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Is there anything better than sitting down for a hearty Italian pasta dinner? Pasta is the perfect go-to dinner because well, who doesn’t love it? Spaghetti, fettuccine, penne and bowtie are all common choices, but how do you determine what kind of sauce or ingredients to pair with your favorites? Don’t worry, we’ve put together the perfect guide for pairing your favorite noodles.

Let’s start by introducing you to the most popular kind of noodles used for pasta:pasta1

  • Angel Hair
  • Cavatappi
  • Elbow Macaroni
  • Fettuccine
  • Linguine
  • Manicotti
  • Penne
  • Ravioli
  • Spaghetti
  • Rotini
  • Tortellini

Now, let’s figure out what kind of sauce to pair your noodles with:

  • Long and thin noodles (angel hair, linguine, fettucine and spaghetti) pair well with tomato and cream sauces like alfredo.
  • Tube noodles (elbow macaroni, manicotti and penne) pair well with thick sauces with meat and vegetables.
  • Stuffed noodles (tortellini and ravioli) pair well with light tomato, cream and butter sauces.
  • Spiral noodles (cavatappi and rotini) pairs well with light oil-based sauces.

We have many Aprons recipes for you to check out, and we know your family will be impressed!

Garlic and Herb Langostinos Over Pasta

Garlic Herb Langostinos over Pasta

Creamy Tomato Pasta

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Penne Pasta Sauté 

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Lemon Chicken Pasta with Asparagus Tips

03_CC_Noodle_Body Image5Ravioli with Brown Butter Sage Sauce

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Italian Chicken With Rotini Pasta

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Share your favorite pasta pairing with us in the comments below!

Caroline A.

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Caroline started with Publix as a cashier in 2015 and has developed a passion for writing and social media. She loves being a part of Publix’s culture and enjoys bringing new ideas to The Publix Checkout by writing about topics customers might not know about the company. Pub Subs and Publix Sweet Tea are her favorites, and you’ll always find her with an iced coffee in hand. Outside of work, Caroline enjoys traveling, watching college football and playing with her fur child.

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