Farfalle is another word for bow-tie pasta.
It translates to "butterflies" in Italian and is one of the most popular pasta varieties in the world.
Al dente means "to the tooth" in Italian.
It describes the texture of pasta that is tender without being soft. Learn how to perfectly cook your pasta here.
Tagliatelle is most commonly served with bolognese.
Ditalini, orzo, and pastina are all too small to hold up to a hearty bolognese. Learn more about pairing pasta with sauce here.
Penne would take the longest to cook (about 10 to 13 minutes).
The thicker the pasta, the longer it takes to cook. Spaghetti and fettuccine take about 8 to 12 minutes to cook while angel hair (aka capellini) can cook in as little as two minutes. See how long to cook other pasta shapes here.
"Spaghetto" is the singular form of "spaghetti," referring to a single strand of pasta.
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Spezzatino is an Italian beef stew, not a type of pasta.
It's typically made with beef, pancetta, and hearty vegetables. Learn how to make it here.
Most back-of-package instructions recommend cooking pasta in 1 to 1½ gallons of salted water.
This is the traditional ratio found on most boxes of pasta (although many experts are now recommending cooking it in much less water).
Orecchiette is not shaped liked a tube.
It's a variety of pasta shaped like tiny ears. Learn more about it here.
For every pound of pasta, use 1½ tablespoons of salt.
This may sound like a lot, but you won't actually be consuming all of it (most will go down the drain). Learn more about seasoning your pasta water here.
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