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The Pasta Encyclopedia – Fusilli

By: | 0 Comments | On: November 2, 2017 | Category: Pasta Encyclopedia

Fusilli was originally made in central-southern Italy and Sardinia by taking a strand of spaghetti and rolling it around a knitting needle; similar to how yarn is spun around a spindle. Hence the name derives from the Italian word fuso for “spindle.” There are many versions with many different names,... more

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Pasta Encyclopedia: Lasagne

By: | 0 Comments | On: August 2, 2017 | Category: Pasta Encyclopedia

Lasagne derives from the Latin word for “cooking pot,” which flat sheets of pasta were almost always baked in. The origins of a layered baked pasta dish may go back all the way to ancient Greece, but without a doubt is now an iconic food of Italy. Unlike the heavy... more

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Pasta Encyclopedia: Pipette

By: | 0 Comments | On: January 31, 2017 | Category: Pasta Encyclopedia

In Italian as in English, the term “pipe” refers to the instrument preferred by smokers in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Pipes, or pipettes, are curved pasta tubes that take their name from this same elbow shape. The die for this cut features a thin sheet of metal on... more

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Pasta Encyclopedia: Farfalle

By: | 0 Comments | On: November 18, 2016 | Category: Pasta Encyclopedia

The name of this classic pasta derives from the resemblance to a butterfly, as farfalla is “butterfly” in Italian. In the old days, the shape was called “stricchetti” for the pinch in the middle made by hand. That pinch gives farfalle an extra firmness in the center, and also makes... more

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Pasta Encyclopedia: Cellentani/Cavatappi

By: | 0 Comments | On: April 25, 2016 | Category: Pasta Encyclopedia

At Barilla, we call this shape Cellentani in honor of a famous and much loved pop singer in Italy in the 1960s, when it was introduced. His name was Adriano Celentano, dubbed “moleggiato” or “springs” for his distinctive stage movements. As the shape resembles a coiled spring, it all made... more

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Pasta News

By: | 0 Comments | On: February 1, 2016 | Category: Pasta Encyclopedia, Product Updates/Promotions

Barilla introduces a new shape to their best-selling line of pastas for foodservice. Medium Shells are a versatile semolina pasta shape that’s well suited to baked dishes, cold pasta salads or hot pasta dishes. One of our favorite recipes for shells is New Orleans-style crawfish mac and cheese. Medium Shells... more

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Pasta Encyclopedia: Conchiglie Rigate – Medium Shells

By: | 0 Comments | On: November 13, 2015 | Category: Pasta Encyclopedia

Conchiglie Rigate – Medium Shells Conchiglie Rigate, or medium shells as it is known here in the U.S., owes its name to its characteristic shell shape (conchiglia in Italian). The “rigate” part of the name refers to the ridges, as shells can also be made lisce or smooth. The cupped... more

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Fideo – Cut Spaghetti

By: | 0 Comments | On: August 25, 2015 | Category: Pasta Encyclopedia

Fideo, or Cut Spaghetti, is a pasta shape more common in Latin countries than here in the U.S. Essentially angel hair cut into smaller inch-long pieces, fideo is the Spanish word for “noodle,” and may have some roots in Arabic language and cuisine. It’s traditionally made in Spain and Mexico... more

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The Pasta Encyclopedia: Collezione Spaghetti

By: | 0 Comments | On: April 30, 2015 | Category: Pasta Encyclopedia

Collezione Spaghetti or “guitar” is named not for the distinctive square-shaped strands of pasta, but the special tool that was traditionally used to make them. It’s essentially a frame strung with steel wires (like guitar strings) spaced closely together. The closer together, the thinner the pasta will be. The pasta dough... more

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The Pasta Encyclopedia: Orecchiette

By: | 0 Comments | On: February 5, 2015 | Category: Pasta Encyclopedia

Orecchiette translates to “little ears” in Italian, looks like its name, with little ear-like cups that cradle and capture sauces. Barilla Orecchiette is one of few cuts produced exclusively in Italy using bronze dies as part of the Collezione line. The resulting traditional look and texture make it a great... more

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