Who doesn’t love pasta? Whether you crave traditional spaghetti and meatballs or fettuccini alfredo, there are pasta and sauce combos that just marry each other perfectly. Generally speaking, thinner, more delicate pastas pair well with lighter sauces; and heavier, thicker pastas do well with meaty ragouts.
We break down 11 types of pasta and their ideal sauce pairings.
Spaghetti noodles are about 2mm in diameter and hold up well to hearty meat sauces or meatless sauces paired with meatballs.
2. Angel Hair
Angel hair pasta is half the diameter of spaghetti. Because it is so delicate, ideal sauces are light: plain melted butter by itself, olive oil by itself or with either basil leaves or diced tomatoes and lightly toasted pine nuts.
Bucatini is basically hollow spaghetti and works well in brothy soups or with sauces watery enough to fill the channel.