Anelli, Italian for “little rings”, are small, thin, rings of pasta. This dry, ring-shaped pasta is used in soups, salads, and oven-baked pasta dishes. Americans will often find anelli in canned soups and mixed dishes, particularly popular with children. A popular pasta bake in Italy, called timballo, originates in Sicily and contains anelli alongside meat and cheese. Anelli is a fun addition or substitute for recipes that call for alphabet pasta, pastina, or stellini (little stars). An even smaller version of anelli, called anellini, is about one-fourth of the size of anelli and can be used in similar dishes.
Did you know?Anelli lovers can celebrate December 11th, which is National Noodle Ring Day.
It pairs well with soups and pasta salads.