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Rigatoni all’Amatriciana. Photo courtesy of BarillaUS.com (the recipe is on the website).
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Updated September 2009

Product Reviews / Main Nibbles / Pastas

Pasta Glossary

Page 7:  Pasta Types With R

 



If you enjoy this Pasta Glossary, we have a food glossary for almost every category of food, including Italian favorites like cheese, espresso and olive oil. Plus, find reviews of our favorite brands of pasta and sauces, pasta recipes and informative articles about pasta in our Pasta Section.

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RADIATORE
The Italian word for “radiators,” radiatore (rah-dee-a-TOE-ray) are short, chunky pasta shapes about 1 inch by 1/2 inch, with ruffled ridges that radiate out.  One of the more elegant pasta shapes, they look great sauced or in casseroles, salads and soups.

RAGÙ
A ragù (rah-GOO) is a meat-based sauce. The Italian word derives from the French ragoût, from the verb ragoûter, “to revive the taste.” A ragù is usually made by adding meat to a soffritto, a mixture of chopped onions, celery, carrots and seasonings (garlic and fresh herbs such as parsley or sage), that is partially fried in olive oil. (A soffritto is the progenitor of the French concept of the mirepoix.) It is then simmered for a long time with tomato sauce.

  Pasta
Radiatore available from GrissPasta.com.

Ragù can be made with any meat or game. Ragù alla bolognese (sometimes known as Bolognese sauce) is made with ground pork, beef and pancetta. Ragù alla Napoletana (Neapolitan ragù) includes sliced beef, raisins and pine nuts.

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THE MANY FLAVORS OF PASTA

RAMEN
Ramen are Japanese wheat noodles. While they are known to Americans largely as salty, inexpensive packaged noodle soup mixes, in Japan there are as many varieties of noodle and recipes as there are prefectures, ramen dishes are fine cuisine and innovation is the name of the game, where recipes are closely-guarded secrets.

RAVIOLI
Pasta pillows stuffed with a variety of cheese, meat, seafood or vegetable fillings.  Ravioli (rah-vee-OH-lee) can be circular or square; specialty shapes like hearts and fish are also made. They are served with butter or olive oil, sauce or in soups. Read reviews of some of our favorite ravioli.

RAVIOLINI
Miniature raviolini. These can be served as a pasta dish, hors d’oeuvres or put into soup, like won tons.

  Pumpkin Ravioli
Pumpkin ravioli from AlfonsoGourmetPasta.com
RAVIOLONI
Large ravioli (rah-vee-oh-LOE-nee). They can be as large as three-inch circles and four inch squares or rectangles (you can see that the piece at the right is almost as long as the fork). One piece suffices a first course, or two pieces as a main dish. The best ones have interesting fillings, beyond the normal vague meat, cheese and vegetables. The ravioloni here, from Nuovo Pasta (a NIBBLE Top Pick Of The Week) is filled with spicy sausage, escarole and roasted garlic.
  Ravioloni
Photo by Ryan Clark. Read the full review of Nuovo Pasta.
RIBBON PASTA
As opposed to round pastas like spaghetti, ribbon pastas are flat strands. They are made in varying lengths, widths and thicknesses, from delicate linguini to the mid-width fettuccine and tagliatelle to the wide pappardelle to the widest, the two-inch-wide lasagne. Ribbon pasta can have straight or wavy edges. It can be purchased fresh and dried.  
  Spinach Pappardelle
Spinach pappardelle from AlfonsoGourmetPasta.com.

RICE STICKS
Thai noodle dishes, such as the famous Pad Thai, are made from rice sticks. These are vermicelli-shaped thin strands that are made from rice flour and water, instead of wheat flour. Because the noodles are stir-fried, not boiled, they must be soaked in warm water for an hour prior to cooking. They are also available in a wider form for other dishes.

RICCIA LARGA
Medium-width lasagne noodles with frilled edges. Pronounced REE-cha LAHR-ga.

RIGATONCINI
A somewhat skinnier, smaller version of rigatoni (ree-gah-tone-CHEE-nee). The size and density of these ridged tubes are best suited to thick, clingy sauces. This cut also works well with al forno-style preparations. Artisanal rigatoncini by Rustichella d’Abruzzo are available from SalumeriaItaliana.com.

RIGATONI
The most commonly used cut in southern and central Italy, rigatoni (rih-gah-TOE-nee) are large, ridged, slightly curved tubes of pasta with square-cut ends. The name comes from the Italian “rigato,” the past participle of “rigare,” to draw a line. They are excellent for chunky meat sauces and cheese sauces because the ridges, or grooves, catch the sauce. The large diameter of rigatoni tube, as well as the penne and mostaccioli tubes, make them ideal to catch pieces of meat or vegetables in the sauce—the entire surface, both inside and out, works to adhere the sauce.
  Rigatoni
Rigatoni. Photo courtesy of BarillaUS.com.

The difference between rigatoni and penne is that penne have angle-cut ends. See the photo of Rigatoni all’ Amatriciana at the top of this page. A famous preparation, it includes a sauce of plum tomatoes, crushed red pepper flakes, pancetta or bacon, and grated Romano cheese.

ROTINI
Originating in northern Italiy, rotini are “spirals” or “twists” shorter than fusilli, about 1-½ inches long, with a tighter spiral that helps retain the local pesto sauce better. They are popularly used in pasta salads as well.

RUOTE or WAGON WHEELS
Small, spoked, wheel-shaped pasta. Ruote (RO-tay with a uo dipthong) means wheels in Italian.

  Wagon Wheels
Ruote, or wagon wheels. Photo courtesy of BarillaUS.com.
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