Our Favorite Pastas

From macaroni to bucatini, and beyond, these brands put a premium on quality.

penne pasta
A good box of pasta is the base for an easy and delicious meal.chuttersnap on Unsplash

As Italian film director Federico Fellini once said, “Life is a combination of magic and pasta.” There is certainly an unspoken magic to making pasta from scratch—feeling the flour, water, and egg come together in between your fingers, rolling the dough out, cutting it by hand, biting into the toothsome reward of a hard day’s work. But there’s also magic in a satisfying dinner that only takes seven to nine minute to pull together. All of the following brands deliver high-quality, dried pasta. And for those Saturdays when you’ve got nothing but time on your hands, we’ve also included the most popular machine for making your own!

Semolina Bucatini

De Cecco Semolina Pasta, Bucatini No.15, 1 Pound
Thick, meaty bucatini is best for saucy ragus, thanks to its tubular shape.Amazon

A long-time favorite of American and Italian chefs alike, De Cecco makes a superior boxed pasta due to its painstaking production process. This includes a bronze die that extrudes the dough so that it has a rougher surface—more akin to handmade pasta—which causes the sauce to cling tighter. The beloved bucatini shape, with that single tunnel running throughout the entire length of the noodle, gives sauce an additional place to go, so be sure to make extra!

Elbow Macaroni

Barilla Pasta, Elbows, 16 Ounce
The short, familiar shape of macaroni is a reliable standby for your pantry.Barilla

Barilla—that iconic, navy-blue box—makes a quality pasta, as well, with the added benefit of the brand’s immense ubiquity and versatility. You can find just about any shape under this label: spaghetti, penne, farfalle, you name it. Today, we’re celebrating elbow macaroni; its stubby build is ideal for throwing into quick-cooking tomato and bean soups, or for using in a bubbly mac and cheese.

Egg Fettuccine

Al Dente Carba-Nada Egg Fettuccine, 10-Ounce Bags
Al Dente’s fettuccine is a fancier, hand-crafted option if you’re going the premade pasta route.Amazon

For a nicer alternative to factory-made pasta, this popular brand of hand-crafted fettuccine is all-natural, kosher, and made mostly with eggs and semolina flour. Soggy pasta haters will be glad to know: These noodles stay chewy even after their quick three-minute boil in salted water.