Pasta: it’s one of the go-to items for almost every meal in my household!

Some days, it’s an easy meal of boxed mac ‘n cheese. (Did anyone else’s kids go through a phase where that’s all they’d eat?!) Other nights, though, we go all out with lasagna or something even more complicated. No matter what your taste buds prefer, there’s a dish for you.

Some experts estimate there are more than 350 different types of pasta. Food52 has a list of the top 30 types on their website. While it includes a lot of traditional favorites, the list also includes some noodles I’ve never heard of!

  • Angel Hair
  • Bucatini
  • Calamarata
  • Farfalle
  • Garganelli
  • Linquine
  • Orecchiette
  • Penne
  • Rigatoni

What’s your favorite type of pasta? Let me know in the comments, I’d love to hear about some new pasta dishes to try!

How Much Pasta Do Panel Members Purchase?

According to our data, panel members have scanned more than 4,300 different types of pasta products! That’s lots-a pasta! Panel members buy the most during these months:

  • January
  • October
  • November
  • March
  • December

Pasta definitely seems to be favored by panelists in the northeastern states! Check out the top five states on average for purchases:

  • New Jersey
  • Connecticut
  • Rhode Island
  • Vermont
  • New York

Generational Differences in Pasta Purchases

Another interesting fact I found when reviewing our data on pasta is that younger generations panel members tend to buy more of it.

Panel members who are part of Generations X, Y, and Z (born in 1965 or later) buy more units on average per household compared to those who are part of the Greatest Generation or Baby Boomers (born in 1964 or earlier).

One data point that surprised me: pasta is purchased in the same trip as marinara/spaghetti sauce/meat sauce only 18% of the time! I expected this would be higher, as it seems like when I buy one I’m also buying the other.

Another data point that was NOT surprising, however, is that panel members with children purchased more pasta than those without children.

Pasta-tively Amazing Panelist Tips

Whether you choose spaghetti or shells, ravioli or rigatoni, don’t forget to scan your purchases! Report all the ingredients you buy for your pasta dinner, including meats, spices, sauce and more.

If you’re not currently a Panel Member, we’d love to have you join! Sign up here to share your shopping opinions, earn points and enjoy great rewards. You’ll also be able to play our fun, interactive games like Treasure Trove and Halloween Haunt, plus you can earn points by taking surveys. Panel Members can redeem points for gift cards and other items.

Finally, you know I love jokes, so here’s my favorite pasta joke for you: Where did the spaghetti go to dance? The meat ball! You can thank my kids for the silly jokes.

Pasta la vista,

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