Here is a quick guide to help you.
These are long thin, round strips of pasta usually served with bolognaise sauce. If you’re a little lazy you can get a ready-made “spag-bol” from Nice ‘n Easy.
Farfalle (pronounced, “far-fah-lay”)
This pasta looks like little butterflies or bowties and is often served with a creamy sauce.
Lasagne (pronounced, “la-suh-nya”)
These are long flat, rectangular pieces of pasta usually baked with some bolognaise, béchamel (white sauce) and some cheese.
Fettuccine (pronounced, “fe-tu-chi-nee”)
Similar to spaghetti, fettuccine is long strips of pasta but instead of being round, it’s flattened. We particularly approve of Fettuccine Alfredo, which is pasta topped with a creamy ham and mushroom sauce. YUM.
Cannelloni (pronounced, “can-nuh-loh-nee”)
These are large-ish round tubes of pasta that is usually stuffed with creamed spinach and feta or a tomato and mince mix.
Macaroni (pronounced, “mack-ah-roh-nee”)
Macaroni is a miniature version of cannelloni. Usually, a couple of centimetres tall, these tiny tubes make great vehicles for a cheese sauce.
Penne (pronounced, “pen-neh”)
The name means “pens” in Italian, with good reason. The pasta looks like a small pen. Penne is a short-ish, squat tube that is favoured because you can eat it with a fork when you’re on the run.
Lucky for you, there are many ready-made pasta meal options out there if you’re not in the mood to cook anything.
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