Tiny Pasta

Super small pasta like ditalini, acini de pepe and orzo are great for making risotto-style dishes or adding to soups. It’s pretty common to cook orzo like risotto, but the same preparation works great for ditalini, tiny tubular-shaped pasta. This creamy seafood dish uses littleneck clams, mussels, garlic and saffron to create a beautiful, fragrant meal, and if you can’t find ditalini, you can use any other small pasta. Fregola is another type of tiny pasta that comes from Sardinia, and tastes like a cross between pasta and couscous. We love to toss it in a simple salad with blood oranges, arugula and a simple shallot vinaigrette. Get even more tiny pasta recipes from F&W’s guide.

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Tiny Pasta Recipes

Super small pasta like ditalini, acini de pepe and orzo are great for making risotto-style dishes or adding to soups. It’s pretty common to cook orzo like risotto, but the same preparation works great for ditalini, tiny tubular-shaped pasta. Fregola is another type of tiny pasta that comes from Sardinia, and tastes like a cross between pasta and couscous. Here, our best recipes using tiny pasta including macaroni, ditalini and orzo.

Fregola

The bead-shaped pasta fregola gives a nice and chewy base to many dishes. Here, a selection of great fregola recipes, from fregola with charred onions and roasted cherry tomatoes to an easy fregola tabbouleh.

Couscous Salad Recipes

A North African specialty, couscous is a great addition to any salad. Here, we highlight a chicken couscous dish, a Tunisian couscous salad with grilled sausages and more.

Rajas Con Crema Macaroni and Cheese

This quick stovetop mac and cheese is based on rajas con crema, a classic Mexican dish of roasted green chiles sautéed with onion and finished with cream. Canned green chiles make a fine shortcut in this case. Slideshow: More Macaroni and Cheese Recipes 

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Orzo with Caramelized Onions and Raisins

Danny Seo, an eco-lifestyle expert, makes this simple orzo salad with ingredients he always has in his kitchen. It’s a great fast lunch or weeknight meal. Slideshow:  Orzo Recipes 

Sesame-Paprika Fregola

Fregola (toasted Sardinian pasta) has an appealing texture in this tasty dish, where it's combined with smoky paprika, sesame seeds, coriander and salty feta cheese. Slideshow:  Fast Pasta Recipes 

Creamy Pasta with Tomato Confit and Fresh Goat Cheese

Terrance Brennan cooks this pasta risotto-style by stirring in rich chicken stock a ladleful at a time. As the pasta releases its starch, the dish becomes delicately milky. Instead of finishing the dish with a knob of butter, he folds in fresh goat cheese, which turns creamy in the gentle heat. Brennan uses a small, tube-shaped pasta called ditalini, but any small cut works. Slideshow:  One-Dish Pasta Recipes