Know your pasta

Pasta comes in all shapes and sizes, each one with a unique story to tell…

Tortellini

Tortellini are ring-shaped pasta, sometimes also described as “navel shaped”. They are typically stuffed with a mix of meat (pork loin, prosciutto) or cheese. Originally from the Italian region of Emilia (in particular Bologna and Modena), they are usually served in broth, either of beef, chicken, or both.

Fusilli are long, thick, corkscrew shaped pasta. The word fusilli presumably comes from fuso (“spindle”), as traditionally it is “spun” by pressing and rolling a small rod over the thin strips of pasta to wind them around it in a corkscrew shape. In addition to plain and whole wheat varieties, other colours can be made by mixing other ingredients into the dough, which also affects the flavour, for example, beetroot or tomato for red and spinach for green.