Pasta 101 - Colavita

Pasta, Pasta, Pasta

Produced in the Molise region of Italy, Colavita pasta delivers authentic Italian quality, taste and texture. Our pasta is made with 100% durum wheat and certified mountain spring water “Acqua del Molise”. Colavita produces a full range of traditional pasta cuts as well as unique and regional cuts for pasta lovers and creative cooks.

A Family Tradition

The Colavita Pasta Company was founded by the Colavita family in 1912 in the small hilltop town of Sant'Elia a Pianisi, about twenty miles to the east of Campobasso in the Molise region of Italy. Surrounded by wheat fields, the people of Molise have always held an unwavering respect for farming traditions. In this same spirit, the Colavita family drew upon the resources of their homeland to produce their superb pasta for the local market and soon became a favorite of the Molise region. Generations later, this artisanal product became available worldwide. Made from 100% durum wheat, this fundamental component of the Mediterranean diet is available in a variety of cuts for all your favorite dishes.

Did You Know?

Colavita pasta is authentically made with pure Italian ingredients and Italian quality. There are many different cuts of our delicious Italian pasta available in both stores and online.

Pairing Your Pasta

Having tons of pasta cuts means that there are tons of different ways to pair them with sauces! Check out our chart to see how to use your favorite cut of pasta.

Pasta Shape Cuts Best Uses Try It With

Strands

Spaghetti, Capellini, Linguine, Bucatini, Perciatelli, Spaghettini, Thin Linguine Strand pastas like spaghetti are best paired with sauces that coat strands easily: tomato, marinara, pestos and oil-based sauces. Seafood also works well.

Spaghetti with Clams

Tubes

Penne, Rigatoni, Zitti, Large Rigatoni, Penne Rigate, Mezzi Rigatoni, Roman Rigatoni Penne and rigatoni are tube shapes. Their ridges and holes allow them to trap sauces. The angular ends of penne act as a scoop. These pasta shapes pair best with meat, cream, chunkier sauces—think Bolognese and Vodka.

Roasted Garlic Chicken Sausage with Penne

Shapes

Radiators, Gnocchi, Wagon Wheels Shapes work best with chunky vegetable and meat sauces. Their unique shapes allow you to scoop up sauces, and add a bit of personality to your dishes—and they add a little character to your heartier pasta dishes!

Broccoli Slaw Pasta Salad

Soup Pasta

Orzo, Shells, Smalls Shells, Soup Shells, Tubettini, Ditali, Pepe, Stelle (stars) Soup shells and smaller pasta cuts make great bite sized additions to dishes like Ribollita or Pasta e Fagioli. Orzo and Stelle are more versatile and can be used like rice or barley, not only in soups, but also in salads and side dishes.

Butternut Squash and Mushroom Soup

Curly

Fusilli, Long Fusili, Gemelli, Cavatappi Colavita curly pastas are just that - curly! The curls are great for scooping up chunky sauces, while the cuts are hardy and perfect for baked dishes.

Cavatappi with White Beans and Kale Walnut Pesto

Ribbons

Tagliatelle, Pappardelle, Fettuccine Ribbon shapes are cut into various widths from larger sheets. They work well with creamy sauces or meat ragus. Picture a wild boar pappardelle or a fettucini Alfredo and you’ve got the right idea!

Olive Oil Fettuccine Alfredo

Nests

Tripolini Nests, Capellini Nests, Fettuccine Nests, Pappardelle Nests, Tagliolini Nests Nests are perfectly portioned so you don't have to worry about overeating. Nests are perfect for throwing an egg in the middle and making perfectly portioned pasta appetizers.

Tripolini Nests with Heirloom Tomatoes and Crab

Large Pasta

Lasagna Large pastas like lasagna and shells are perfect for baking with heavy sauces because they tend to be thicker and can withstand the double cooking. Enjoy them with creamier cheeses like ricotta and mascarpone as well!

Manicotti Di Pasqua

Specialty Pasta

Colavita also produces whole wheat, organic, gluten free and artisanal pastas. We have a pasta for everyone, and recipes to match! Check our recipe website for how to cook with these unique pastas.

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