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I got this email from Dad last week, he had been looking through some of Mom's old cookbooks and came across a page talking about the different types of pasta.
I tried to find out the name of the cookbook, but he wasn't sure which one it was other than it was a cookbook from the Ragu Pasta Company.
Below is his email and list of pasta types that he sent;
There is probably no other food based item that comes in so many different sizes and shapes. The oddity is that if each one was to be prepared in the same dish or sauce they would each taste somewhat different.
There are many different types and varieties of pasta, and all this variety can lead to some not knowing which type to use for a specific dish. There is no hard rule that you have to use spaghetti noodles with spaghetti sauce, you can interchange most pasta in any recipe. Here is the list from the book;
Everyone has a favorite type of pasta, what is your favorite type?