Lumache pasta is a shell pasta whose name literally means “snails.” It is a curved pasta that is almost completely round with two large openings at the ends, resembling a snail shell. It often has ridges (lumache rigate) which make it look even more like its natural inspiration.
What is lumaconi pasta?
Lumaconi is the larger version of lumache pasta. These large pasta shells are ideal for making baked pasta dishes. Use lumaconi for your next stuffed pasta shells recipe to hold your favorite filling, like Italian sausage, ricotta cheese, or veggies. A tiny version of the pasta called lumachine is also available, and ideal for using in Italian soup recipes!
How do I eat lumache pasta?
Like lumaconi, the smaller lumache can also be used for baked pasta dishes. Because lumache shell pasta isn’t as large as lumaconi, they can also be used in various other Italian pasta recipes with vodka sauce, tomato basil sauce, and other dressings. Try using lumache pasta in your next mac and cheese recipe!