Cooking with dried pasta

Dried pasta has immense value. It is cheap, comes in over 300 shapes and sizes, and is quick and easy to cook.Dried pasta can be smooth, ridged, hollow, twisted, long short - you get the point.

Some pasta types are better suited to certain types of sauces. For example, smooth pasta is generally used with creamier sauces that can cling easily to the smooth surfaces, whereas ridged or profiled pasta better for holding more liquidy sauces such as tomato sauce.

Dried flour is typically made with durum wheat flour and water although occasionally egg is used.

This page is really designed to give you an overview rather than an in depth guide of all the different pasta types.

Below is a video of Giancarlo talking about and cooking dried pasta. Watch the whole video or jump to a specific point of interest.