Some historians claim that it was the famous Italian explorer, Marco Polo, invented pasta after adapting the Chinese noodle recipe. Some historians disagree, but whatever your theory, we know that not long after Marco Polo was around, pasta became a staple dish of Italy and transformed their cuisine forever. Today, there are over 600 types of pasta, made by simply combining flour, egg and a bit of water. Each type of pasta has its own thickness, shape, and method of cooking, so naturally, the shape of the pasta is important when selecting the right sauce to match. Seashells catch the sauce inside and thick noodles like pappardelle increase surface area which grabs onto and holds the sauce.