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Conchiglie rigate
Alternative namesShells or seashells
Place of originItaly
Main ingredientsDurum wheat flour, possibly natural colour (tomato or spinach extract, squid ink)

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.


In the 1930s, fascism celebrated the Italian colonial empire with new pasta shapes recalling the African lands: tripoline (Tripoli), bengasine (Bengasi), assabesi (Assab), and abissine (Abissinia). Afterwards, to erase references to fascist colonialism, abissine were renamed as conchiglie (shells).

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]


  1. ^ "What is the Greek word for shell?". WordHippo. Retrieved 15 September 2018.

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