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You dig some meatballs out of the freezer and grab a jar of tomato sauce out of the cupboard, then reach for a package of noodles. You’re out of spaghetti, but fettuccini is fine, because it’s all the same, right? Soon you’re sitting down to a delicious meal that…just doesn’t feel right! What happened? Pasta is more than a pretty face; it’s the vehicle used to get that delightful sauce from your plate into your mouth, and each shape serves a specific purpose.


You know all about sauces, and now it’s pasta’s time to shine. If you’re going to stock a variety of pasta sauces in your pantry, you’ve got to stock a variety of pasta shapes as well.

Long round noodles include beloved spaghetti, fine angel hair pasta which may also go by the name of spaghettini, and then there is the lovingly engineered bucatini which is thicker than spaghetti and has a hole down the centre of the tube so that each noodle can get covered in sauce inside and out. Long, round noodles are ideal to serve with thin sauces because they get coated quickly and doesn’t slide off your fork as you twirl your next bite.

Pretty PastaLong flat noodles have more real estate to let sauce hold on to, and a little more elegance than their round counterparts. These include fan-favourite fettuccini, the slightly wider linguine, softer and fancier tagliatelle, and tagliatelle’s angel hair version, tagliarini. Flat noodles are best paired with smooth, heavier sauces – like alfredo and other cream sauces – because while you’re still twirling, there’s more space for the sauce to cling to. Lasagna noodles are in a world of their own. With good reason since they’re an essential part of the greatest casserole of all time! In our opinion, at least.

Curly, shell, and tubular noodles have lots of room to carry sauce. Wide and thick enough to easily spear with your fork whether it be in a hot dish, soup, or pasta salad, curly, shell, and tubular noodles work really well with coarse sauces that include hearty bites of meat and vegetables. They’re also fantastic covered in cheese! We’re talking about macaroni, spirali, fusilli, rigatoni, farfalle (also known as bow tie), penne, rigatoni, conchiglie and orecchiette, just to name a few. They come in a variety of sizes to suit your every whim.

Filled pastas are our final entry. Whether you them yourself with cheese or meat, or purchase them ready to go, you know you love ravioli, tortellini, and cannelloni. Since these powerhouse pastas are already filled with flavour you want to pair them with a smooth gentle sauce that won’t overpower the pasta.

These are just a few of the many different kinds of pastas you can choose from, but now you’ve got a better idea of what to look for when you’re next in store. National Pasta is your source for quality, locally Made In Canada pastas in all shapes, sizes, and flours! Stop by our shop in Guelph at 715 Wellington St. W or Cambridge at 25 Struck Court unit 3.

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