Macaroni is dry pasta shaped like narrow tubes.
Pasta is a type of Italian food typically made from an unleavened dough of durum wheat flour mixed with water or eggs, and formed into sheets or various shapes, then cooked by boiling or baking.
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Made with durum wheat, macaroni is commonly cut in short lengths; curved macaroni may be referred to as elbow macaroni.
Durum wheat, also called pasta wheat or macaroni wheat, is a tetraploid species of wheat.
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Some home machines can make macaroni shapes, but like most pasta, macaroni is usually made commercially by large-scale extrusion.
The curved shape is created by different speeds of extrusion on opposite sides of the pasta tube as it comes out of the machine.
In North America, the word "macaroni" is often used synonymously with elbow-shaped macaroni, as it is the variety most often used in macaroni and cheese recipes.
Macaroni and cheese—also called mac and cheese or mac n cheese in US and Canadian English, macaroni cheese in the United Kingdom—is a dish of English origin, consisting of cooked macaroni pasta and a cheese sauce, most commonly cheddar.
Maccheroni may also refer to long pasta dishes such as maccheroni alla chitarra and frittata di maccheroni, which are prepared with long pasta like spaghetti.