These Pastas Offer a Taste of Italy in Every Box

Penne and spaghetti and fusilli, oh my!

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It really doesn't get more comforting than a rich and satisfying bowl of pasta. Whether you're making a homemade chunky bolognese for dinner or a fresh pesto sauce for a summertime pasta salad, choosing the right pasta shape, size, and flavor can truly make or break a dish. To help steer you in the right direction, we've rounded up 11 of our favorite dried-pasta brands.

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Rustichella d'Abruzzo
Rustichella Bucatini Pasta (Pack of 4)
$27.25

This traditional bucatini — a slightly thicker and more toothsome version of spaghetti — is made by using hand-carved bronze molds. This gives the pasta a distinct coarse texture, which in turn gives it excellent sauce-gripping abilities. Hands down our favorite pasta shape, this bucatini is perfect for creamy, saucy pasta dishes like bucatini carbonara or cacio e pepe.

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Colavita
Colavita Angel Hair Pasta Nests (Pack of 10)
$35.95

With a cook time of only 3 minutes, these angel hair pasta nests are perfect for a quick and easy addition to any weeknight dinner. Try sautéing these thin noodles with ripe cherry tomatoes, basil, and fresh mozzarella for a lighter pasta dish.

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Barilla
Barilla Spaghetti Pasta (Pack of 6)
$2.78

A number-one best-selling pasta, this spaghetti from household name Barilla is unanimously praised by reviewers for both taste and texture. Delicious served with virtually any sauce, from simple tomato sauce to creamy carbonara, we recommend stocking up on this popular long-cut pasta for weeknight meals.

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Sfoglini Special Edition Porcini Trumpets Pasta
Sfoglini
Sfoglini Special Edition Porcini Trumpets Pasta

$20 for two pounds

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Brooklyn-based brand Sfoglini makes its Special Edition Porcini Trumpets by adding in a fresh puree of porcini mushrooms to its organic semolina flour blend for a pasta that is earthy, nutty, and comforting. The slightly thicker shape and curly edges cling perfectly to any sauce, freshly grated hard cheese, and seasonal herbs.

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Benedetto Cavalieri Tagliatelle Pasta

$17.99 for pack of two

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Made according to a family tradition that first started in 1800, this tagliatelle pasta has a slightly coarser texture to prevent sauce from slipping off each noodle, so each bite is as flavorful as possible.

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Garofalo No. 5-9 Spaghetti Whole Wheat Pasta

$12.82 for pack of two

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An excellent option for whole-wheat pasta, this spaghetti from Garofalo is unanimously highly rated by reviewers for its texture and wonderful aroma, with several reviews noting a pleasant nutty flavor that complements any sauce. Try this nutty pasta with a bright and fresh pesto sauce this spring.

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Giovanni Rana Prosciutto & Cheese Tortelloni Pasta

$5.79

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Giovanni Rana is one of Italy's most renowned and beloved producers of artisanal fresh handmade pasta, and the brand's wide range of products include pasta varieties like this savory and just slightly salty Prosciutto & Cheese Tortelloni. If you're looking for a versatile and easy-to-make pasta to bring along to a picnic this season, this tortelloni has a quick 4-minute cook time and tastes delicious hot or chilled.

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Martelli Spaghetti Pasta

$16.80 per pound

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This artisanal spaghetti is made in Tuscany from local Italian durum wheat and is a versatile option for many dishes, from pasta arrabbiata to carbonara. Reviewers especially love this brand's "al dente snap" and firm texture, even though it's pricey.

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Barilla Rotini Pasta
Barilla
Barilla Rotini Pasta

$15.73 for pack of 12

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One of the most popular and readily available brands on the market, Barilla has an extensive variety of versatile dried pasta for virtually any occasion or meal. We love this fun rotini shape for use in hearty soups or fresh pasta salads.

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Ronzoni Healthy Harvest Whole Grain Spaghetti Pasta
Ronzoni
Ronzoni Healthy Harvest Whole Grain Spaghetti Pasta

$12.99 for pack of three

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If you have an active family on the go and can't seem to get enough whole grains into your little one's diet, switch out that white-flour-based pasta for a serving of this Ronzoni Healthy Harvest whole wheat-grain spaghetti instead.

It's loaded with 5 grams of fiber, 9 grams of protein, and 56 grams of whole grains per serving and tastes downright delicious cloaked in a bright pesto or spicy arrabbiata sauce.

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De Cecco Rigatoni Pasta

$17.95 for pack of five

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This ridged, straight-cut pasta is a crowd favorite among Amazon reviewers who swear by the shape's ability to hold even the thickest of meat or cheese sauces. We love serving rigatoni with a hearty Bolognese sauce.

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