Pasta shapes that resemble small animals found in the garden or in fields are not uncommon.
Nastrini (tiny ribbons), originally from northern Italy, are rectangular with a scalloped edge, pinched together in the centre.
They look like little butterflies and are fun especially for children who associate them with the animal kingdom.
Nastrini are best used in broths, or in vegetable or bean soups.
This pasta is also excellent for preparing very delicate pasta dishes with light tomato and basil sauces.
Available in 500g pack.s
Some people claim that Pipe can be traced back to the times of Roman cooking while others maintain that this type of pasta originated more generically from the central-southern part of Italy.
Pipe Rigate are a delicious variation of the Lumaca (snail) shape pasta which, thanks to the double-ended opening and the distinctive ridges, are perfect for mixing up with and capturing less dense, more liquid sauces.
Pipe Rigate are especially good with ragù sauces made from pork or beef, sausages or mushrooms. This pasta is also perfect for summer dishes with light sauces made from fresh tomatoes and mozzarella, or oven-baked dishes.
Available in 500g and 3 Kg packs.