26 Popular Pasta Shapes and Sauce Pairings ~ Infographic Included

Pasta has always been one of my favorite foods. I remember coming home from school (I believe I was in the first grade) and telling my mom and dad ALL about this “new” way to eat spaghetti that a friend and I invented! I was totally impressed with our cleverness and for helping my parents eat spaghetti in such a special way.  😉

No, it wasn’t like Lady and The Tramp, although that would be quite fun with the right partner as well… It was twirling the spaghetti on the fork all nice and neat. LOL  I know (NOW and I learned that day) that it isn’t new at all. It was just that my parents both ate their spaghetti by cutting the noodles short and eating it IMHO the “boring way”. Oh well.

When I went gluten free in October 2012, one of the hardest changes for me was pasta. Finding the right pasta to use in my recipes became a lot more difficult. It required a lot of trial and error.

Fortunately, gluten free products including pastas have become a lot more popular in stores. Finding tasty gluten free pasta is much easier now and there is even a bigger variety of shapes these days.

Here are some of my favorite pasta and sauce combos that you can make with regular or gluten free pasta.

Angel Hair + Olive Oil and Cherry Tomatoes

Angel hair is simply an extremely thin spaghetti. It’s perfect when you keep it simple. I recommend tossing it in some olive oil and fresh garlic. This makes a good side dish. You can also add tomatoes and basil at the end!

Pappardelle + Ragu

Pappardelle are long, flat noodles perfect for holding a hearty sauce. Ragus are a good fit for this type of pasta, because they are so chunky and delicious! Usually ragus are based from meat and tomatoes, but the rest is really up to your taste buds.

Pappardelle would also work well with my Quick and Chunky Tomato and Basil Sauce, too. You can also make this sauce with linguine or spaghetti.

Another clever way to utilize this ribbon pasta would be as a yummy bed for dishes like my Swiss Steak.

Maccheroni + Cheese Sauce

Maccheroni is just the Italian word for macaroni, but it sounds fancier. Since these guys are hollow AND curved, they’re perfect for holding thick cheesy sauce. It’s actually super easy to make flourless mac ‘n’ cheese, like I do in my Velveeta Mac n Cheese recipe. Yum!

Another tasty way to use maccheroni (or macaroni) is in one of my son “Buddy’s” favorite side dishes. He is crazy about my Corn Cheese Macaroni recipe.

Farfalle + Cream and Mushrooms

Farfalle are those tasty and fun bowtie pastas that we all grew up eating! Farfalle are perfect in this Creamy Farfalle Pasta with Mushrooms recipe.

Gnocchi + Pesto

Gnocchi seem too doughy to possibly be made gluten free, but I promise there are great gluten free gnocchi in the store! Since gnocchi is pretty plain on its own, pesto is a good way to add some flavor.

Check out this handy infographic for 26 popular pasta shapes and sauce pairings. Honestly, the possibilities are endless!

26 Popular Pasta Shapes & Sauce Pairings

For more pasta ideas and sauce pairings, check out the post on Personal Creations here. Be sure to print out this handy guide and hang it on your fridge, pin it on Pinterest, and/or have it bookmarked for when you are in the mood for some pasta yumminess.

Thank you Personal Creations for sharing this handy infographic with us here at The Journey Unexpected. Be sure to check out their website. It is full of some amazing products and ideas for virtually every occasion. 

(This post contains my honest opinions. I was not compensated in any way for sharing this with you other than being allowed to share this infographic with you here.)