Today, October 17th is National Pasta Day! Did you know that there are over 600 different pasta shapes?

It is the shape of the noodle that gives pasta its name.  Some examples:

Spaghetti - cord                              Linguini - little tongues
Vermicelli - little worms                   Conchiglie - shells
Rotini - spirals                                Fettucini - small ribbons
Ravioli - little turnips                        Capellini - fine hairs
Fusilli - little spindles                      Cannelloni - tubes
Tortellini - little cakes                      Penne - quills
Rigatoni - short, wide fluted tubes
Lasagna - broad, sometimes ruffled, ribbons of pasta

Some people will only eat one kind of pasta. I know my children prefer penne over spaghetti. So here's your chance to Pick Your Pasta!


And if you're old enough, you'll remember that Wednesday was Prince Spaghetti Day in Boston!