Never sneer at tradition. It might sneer back. There once was a time when I would have sneered at the importance of the connection between pasta shape and pasta sauce. More pasta rules, blah, blah, blah… But there are rules for a reason… And so today, I sneer at myself.
What’s in a shape? A lot when it comes to pasta. There are 500+ shapes of pasta, with many regional variations. While the basic ingredients are always the same (with the occasional addition of egg, spinach, ink, etc), the shapes make all the difference in your mouth. And when the shape isn’t paired with the right sauce, the dish just doesn’t work.
This week I experimented with big shells, even thought I knew the conventional wisdom, which is to pair this sauce with a long pasta.
A swing and a miss. Guilty as charged. So sneer away at me, but don’t sneer at tradition. And please use a long pasta when preparing this dish.
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