14 masterful pasta recipes

One of the secrets of making good pasta is understanding what sauce to pick for each pasta shape. Here are some of our favorite matchups

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Annabelle Breakey


The sweet butterfly shape traps and holds chunky sauces—made with anything from bits of meat to caramelized onion to chopped vegetables. Farfalle (a.k.a. bow-tie pasta) does well with smoother sauces, too, as long as they’re bold; because the pasta is thick, it needs assertive flavor from the sauce.

Farfalle with Artichokes, Peppers, and Almonds

Ground almonds take the place of pasta's usual parmesan, making this a good vegan choice. Trim raw artichokes down to the very tender hearts and slice them quite thin, so they're crisp but not chewy.

Recipe: Farfalle with Artichokes, Peppers, and Almonds 





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