Pasta shapes that resemble small animals found in the garden or in fields are not uncommon.
Funghini look like tiny mushrooms and are fun especially for children who associate them with the animal kingdom.
Funghini 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 packs.
Farfalline (little butterflies), originally from northern Italy, are rectangular with a scalloped edge, pinched together in the centre.
The tiny, whimsical shape means they appeal to children in particular who associate them with the animal kingdom.
Thanks to the notched edge and the tiny curved wings, Farfalline are a perfect shape for hearty soups with croutons or vegetables cut into julienne strips.
This pasta can be used in thick creamy or velvety soups.
Available in 500g pack.s