Anelli, Italian for “little rings”, are small, thin, rings of pasta. This dry, ring-shaped pasta is used in soups, salads, and oven-baked pasta dishes. Americans will often find anelli in canned soups and mixed dishes, particularly popular with children. A popular pasta bake in Italy, called timballo, originates in Sicily and contains anelli alongside meat and cheese. Anelli is a fun addition or substitute for recipes that call for alphabet pasta, pastina, or stellini (little stars). An even smaller version of anelli, called anellini, is about one-fourth of the size of anelli and can be used in similar dishes.
Did you know?Anelli lovers can celebrate December 11th, which is National Noodle Ring Day.