Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Which Sauce?

There are said to be six hundred different pasta shapes in ltaly. Of these, about fifty are the common shapes that are easily found. But, since different regions of Italy and different manufacturers sometimes give different names to the same shape, there is often confusion. So, when pairing pasta with sauce, it is best not to focus on all the different shapes pasta. Think instead about the pasta sauce - its consistencand texture - and which pasta it would coat and complement best. As a general rule, slippery or more delicate
sauces are best paired with long pasta strands or ribbons. Short pasta shapes and tubes suit thicker or chunkier sauces that cling to the hollows of the pasta and get caught inside the holes. But remember, cooking and eating pasta is no different from all cooking and eating; whatever venerable traditions and classical rules there may be, always trust your own palate. At the end of the day, it's a matter of personal choice.

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