Dear fellow food-lover,

You know spaghetti, penne, and rigatoni—but what about fregola, trofie, and strozzapreti? October is National Pasta Month, so there's no better time to up your pasta IQ!

Italy is home to more than 350 shapes of pasta. Do you know which one translates to English as "little ears?" Or which pairs best with Bolognese sauce? Learn the history and traditional preparations of a few of our favorite shapes, and before you know it, you'll be a pasta pro!
Our Favorite Pasta Shapes
Explore the twists and twirls of Italy's pastas in our latest blog. Viva la pasta, of all shapes and sizes!
Have you tried pesto alla Trapanese ? Made with almonds instead of pine nuts and topped with marinated tomatoes, it pairs beautifully with casarecce, a short, twirly pasta from Sicily.

Recipe and photo courtesy of Barilla
This one-dish dinner will be ready in a flash. Whole wheat pasta pairs with avocado, tomatoes, eggs, and spinach for a healthy and hearty meal.

Recipe and photo created by Lyana Begret for the  Egg Nutrition Center .
A few ingredients and 15 minutes is all you need for this flavorful linguini. To vary the flavor, substitute some or all of the frozen peas with grated carrots. A perfect weeknight supper!

Oldways recipe and photo.
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