Macaroni is technically any pasta made without eggs. While generally thought of as just the elbow tube shape, macaroni can be any shape, including shells, twists, ribbons, ditalini (very short tubes), mostaccioli (large, 2-inch long tubes), rigatoni (short grooved tubes), and ziti (long, thin tubes).

Season: available year-round

Substitutions: 8 oz spaghetti, uncooked = 2 cups uncooked macaroni or 4 cups cooked; 4 cups fine egg noodles, uncooked

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