When it comes to pasta most of us have a box or two of 'pasta corta' knocking around somewhere at the back of the cupboard.
By pasta corta we mean penne, rigatoni, fuisili, farfalloni, farfalle, calamarata, garganelli..the list goes on! But most are instantly recognisable from their distinct shapes whether twists, bow ties, quills, rings or short tubes of pasta.
The good news is that these delicous pieces of pasta are perfect to make into an easy meal with creamy or tomato sauces or even into salad.
With this selection you won't have to settle for basic penne and tomato sauce. Instead you'll be able to beef up the flavours and enjoy a dish in its own right.
Here are the penne pasta and other short pasta recipes to have in your repertoire, from simple and spicy to a tasty lunchtime salad.