Pasta cooking times

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Image Name Meaning and description Cooking time
Amori.jpg
Amori Loves Available from Waitrose. 5 minutes
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Anistelle Stelle = Stars 12 minutes
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Bucatini Little pierced hole. Often encountered in Lazio, it is a thick type of spaghetti. Can be anything from /dish25cm to 60cm in length, with the longer versions usually being folded before drying. Produced by De Cecco and Cav. Giuseppe Cocco. 8-9 minutes
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Campanelle Bells. See Gigli below. 8 to 10 minutes
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Casarecce Home-made. This is an industrial pasta which is made to look homemade, hence its name. Length about 3.7cm, width 4mm. Good with pesto. 11 minutes
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Cavatappi Corkscrews. Modern shape measuring 3cm by 0.5cm. Also known as Cellentani (whirls) it can replace maccheroni in Macaroni Cheese. 8 minutes
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Coditos Little elbows (Spanish) 9 to 11 minutes
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Conchiglioni rigati Large ridged shells. 13 minutes
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Dischi volante Flying saucers. Dates back to 1947 after Kenneth Arnold spotted one in the USA. Diameter 2cm, thickness 2mm and best with chunky sauces or in pasta salads. 10 to 12 minutes
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Eliche Propellers. 11 minutes
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Elicoidali Helicoid. 10 minutes
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Farfalle arcobaleno Rainbow butterflies. 7 minutes
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Fettuccine all'uovo Little ribbons. 7 minutes
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Fiocchetti all'uovo Little bows, ribbons, tassels. Produced by Cav. Giuseppe Cocco. 6 minutes
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Fresh pasta Home-made egg pasta or commercial fresh egg pasta 3 to 5 minutes
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Garganelli Scrolls. 10 minutes
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Gigli Lilies. Also known as Campanelle (Bells). 8 to 10 minutes
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Girandole gigante Giant pinwheels / windmills 6 minutes (or longer)
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Lumache Snails 12 minutes
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Lumaconi Large snails 15-17 minutes
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Elbow macaroni 7-10 minutes
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Maccheroni 7-10 minutes
Orzo.jpg
Orzo 11 minutes
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Paccheri rigati Ridged slaps 13 minutes
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Pappardelle rustiche From pappare meaning to gobble up. 9 minutes
Pappardelle al Funghi Porcini, Durum wheat pasta with porcini mushrooms.jpg
Pappardelle al Funghi Porcini Antonio Carluccio's 'Pappardelle al Funghi Porcini' (Durum wheat pasta with porcini mushrooms) 7 minutes
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Pasta Negra Antonio Carluccio's spaghetti with black squid ink 8 to 10 minutes
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Penne rigate Ridged quills. 13 minutes
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Riccioli Curls. 9 to 11 minutes
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Ruote tricolore 3 colour Wheels. 8 to 10 minutes
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Sconcigli From the shape of the shell of a sea-snail (purple dye murex) of the same name. 10 to 12 minutes
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Spaghetti 7-10 minutes
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Stellete Little stars. 7 minutes
Tacconelli.jpg
Tacconelli 13 minutes
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Tagliatelline nests Little nests. 6 minutes
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Thomas the Tank Engine Pasta 8 to 10 minutes
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Tortiglioni From the Italian 'torquere', to turn. 12 minutes
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Tripoline 9-11 minutes
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Trottole Spinning tops. 9 minutes
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Vermicelli nests Little worms 4 to 5 minutes
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Zoo pasta 8 to 10 minutes

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