What pasta shapes do you enjoy cooking with? I tend to use capellini a lot for simple sauces, it's my staple. Linguini fini sometimes. For ragu I like to use tagliatelle or papardelle. I avoid bulky pasta shapes like fusili or even penne. The bulkiest shape I will use is elbows for mac n' cheese.
I agree, it depends who your guests are and what your making. If my darling nephew comes over, its bucatini. He has two sauces which he likes, all'amatriciana or mushroom and the pasta must be al dente. Did I mention how much I get a kick out of watching his beautiful face it it ? Precious.
The pasta I use at work are the mini bows, orzo (for soup ) and the big shells which they enjoy when they are stuffed.
Other pasta depending the dish.
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I love bucatini - use it a lot.
Just looked in my pantry - I've currently got lasagne sheets, spaghetti, orichiette (sp!),orzo, tagliatelle (spinach and white), farfalle, linguine and rigatoni.
I like to make my own, but seldom do so nowadays - must get back into the habit! If I'm doing ravioli, then I always make my own pasta.
me eat it all the time