Pasta Encyclopedia: Rotini (roh-tee-nee)

Rotini, which translates to “little wheels” or “twists” is a widely popular shape that is often confused with the similar fusilli. Don’t confuse it with rotelle, the little wheels that in America are often called “wagon wheel” pasta. Rotini hails from Northern Italy, with twists and spirals that allow it to embrace both refined and simple sauces. Rotini is perfect paired with light tomato sauces (with or without finely diced vegetables), dairy-based sauces, or oil-based sauces, and especially pesto. It’s available in almost every variety Barilla makes, from classic blue box to organic, Protein+™, whole grain, gluten-free, and even the new legume pastas.

Here is a collection of some of our favorite rotini recipes, from a spinach pesto rotini, to a whole grain rotini with blue cheese and sorrel oil, and even a pasta salad featuring the new red lentil rotini with a smoked paprika vinaigrette. Buon appetito!