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Pasta Shapes for Kids

pasta noodle shapes infographic

Did you ever wonder why there are so many shapes and names for pasta? It comes in curly, long, flat, round and even in the shape of ears! Here’s more about pasta shapes that says:

There are approximately 350 different types of pasta around the world — and about four times that many names for them! For example, due to its shape, farfalle pasta is often called “butterfly” or “bowtie” pasta.

There’s even a cookbook called “Geometry of Pasta” which was the subject of an NPR radio interview. The book is full of recipes by chef Jacob Kenedy and hundreds of black and white drawings of pasta shapes by Caz Hildebrand.

Want to make pasta for dinner? Kids can help you whip up dinner tonight with an easy Italian recipe. Top your favorite pasta shape with a simple caprese sauce of fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, and basil. Dinner’s ready!

Very simple ingredients include fresh mozzarella, fresh basil, olive oil, tomatoes, garlic, salt, 1-pound box of your favorite pasta shape noodles and freshly grated parmesan cheese.

  1. Cut mozzarella into bite-size pieces
  2. Snip basil leaves with clean scissors
  3. Add olive oil, tomatoes, garlic, and salt

Done! This takes just 15 minutes of hands-on time and 25 minutes start to eat time.

Here are some names of the pasta pictured below:

  • Cavatappi
  • farfalle
  • rigatoni
  • rotini
  • fusili
  • penne
  • linguini
  • capellini
  • lasagna

pasta noodle shapes infographic

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