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This fun, animated video follows the history of pasta from 5th century Sicily to the present day.
How It's Made - Pasta
How to Pronounce Pasta Types (with a REAL ITALIAN)
There is real rhyme and reason for pairing certain pasta shapes with certain sauces. Pasta is designed to carry the flavors and textures of the sauce to the mouth, so a thicker meatier sauce needs a pasta shape with "pockets" like farfalle and a thiner sauce like marinara is best with a spaghetti or bucatini.