Besides the fun shapes, we actually really like the texture of pasta like this. Because all the little corners and joints take a bit longer to cook, the outside parts get really soft. Every bite is a little squishy and a little chewy! We know this breaks about every rule in the Italian cookbook, but we love it.
We keep an eye out for funny-shaped pasta when we're on vacation. Packages like the elk pasta in the picture above are one of the few tourist schticks (or Ikea schitcks!) we actually enjoy. Other than that, we have to admit that some of the best pasta shapes come in that infamous blue box with the powdered cheese mix. We always keep an eye out for the fun ones. (Toss the cheese packet though - it's so easy to make our own!)
Do you love these silly pasta shapes, too? What are your favorites?