The Right Way to Sauce Pasta

The Right Way to Sauce Pasta

Who doesn’t love pasta? Here at Bottiglia, we couldn’t love pasta more, and while we are equal opportunity when it comes to the different types of pasta out there—we are particular about what sauce goes on what noodles. Here at Bottiglia, we know there is a right way to sauce pasta. This is why it is so important to know what pasta shape goes with what pasta sauce.

Not sure what the best pairings are? We’re here to help. Here are some of the best pasta pairings that will help you understand which pastas go with which sauces.

Spaghetti- This classic noodle pairs best with tomato-based sauces or cream-based sauces.

Twisted Noodles (Like Fusilli or Trofie)- Works best with lighter or smoother sauces that cling to the twists of the noodles—such as pesto sauces.

Linguine and Angel Hair ( and Other Long and Skinny Noodles)- Light seafood sauces, oil-based sauces or cream.

Long Ribbon Noodles Like Fettucine- Rich sauces, cream-based sauces and meaty sauces.

Shell-Based Sauces- Heavy cream or meat sauces. Large noodles can be stuffed with filling like meat or cheese and then topped with sauces.

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Tubes (Such as Penne or Rigatoni or Macaroni)- Hearty vegetable sauces, or Bolognese sauces. These noodles also work best with baked cheese sauces and dishes.

Filled Pasta (Like Tortellini or Ravioli)- These noodles work best with fillings that are filled with lots of flavor like mushroom, meats, veggies or cheeses and then serve with a lighter butter-based or oil sauce.

Mini-Shape Noodles (Orzo or Fregola)- These noodles work best in soups or stews. They are also great shapes for pasta salads.

The right sauce is instrumental to working with the right noodle. It helps not only create a more blended pasta dish, but it makes sure to highlight the flavor of the sauce and the flavor of the noodle as well. Mixing and matching sauces and noodles may seem like a fun idea at the time—but if you really want the best pasta experience possible—it is important to know how to sauce your pasta.

The good news is, here at Bottiglia, we take care of the hard work for you. We always have pastas that are perfectly sauced—so you don’t need to bring your new cheat sheet with you.

Now that you have pasta on the mind, there is no better time to come down to Bottiglia. We have some of the best pasta in all of Henderson. You know the right way to sauce a pasta, and now come down to Bottiglia to taste those pairings for yourself.