Twists and spirals allow this ingeniously designed pasta to embrace both refined and simple sauces. Veggies, meat, seafood and fragrant spices all love to glide in the grooves of these shapes. Ideal in traditional Italian dishes with light tomato sauces (with or without vegetables), dairy-based sauces and oil-based sauces. A classic choice for American pasta salads.

Gemelli derives its name from the Italian word for twins, a reference to the spiral shape that resembles two strands entwined around each other. However, it’s actually made from a single strand twisted into that spiral shape. These small pasta twists appear all over Italy, with tomato mozzarella and basil in the south, and pesto and green beans in the northwest.