Because there are different varieties of tubular pasta, they have different names, including penne, rigatoni, cannelloni, manicotti and macaroni. Tubular pasta can come in varying lengths and sizes. For example, perciatelli are long pasta tubes, while manicotti are wide.
Macaroni is a small tubular pasta that is useful for making dishes that require thick sauces. Elbow macaroni are used for dishes such as macaroni and cheese. The wider and longer types of tubular pasta are more suitable for stuffed pasta dishes with meat or cheese fillings.
Besides tubular pasta, there are many other shapes for this popular food. Some other shapes or types of pasta include fusilli, bucatini, cavatelli, linguine and farfalle.