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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[edit]

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[edit]


  1. ^ a b The Good Housekeeping Cookbook. p. 220.
  2. ^ a b 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. ^ a b 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.