Pasta cooking times

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Image Name Meaning and description Cooking time
Amori Loves Available from Waitrose. 5 minutes
Anistelle Stelle = Stars 12 minutes
Bucatini Little pierced hole. Often encountered in Lazio, it is a thick type of spaghetti. Can be anything from /dish25cm to 60cm in length, with the longer versions usually being folded before drying. Produced by De Cecco and Cav. Giuseppe Cocco. 8-9 minutes
Campanelle Bells. See Gigli below. 8 to 10 minutes
Casarecce Home-made. This is an industrial pasta which is made to look homemade, hence its name. Length about 3.7cm, width 4mm. Good with pesto. 11 minutes
Cavatappi Corkscrews. Modern shape measuring 3cm by 0.5cm. Also known as Cellentani (whirls) it can replace maccheroni in Macaroni Cheese. 8 minutes
Coditos Little elbows (Spanish) 9 to 11 minutes
Conchiglioni rigati Large ridged shells. 13 minutes
Dischi volante Flying saucers. Dates back to 1947 after Kenneth Arnold spotted one in the USA. Diameter 2cm, thickness 2mm and best with chunky sauces or in pasta salads. 10 to 12 minutes
Eliche Propellers. 11 minutes
Elicoidali Helicoid. 10 minutes
Farfalle arcobaleno Rainbow butterflies. 7 minutes
Fettuccine all'uovo Little ribbons. 7 minutes
Fiocchetti all'uovo Little bows, ribbons, tassels. Produced by Cav. Giuseppe Cocco. 6 minutes
Fresh pasta Home-made egg pasta or commercial fresh egg pasta 3 to 5 minutes
Garganelli Scrolls. 10 minutes
Gigli Lilies. Also known as Campanelle (Bells). 8 to 10 minutes
Girandole gigante Giant pinwheels / windmills 6 minutes (or longer)
Lumache Snails 12 minutes
Lumaconi Large snails 15-17 minutes
Elbow macaroni 7-10 minutes
Maccheroni 7-10 minutes
Orzo 11 minutes
Paccheri rigati Ridged slaps 13 minutes
Pappardelle rustiche From pappare meaning to gobble up. 9 minutes
Pappardelle al Funghi Porcini Antonio Carluccio's 'Pappardelle al Funghi Porcini' (Durum wheat pasta with porcini mushrooms) 7 minutes
Pasta Negra Antonio Carluccio's spaghetti with black squid ink 8 to 10 minutes
Penne rigate Ridged quills. 13 minutes
Riccioli Curls. 9 to 11 minutes
Ruote tricolore 3 colour Wheels. 8 to 10 minutes
Sconcigli From the shape of the shell of a sea-snail (purple dye murex) of the same name. 10 to 12 minutes
Spaghetti 7-10 minutes
Stellete Little stars. 7 minutes
Tacconelli 13 minutes
Tagliatelline nests Little nests. 6 minutes
Thomas the Tank Engine Pasta 8 to 10 minutes
Tortiglioni From the Italian 'torquere', to turn. 12 minutes
Tripoline 9-11 minutes
Trottole Spinning tops. 9 minutes
Vermicelli nests Little worms 4 to 5 minutes
Zoo pasta 8 to 10 minutes


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