Fusilli, Spaghetti and Penne remain the firm favourite pasta shapes in the UK. These three shapes probably won’t be knocked off the top position at the supermarkets but with a little encouragement to try a new shape by finding interesting and different shapes at the local deli we may see a few more of the many hundreds of Italian made pasta shapes in dishes on dining tables over here.
It’s difficult to image so many pasta shapes exist from just two ingredients, durum wheat semolina and water, but pasta maker Garofalo is passionate about each individual pasta shape it makes. The team at Garofalo in Italy will tell you - pasta shapes are not all the same, each shape has its specific texture, colour and taste and therefore, its specific treatment. Here we take a closer look at just two of the 72 Garofalo shapes.
Casarecce originate from Sicily, but are also typical of central southern Italy. Casarecce pasta is shaped like a very narrow, twisted and rolled tube and a good alternative to fusilli served with a chunky sauce. The name in Italian means `homemade’. Casarecce is a very popular shape for Garofalo, so much so it is in the standard, organic, whole wheat and gluten free ranges.
Lumaconi are large pieces of open pasta, which look like snail shells and the literal translation of the Italian word lumaca to English is snail. Lumaconi are big enough to take quite a lot of filling inside and are often stuffed before baking. A great alternative to cannelloni.
Garofalo 72 pasta shapes are stocked in the UK for immediate delivery through wholesaler distributors, please contact the Garofalo UK office for more information on pasta shapes, ranges we do and wholesalers stocking Garofalo pasta.