Rigatoni, which comes from the word “rigato” meaning ridged, are short, wide tubes of pasta that have ridges on the outside, but are smooth on the inside. Rigatoni also work well in baked pasta dishes as they can hold on to cheese well. Typically, rigatoni are associated with southern Italian cuisine.
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Nowadays, most products sold as pasta are made from common wheat. However, similar noodles can be made from other grains, such as rice, barley or buckwheat.
Some types of pasta are refined during processing, stripping the wheat kernel of the bran and germ, removing many of the nutrients.
Sometimes refined pasta is enriched, meaning it has some nutrients, such as B vitamins and iron, added back in.