The best pasta for pesto: five unmissable pairings
Everybody has its favorite type of pasta, be it penne, spaghetti or whatever you'd eat in tons. Some people also declare kind of allegiance to certain pasta shapes, be they short or long or curly or bowtie-y. But let us say this: if you’re using one pasta shape exclusively, for all your sauces, you’re messing up. Indeed, not every pasta shape pairs perfectly with every sauce: the perfect pair will instead allow for every bite of pasta to include plenty of sauce as well as whatever ingredients—pieces of veggies, meat, nuts, anchovies, whatever—you chose to add to the dish. And, since Pesto cannot be finished and emulsified in the pan, choosing the best pasta for pesto is even more important.
Linguine or Trenette are another Ligurian shape of pasta. Linguine are a ribbon-like pasta, as long as spaghetti but elliptical in section. They are a good option for pesto cream sauce and are often served with potatoes and green beans boiled in the same water.
“Gnocchi” (pronounced N’YAW-kee) are a type of Italian dumplings made with only mashed potatoes and flour. Their light, airy texture and full potato flavor makes them a unique pasta - especially beloved by kids. Their simple taste makes them one of the best pasta shape for pesto: potatoes and pesto is definitely a classic, always appreciated pairing.
Farfalle or bow-tie are another good option for Pesto cream sauce since they grab onto the sauce so well. Plus, their lovely shape makes them a perfect choice for kids, especially if they are a bit fussy eaters. Farfalle are also the best options to make a fresh Pasta salad: all you have to do is to cook the pasta, add the pesto, make it cool down and then add a some cherry tomatoes and diced mozzarella: a recipe perfect for any occasion and especially summer gatherings, picnics or potlucks.
Forget about a common Lasagna bolognese and try something different this time: a creamy, cheesy, meatless lasagna with Pesto sauce! Unlike the other recipes, it will take a bit of time to prepare this dish, but they are a perfect make-ahead idea since you can store uncooked lasagna in the fridge for a couple of hours. Also, making Lasagna with Pesto cream sauce is way easier than you may expect since you only have to layer lasagna, pesto and béchamel: that's why it is one of our favorite choice when it comes to decide which is the best pasta for Pesto!