We know that different pasta shapes work better with different types of sauces, but did you also know that pasta shapes influence which types of pasta tools you should, as well? A special edition of Gourmet magazine devoted to pasta, breaks down which cookware is best to pair with different pasta shapes.
According to the issue, all pasta should be boiled in a heavy-duty stainless steel pot. Look for one that holds eight quarts and comes with a perforated insert.
For long pastas like spaghetti, fettuccine, or pappardelle, it’s best to use stainless steel spring action tongs to pick up and move slippery pasta. This minimizes any breakage you may be trying to avoid.
For smaller sized shapes, like shells, ravioli, or elbow macaroni, try using a Chinese skimmer to remove your pasta when it’s done boiling. These are ideal for pastas that may be floating in boiling water.
By utilizing these proper pasta tools, you can be sure to have a seamless cooking experience!