Pasta and sauce go together. That’s the way it’s always been, but that’s also a very broad description. There are hundreds of kinds of pasta and many different sauces to go along with them. And since each pasta is shaped differently and each sauce has a different consistency and flavor, you may not know that there are ways to maximize these combinations. That’s where our Shrewsbury catering experts come in. Here are the best ways to pair them together.

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Long Thin Noodles

Spaghetti and angel hair are what many people think of when it comes to Italian food and that’s because they pair well with things like tomato sauce or garlic & olive oil. The long, thin strands can be coated in thin sauces without being weighed down so they can be wound up on your fork.

Flat Noodles

Of course if you’re a fan of rich, hearty sauces like Alfredo or Marsala, then you will want to go with something like Fettuccine or Linguine. These wide noodles can handle the heft of rich sauces or the delicate nature of fish quite easily.

Short Tube Pasta

Items like penne, rigatoni, and ziti are extremely versatile because of their short stature and tube shape. It can stand up to heavy, hearty sauces, including ones with vegetables or meat, and even hold in the flavor with thinner sauces. They even go beyond the plate with the ability to be featured in salads, soups, and casseroles, which is why they show up quite often on the catering menu of our Shrewsbury restaurant.


While this term is often used interchangeably with pasta, it actually refers to small, tube pastas that are often found in soups and salads—hence the term macaroni salad. Of course they work with thick cheesy sauces as the ubiquitous term “mac n’ cheese” would indicate.

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Irregular Pasta

If you’re a fan of Farfalle (Bow-ties), Rotelle (Wagon Wheels), Fusilli, or Gemelli, then you like those fringe pastas. The ridges, curls, and cones give them a sturdy bite and can be great when paired with a Bolognese or creamy sauce with vegetables.

Contact Mangia Brick Oven Pizza to order catering today. You can give us a call at (732) 578-9000.