Widely used in American-inspired pasta salads, medium shells, like elbows, are frequently used in macaroni and cheese. In Italian cooking, you’ll find these medium shells simmering with dairy-based sauces, tomato-based sauces and meat sauces.

Conchiglie Rigate, or medium shells as it is known here in the U.S., owes its name to its characteristic shell shape (conchiglia in Italian). The “rigate” part of the name refers to the ridges, as shells can also be made lisce or smooth.


Medium Shells