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Pasta-Pairing Charts

This Infographic Matches Various Noodle Styles to Different Sauces

— October 7, 2015 — Marketing
There are dozens of different noodle styles available for foodies to cook with, but finding a pasta that is best match to your sauce is how you truly make a phenomenal pasta dish. The '13 Pasta Shapes + Sauce Pairings' infographic by lifestyle blog She Knows helps to dispel some of the mystery by listing which noodles go best with which sauce.

There are dozens of pasta noodles out there and each is designed to pick up different types of sauces to create a no-fuss and easy to eat meal. The infographic features a chalkboard style design with hand-drawn graphics of various noodle types, the names, how long they need to cook for and what sauce is best suited to the noodle's shell texture. For example, penne rigati is a hollow cylinder noodle that is best suited for "simple, smooth tomato sauce" since the grooves on the shell and the hollow middle sucks up the sauce.
Trend Themes
1. Specialized Pasta Varieties - Opportunity for innovative pasta makers to create unique noodle styles designed specifically for certain sauces.
2. Sauce-pairing Education - Potential for online platforms or culinary schools to offer courses or infographics on matching pasta shapes to different sauces.
3. Personalized Pasta Guides - Room for the development of mobile apps that suggest ideal pasta shapes and sauces based on individual preferences and dietary restrictions.
Industry Implications
1. Pasta Manufacturing - Innovation opportunity for pasta manufacturers to produce specialized pasta shapes optimized for specific sauce pairings.
2. Culinary Education - Disruptive innovation possibilities in the culinary education industry by providing specialized courses or resources on pasta and sauce pairing.
3. Mobile App Development - Potential disruption in the mobile app industry by creating personalized pasta guides that suggest ideal pasta and sauce combinations.
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