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Sauces and tosses for your favourite noodles

First published in’s February 2003 issue.
© Rogers Publishing Ltd.

Pick a noodle to find delicious toppings and recipes:

• Penne, ziti, macaroni
• Spaghetti, spaghettini
• Farfalle, orzo, orecchiette, stars
• Fettucine, linguine
• Shells, fusilli, rotini

Penne, ziti, macaroni
What is it? Penne Small, tube-shaped
Medium-sized and tubular
Long or short curved tube shapes
Sauces Openings in this sturdy pasta trap sauce. Ideal for bakes, such as macaroni and cheese, as well as pasta salads.
Jazz ups Bakes
• Cheese sauce, diced peppers and Cajun seasoning
• Roasted vegetables, Asiago cheese and red pepper flakes

• Creamy salad dressing, diced cucumber and tomato, and julienned carrots
• Hot, spicy garlic olives, roasted red pepper strips and feta cheese
• Chicken, chopped apples, garlic and curry powder

Recipes • Cheesy baked pesto pasta
• Freezer tomato mac ‘n’ cheese
• Moroccan party pasta salad
• Mediterranean tuna toss
• Pasta bake with eggplant and fennel

Spaghetti, spaghettini
What is it? Spaghetti Fine or medium-sized cords
Very thin spaghetti noodles
Sauces Thin strands are easily coated with tomato sauces and are good for herbed olive oil tosses and seafood sauces.
Jazz ups Tomato sauces
• Meatballs and generous pinches of Italian seasoning or dried sage leaves and ground savory
• Bacon or pancetta and dried rosemary leaves
• Shrimp, garlic, ground cumin and ginger

Olive oil tosses
• Chunks of canned tuna, capers and dried basil leaves
• Crumbled goat cheese, sun-dried tomatoes and dried oregano and thyme leaves

Recipes • Crazy tomato toss
Orange-teriyaki broccoli toss
Arrabiata tomato sauce
Harvest tuna pasta toss

Farfalle, orzo, orecchiette, stars
What is it? Farfalle Bow-tie-shaped
Small noodles that resemble grains
Small and ear-shaped
Tiny and star-shaped
Sauces Tiny and flatter pasta varieties are perfect for tosses, hearty vegetable-based sauces and soups.
Jazz ups Tosses
• Pimento-stuffed manzanilla olives, chopped tomatoes and diced mozzarella
• Canned salmon or tuna, sliced green onions and lemon-and-pepper seasoning

Hearty vegetable-based sauces
• Stir-fried broccoli, anchovies, dried basil leaves and red pepper flakes
• Sautéed zucchini, onion, ground cumin, ginger and coriander

Recipes • Feta, rapini and sweet red pepper pasta
• BLT pasta toss
• Bruschetta bows
• Orzo pasta salad with orange gremolada
• Pasta with tuna and capers

Fettuccine, linguine
What is it? Fettuccine Small or medium-sized flat-shaped ribbons
Long flat noodles, similar to fettuccine
Sauces Cream sauces, such as carbonara or alfredo, adhere best to long, flat pasta shapes.
Jazz ups Cream sauces
• Canned tuna, diced tomato and green onions, dried basil and oregano leaves
• Diced ham, peas and dried mint leaves
• Butter and Parmesan-and-herb seasoning
• Asparagus, orange peel and dried dillweed
• Smoked-salmon slivers, dried tarragon leaves, lemon juice and peel
• Sautéed chicken strips, broccoli florets, green onions and Italian seasoning
Recipes • Lasagna-style fettucini
• Fettucini alfredo
• Spicy shrimp linguine
• Sicilian pasta
• Sausage-and-spinach toss

Shells, fusilli, rotini
What is it? Shells Medium-sized and shell-shaped
Long, twisted spaghetti
Short twists or spirals
Sauces Delicious with hearty ragus that cling to twists and curls.
Jazz ups Ragus
• Spicy Italian sausage, roasted garlic-and-sun-dried tomato sauce, sliced mushrooms and zucchini
• Sautéed ground beef or chicken, stir-fried red peppers and zucchini
• Sautéed mushrooms, dried thyme leaves and black pepper
• Chopped prosciutto or ham, white wine, cream and dried bay leaf
• Marinated artichokes, tomatoes, onions and dried rosemary leaves
Recipes • Fresh tomato toss
• Hot Italian turkey-sausage-and-pasta sauce
• Provençal chicken, artichoke and olive pasta
• Mushroom-and-turkey pasta
• Coriander-pesto sauce

  • Penne, ziti, macaroni
  • Spaghetti, spaghettini
  • Farfalle, orzo, orecchiette, stars
  • Fettuccine, linguine
  • Shells, fusilli, rotini

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