Long, Dried Pasta

For the simplest of pasta preparations – pasta with garlic and oil, pasta with tomato sauce, and pasta with pesto – I like to suggest a long, dried pasta like spaghetti, spaghettini, linguine, or bucatini.  All of these shapes are relatively easy to find in most grocery stores.

Look for 100 percent semolina; imported Italian pasta is more likely to give you the best quality.  Stay away from shiny, blotchy, cracked, broken pasta or pasta with white specks.