5 New Pasta Shapes to Add to Your Soup

updated May 1, 2019
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To me, soup is just a vehicle to get more pasta in my life. And shapes like elbows and orzo are really just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the best choice for your pot of soup. Here are five new boxes to seek out the next time you’re at the store.

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1. Rotelle

Resembling wagon wheels, you may remember this pasta from the good ol’ days of making dry pasta necklaces. It’s on the larger size for a soup pasta, but it’s a nice replacement for your usual choice in chicken noodle.

2. Achini di Pepe

Translating to “grains of pepper,” this tiny, round pasta resembles Israeli couscous. My favorite place for it is in Italian wedding soup, where it floats happily alongside the little meatballs.

3. Ditalini

The name of this pasta shape translates to “tiny thimbles.” The small tube-like pasta holds up well in chunky yet brothy soups like pasta e fagioli and minestrone.

4. Stelline

The sole reason stelline deserves a spot in your pot of soup is because it’s star-shaped — honestly and truly. Didn’t canned alphabet soup taste better as a kid than canned vegetable soup? It was the fun-shaped pasta! Some things don’t change.

5. Orecchiette

While orecchiette is more often tossed with sausage and greens, lately it’s become my favorite choice for soup. That’s because the “little ears” act like little cups, holding any bean, vegetable, or tomato goodness in packed soups.