You don’t want super-chunky sauces with thin noodles because the sauce will separate from the noodles when you eat. Instead, pair your thin noodles like angel hair and spaghetti with smooth sauces that will cling to the noodles when you eat them. Big noodles like rigatoni are well paired with chunkier sauces because there’s space inside to hold them, and the texture of the noodle catches sauce when you grab a forkful. If you’re a pasta fan, this may not be news to you. For the rest of us though, it’s a simple guide to better pasta dishes.
What do you think? Too much trouble to remember for a bowl of noodles, or easy-to-remember tricks for better pasta dinners? Share your thoughts — and favourite pasta sauces — in the comments below.
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