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Conchiglie (pasta).jpg
Alternative names Shells or seashells
Type Pasta
Place of origin Italy
Main ingredients Durum wheat flour, possibly natural colour (tomato or spinach extract, squid ink)
Variations Conchigliette
Cookbook: Conchiglie  Media: Conchiglie

Conchiglie [koŋˈkiʎʎe], commonly known as "shells" or "seashells" is a type of pasta. It is usually sold in the plain durum wheat variety, and also in colored varieties which use natural pigments, such as tomato extract, squid ink or spinach extract. The shell shape of the pasta allows the sauce to adhere to it. A miniature variety called conchigliette is also available.


The name derives from the Italian word for seashell (conchiglia). The Italian word conchiglie, and the English word "conch", share the same Greek root in the form of κοχύλι (kochýli), which means "shell".[1]


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