Mia Teal

Marketing Coordinator, Paid Media

Where are all our pasta lovers out there? Pasta, the beloved staple of Italian cuisine, has a remarkable ability to bring people together through its delightful simplicity and diverse flavors. Whether you’re twirling spaghetti with a rich tomato sauce, savoring the delicate layers of lasagna, or relishing the bite-sized wonders of ravioli, pasta is a universal comfort food that has woven itself into our busy lives. 

So, how well do you know your pasta? Let’s take a deep dive into the wonderful varieties pasta has to offer. Price Chopper and Market 32 offer a wide array of different pastas for your next Sunday dinner! Be sure to check out our PICS pasta collection below.

Spaghetti: Spaghetti is a long, thin pasta that pairs well with meatballs or chicken. The term “spaghetti” originates from the Italian word “Spago,” which can be translated into English as “string” or “twine.”

Price Chopper Recipe: Chicken Saltimbocca

Angel Hair: A lot of people may wonder what the difference is between spaghetti and angel hair pasta since they look the same. Angel hair pasta is finer and is commonly paired with seafood as shown below.

Price Chopper Recipe: Rachel Ray’s Scallops Fra Diavolo

Rigatoni: Rigatoni pasta is wide in diameter and has a cylinder shape. This pasta pairs well with chunks or meat, like beef or chicken with a thicker sauce, such as alfredo.

Price Chopper Recipe: Rigatoni Pie

Penne: Penne is similar to rigatoni, but has a smaller diameter and is cut at an angle. Like rigatoni, penne pasta pairs well with a thick sauce. 

Price Chopper Recipe: Penne with Vodka Sauce & Turkey Bacon

Farfalle (Bowtie): Bowtie pastas resemble their name – Bowties! This light pasta pairs wonderfully with butter, olive oil, or a heavy cream sauce.

Price Chopper Recipe: Grilled Vegetable Pasta Salad

Lasagna: “Lasagna” can refer to the type of pasta or the hearty dish, traditionally made with sauce, ricotta cheese, sausage and beef. The pasta itself is long, wide and flat with little indents along the sides. 

Price Chopper Recipe: Skillet Lasagna

Don’t forget to browse our PICS Pasta for those delicious recipes above!