Want to break the shackles of your regular pasta routine?

This is a quick guide to Italian sauces, and good pasta pairings.

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The general simple rule when it comes to pasta is the thinner the sauce, the thinner the pasta-although there are exceptions. Stuffed pasta can often be accompanied by thinner broths or oil/butter sauces so that the filling stands out and the pasta is nicely softened, this is also true of the very small pasta styles such as Risoare which would be served in soups rather than a sauce.

If the sauce is heavier and richer the larger surface area of the thicker and chunkier pasta styles can be the best accompaniment. It provides a good foil for spicier sauces and can be baked al forno to achieve interesting texture differences.

Seafood and oil based with sauces go well with the thinner shapes… Spaghetti, linguine, fusilli lunghi, vermicelli

The rich meatier sauces with the longer flatter shapes.. Tagliatelle,pappardelle, fettuccine lend themselves well.

The below list does not claim to be comprehensive, restrictive or necessarily authentic, but hopefully provides a good quick recommendation to the intimidated.

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Alfredo– butter, cream and grated cheese-

served with fettuccine and green veg

Amatricana— sauce of fresh tomatoes, chopped bacon, onion and garlic, served with grated Pecorino

great with spaghetti, penne, fusilli

Marinara– sauce of fresh tomatoes, olive oil, garlic and basil

-served with spaghetti & linguini

pesto– oil, grated cheese, pine nuts, basil and garlic

Penne, Rigatoni

Pomidoro– tomato sauce

Tagliatelli, fettucine, papparadelle

Vongole– clam sauce with onions, tomatoes, olive oil and garlic.

Linguine, spaghetti

Arrabbiata Sauce This fiery sauce is made up of garlic, olive oil and dried red chilli

Spaghetti, Vermicelli

Carbonara prosciutto or crisp bacon, black pepper and eggs.

Tagliatelli linguine

Bolognese a rich meat sauce flavoured with tomatoes, wine

Penne, rigatoni, papparadelle