a hunter of different types of pasta, then finding this one is the right challenge for you.

Tagliatelle

Long pasta 6.5 to 10 millimeters wide, mixed in a ball. The translation means “cut”.

Taglierini

These are the thinnest version of tagliatelle pasta.

Vermicelli

In translation, it means “little worm”. In Italy, this pasta is a little thicker than spaghetti pasta.

Ziti

Long and narrow pasta, which is usually broken before cooking. In translation, the word means “brides and grooms”.

Short pasta

Types of pasta noodles

Here are the types of short pasta I could find.

Boccoli

Short, thin and twisted pasta.

Calamarata

In appearance, this pasta resembles a wide ring.

Cappelli da chef

Looks like a chef’s hat and literally it means it.

Casarecce

Short pasta with an “s” shape. Translated means “home made”.

Casatellane

Pasta in the shape of a shell, which is translated as “castle dweller”.

Cavatappi

Pasta with the shape of a wine corkscrew, which in translation also means exactly that.

Cavatelli

Short and longer pasta, which is made in three sizes, usually measured by the fingers.

Chifferi

Small and wide pasta, which can be both straight and curved.

Cicioneddos

Shell-shaped pasta that is rolled out by hand.

Conchiglie

Curved shell-shaped pasta.

Creste di galli

Short, curved and ribbed pasta.

Farfalle

In translation, they mean “butterflies”.

Fiori

Flower-shaped pasta, which also translates as “flowers”.

Fusilli

They are thin and twisted (like a corkscrew).

Garganelli

Eggs are used to make their dough and it is formed into a ribbed square, which is then rolled into a tube.

Gemelli

An “S” shaped type of pasta that is twisted into a free spiral shape.

Gomiti

Translated to mean “elbow” and resembles a bent elbow in shape.

Lanterne

Curved and ribbed pasta, which means “lanterns”.

Lorighittas

The strips of pasta are wrapped twice around three fingers so that they form a ring and then rotated to resemble a rope. This word translates as “small rings”.

Mafaldine

Short pasta that is wavy.

Maltagliati

Pasta of various shapes, which can be translated as “poorly cut”.

Malloreddus

The rolling of this pasta dough is handmade, their shape is a shell.

Mandala

The design of this pasta was created in 1987, inspired by mandala drawings.

Marille

The name could be translated as “from the sea”. This type of pasta was designed in 1983 and looks like an ocean wave.

Mezzi bombardoni

Wide-shaped tubular pasta.

Passatelli

These pasta noodles are prepared in chicken broth from breadcrumbs, eggs, grated Parmesan cheese, lemon and nutmeg.

Pizzoccheri 

Flat pasta plates made from buckwheat flour.

Radiators

Visually, they are comparable in form to radiators (old), and this also means it in direct translation. Their shape makes them suitable for dishes consisting of thick consistency sauces.

Ricciolini

Short and wide pasta cut at a 90 degree angle.

Rotelle

Pasta whose appearance corresponds to its name – “small wheels”.

Sagnette

They look like short and thin strips.

Spirali

Spiral tubes, translated to mean “spirals”.

Spiralini

According to their size, the name means “small spirals”.

Vesuvio

These pasta are named in honor of Mount Vesuvius. They resemble the shape of a corkscrew in appearance.

Pasta for soups 55

Types of pasta noodles

Here are some types of pasta for soups.

Acini di pepe

Translated to mean “peppercorns”.

Alfabeto

Pasta shaped like letters of the alphabet.

Anelli

Small pasta in the shape of rings.

Conchigliette

Small pasta in the shape of a shell. The name translates as “small shells”.

Ditali

Short tubular pasta. Their name could be translated as “nozzle” or “thimble”.

Fideos

Pasta made from flour, eggs and water. In appearance, they are finely long and twisted into lumps or messy, rolled balls.

Fregula

This type of pasta originated in Sardinia. From the dough form small, round balls about 2-3 millimeters in diameter and bake in the oven.

Funghini

Small pasta that looks like mushrooms and also means “small mushrooms”.

Midolline

Flat pasta with a teardrop shape.

Occhi di pernice

Very small pasta, which means “eyes of a partridge”.

Pastina

Translated to mean “small pasta”. This name also refers to the “family” of all small pasta.

Piombi

Translated as “pearl pasta”.

Quadrettini

Small and flat pasta with a square shape means “small squares” in translation.

Stelle

Pasta in the form of small stars.

Stortini

A smaller version of “elbow pasta”.

Pasta with filling

Types of pasta noodles

And here’s some pasta with fillings.

Agnolotti

Semi-round or square pockets that can be filled with ricotta or other cheeses, meat or vegetables. In translation, they mean “angels.”

Caccavelle

Large pasta, in the form of a bowl, for filling. Translated from Latin, it means “pot”.

Cannelloni

Pasta rolls, which are filled with various fillings, are usually cooked in the oven.

Cappelletti

Pieces of square dough filled with minced meat and folded into a triangular shape. This name translates as “hats”.

Caramelle

A type of stuffed pasta that looks like candy and is also translated by the word.

Casoncelli un casunziei

These are types of stuffed pasta and their name probably comes from the word casa or house.

Conchiglioni

Stuffable pasta, which looks like large shells in shape and is also a translation of the name.

Lumache

In translation, this word means “snails” and would be visually comparable to snail “houses”.

Mezzelune

Semicircular pockets, which means “crescent”.

Pansotti

Triangular pasta, which is not usually filled with meat. In translation, this name means “big belly”.

Ravioli

This popular pasta consists of two pasta squares and is filled with meat, cheese, vegetable purees or a combination of different ingredients.

Sacchettoni

Another type of stuffed pasta is small square shapes. They are wrapped around the filling and rotated. In translation, the name means “small bags”.

Tortelli

The translation of this word is “little pies”. Fold the square-shaped pasta to form triangles. They are about 30 × 35 millimeters in size. Sweet versions are also available for this type of pasta.

Tortellini

Ring-shaped pasta, usually stuffed with meat and cheese.

Tortelli del Mugello

A type of pasta that is stuffed with potatoes.

There’s so many different kinds of pastas that the pastabilities are endless! 🙂

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