[ mak-uh-ROH-nee ] Legend has it that upon being served a dish of this
food, an early Italian sovereign exclaimed "Ma caroni!" meaning "how very
dear." This semolina-and-water PASTA does not traditionally contain eggs.
Most macaronis are tube-shape, but there are other forms including shells,
twists and ribbons. Among the best-known tube shapes are: elbow (a short,
curved tube); ditalini (tiny, very short tubes); mostaccioli (large,
2-inch-long tubes cut on the diagonal, with a ridged or plain surface);
penne (large, straight tubes cut on the diagonal); rigatoni (short, grooved
tubes); and ziti (long, thin tubes). Most macaronis almost double in size
during cooking. The Italian spelling of the word is maccheroni.