Congchiglette Pasta

Other Names:
Small Pasta Shells
Abissini
Arselle
Cinesini
Coiolette
Tofarelle
Tifettube
Conchiglionie (large pasta Shells)
Region:
Available throughout Italy and elsewhere.
Made with:
Manufactured is made with water, salt, and durum wheat and water.
About:
The name, Congchiglie literally means shells. One of the most recognizable and used shapes of all the pasta shapes. They come both smooth and ridged as pictured below. Due to its deep bowl shape its perfect for thicker, heavier sauces. The smallest variety that you see here is good for use in many thin soups and thicker meat or vegetable stews.
Source: Oretta Zanini De Vita (2009). Encyclopedia of Pasta, pg 85.
Photo Credit: Bill Rubino

There are so many manufacturers and different sizes that it’s hard to give exact sizes but below are three for you to compare, the largest for stuffing, medium for sauces, and the smallest for soups and stews.

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    A Quick Note

    I wanted to take a minute to say that I do try and weigh as many of the ingredients as I can. I think it helps make recipe results more consistent. Of course, professional bakers even measure liquids by weight. I don't mind pulling out my little digital scale when I need to.
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