Types of pasta and their names (including “elbows”)


There are hundreds of varieties of pasta. Below are some of the most popular shapes and styles of the Italian variety. The translations of their names gives a hint about their shape:

Spaghetti        Small twines

Vermicelli       Little Worms

Capellini         Little Hairs

Fusilli              Rifles

Fetuccine        Little Slices

Lasagne          Cooking Pot

Linguine         Little Tongues


  1. wolf tamer and tree puncher -  November 19, 2013 - 6:35 am

    You’re right. Why are there no elbows?

    “Elbow” isn’t an Italian word. In Italian they call them “macaroni.”

    My favorites are Farfalle (which I notice you didn’t list, Dictionary.com), the bow-tie/butterfly-shaped ones. But I like all pasta. My brother likes it more, though.

    Homemade macaroni ‘n’ cheese with real cheese is so much better than the Kraft-out-of-a-box-with-cheesy-powder stuff!

  2. wafflez -  May 30, 2012 - 4:41 pm

    Um, OnceInABlueMoon, it’s not Newfoundland and Labrador, it’s New Latin. And I think they did elbows to be funny. Just saying.

  3. OnceInABlueMoon -  April 22, 2012 - 12:50 pm

    @Kate: You’re right, there was no elbows. But I don’t think “elbow” is an Itallian word. :)

    “Vermicelli” is one of the many words with the Newfoundland/Labrador prefix vermi-, meaning worm. Other examples of this are vermicide, vermicular, vermiculture, vermifuge, vermiculite, and vermiform.

    I am curious about ravioli because I have it all the time and it’s so good!!!

  4. Kate -  November 2, 2010 - 9:45 am

    Love all these foods lol can’t help i’m italian and unlisted has a point, there is nothing about elbows here…

  5. #1 Skillet Fan -  October 11, 2010 - 2:14 pm

    what about “raditore”???

  6. unlisted -  October 10, 2010 - 8:54 am

    So where is the listing for the “elbows” (besides in the title)?

  7. Fettuccine -  October 9, 2010 - 12:58 am

    You spelled, ‘fettuccine’ wrong.


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