Elbow macaroni is one of the most common tube pasta shapes with its short, semicircular shape. There are a few sizes of elbow macaroni for use in a many different types of dishes including soups, salads and casseroles, as this shape offers lots of options for recipes. In the United States, macaroni is traditionally used in macaroni and cheese, a popular staple across generations.
The name comes from Italian word maccheroni (the plural form of maccherone).
Macaroni pairs well with practically any type of sauce, baked recipes, soups, salads or stir-fry dishes. Elbow macaroni is typically used to in macaroni and cheese dishes, but is also a popular choice for pasta salads.
July 17th: National Macaroni Day
July 14th: National Mac and Cheese Day