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Ditalini [ditaˈliːni] (Italian: "small thimbles", also referred to as tubettini)[1] is a type of pasta that is shaped like small tubes.[2] The literal translation from the Italian language to English is "small thimbles". It has been described as "thimble-sized"[2] and as "very short macaroni".[1] In some areas it may also be called "salad macaroni." During the industrial age in Apulia, Italy, increased development of ditali and other short-cut pastas occurred.[3] In contemporary times, it is a mass-produced pasta. It is used in several dishes, and is commonly used throughout Sicily.

Use in dishes

Ditalini may be used in several pasta dishes, such as Pasta e fagioli[4] (pasta and beans). It is used in traditional Sicilian dishes "throughout Sicily".[5] Some Sicilian dishes with ditalini include pasta with ricotta cheese and pasta chi vruocculi 'rriminati, which is a pasta and broccoli dish.[5] It has been described as used often in soups,[6] and as an ideal pasta for use in soups due to their small size being able to "fit well on a spoon".[7] It may also be used in pasta salads.[8]

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 The Good Housekeeping Cookbook. p. 220. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Donatella Cooks. p. 102. 
  3. Pasta: The Story of a Universal Food. p. 165. 
  4. The Complete Idiot's Guide to High-Fiber Cooking. p. 195. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 Authentic Sicily. p. 136. 
  6. Bauer, Michael (February 7, 2010). "Why Tipsy Pig's macaroni and cheese is so good". SF Gate. Retrieved 16 September 2014. 
  7. The Italian Slow Cooker. p. 30. 
  8. "Ditalini Chopped Salad". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. August 15, 2012. Retrieved 16 September 2014.