Pasta Shapes

New pasta shapes are appearing all over the place. With the aid of technology, pasta dies (a piece of equipment that shapes the pasta as it extrudes) are able to be fashioned into shapes that are only limited by the imagination.

Many of the ancient pasta shapes have their origins in particular regions of Italy.

For example, orecchiette, meaning ‘ear’, and ‘-etta’, meaning small’, is a variety of home-made pasta typical of southern Italian region of Pulgia (Apulia). Orecchiette is traditionally served with broccoli rabe and small pieces of sausage meat that resemble meatballs.

Cavatelli also originate in southern Italy and are shaped similar to a long gnocchi. The Pasta Maker creates our cavatelli using a small pieces of equipment known as a cavatelli machine, attached to a counter. We add fresh flavours to our cavatelli like kale, black truffle and spinach. The Pasta Maker even combines the dough to create multicolour cavatelli. Very pretty.

Farfalle are commonly known as ‘bow-tie pasta’, the name is derived from the Italian word farfalla meaning ‘butterfly’. The origin of Farfalle pasta can be traced back to the 16th century in Lombardy and Emilia-Romagna in Northern Italy.

We look forward to discovering even more pasta shapes being created by imaginative people all over the world!

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