There are hundreds of pasta shapes made in the world -- take a look at all of these beauties -- but penne reigns supreme. Sure, bow ties are popular and macaroni too, but one look at Google search trends shows that penne is at the top of the heap. (Spaghetti, fettuccine and pappardelle are not included here; short pastas are the topic of discussion today.)
Penne is a solid choice, but there are some really beautiful pasta shapes to be enjoyed -- and you might be missing out. Some of them hold sauce better, some are easier to fork, and some are just a lot more fun to eat. Check out the 15 recipes below and step out of your penne rut.