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28 of the Best Pasta Bowls

As autumn approaches, pasta becomes a real comfort. These are the bowls you want to serve your supper in.

These days, what you serve your pasta in is almost as important as the pasta you put in your saucepan. Take a look at Instagram and Stories, especially our friends over at Pasta Evangelists,  and people are parading delicious looking pasta on equally stunning dishes. Not that we're driven by such trends, of course, but using attractive plates does make the eating experience all the more agreeable. 

Parading pasta


It's most definitely not a case of one size fits all and what better excuse is there to splash out on a variety of plates? The good news is that these bowls are versatile and can be used for chunky soups and stews or even salads. In addition, you can always mix in some plain white dishes if you need to boost numbers to use alongside patterned ones.

Ideal pasta bowls


Researching the subject, pasta bowls are on average 23 cm diameter and on the shallow side, all of which offer the best sauce/pasta ratio.  We have chosen both shallow and deeper bowls as for spaghetti or linguini, we prefer a deeper bowl, which cuts down on the sauce flying in all directions while you're tucking in. Sad but true.

Beauty over function


In the main, the bowls we have chosen are dishwasher proof and can be put in the microwave but sometimes beauty trumps function. If you have to forego the luxury of bunging the bowls in the dishwasher, then some of our choices are more than worth it. See the pretty radicchio bowls from Liberty. or Divertimenti's pumpkin bowl. We like Royal Doulton's set in four shades from John Lewis but why, oh why, is one of the shades lilac? Since when did food look good on a purple plate? 

Comfort food


A warming pasta dish is the perfect meal as the nights start to draw in and what better way to celebrate Italy's finest export than by serving it in a carefully chosen bowl?  Comfort food doesn't come much better than this. And by the way, just in case you thought we couldn't count, we kept on finding even lovelier dishes, hence there being thirty.

September 2020

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Denby Studio Blue Pasta Bowls set of 4, £64

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Mountain Brushwork Bowl, £44

The Conran Shop

Richard Brendon Dip Pasta Bowl in Cobalt & Cream, £29

Summerhill and Bishop

S&B "La Couronne" Ceramic Soup Bowl, £24

Quince and Cook

Mio Bowl, £16

Smallable

Serax Pasta Dish, £30

Liberty

Raddichio Shallow Round Bowl, £25

Daylesford

Abbe Green Pasta Bowl, £14

ZARA

Multicoloured Stoneware Bowl, £10

The White Company

Portobello Pasta Bowl, £12

Reiko Kaneko

Wave Bowls, £29

Trouva

Preta Pasta Bowl, £8

Heals

Midnight Blue Glaze Pasta Bowl, NOW £18

Emma Bridgewater

Vegetable Garden Tomatoes Medium Pasta Bowl, £23

Maisons du Monde

Ischia Earthenware Soup Plate with Blue Stroke, £16

Halen Mon

Hand-marbled Deep Enamel Plate, £18

Nordic House

Nordic Touch Pasta Bowl, £9

Ingifinds

Green Ceramic Salad Bowl, £35

Amara

Jars Maguelone Pasta Bowl, £20

John Lewis

Royal Doulton Pasta Bowl set of 4, £55

Le Creuset

Stoneware Pasta Bowl, £17

Trouva

Preta Pasta Bowl, £8

Divertimenti

Bordallo Pinheiro Pumpkin Pasta Bowl, £26

Toast

Wonki Ware White Wash Pasta Bowl, £29

Cornishware

Set of 4 Cornish Red Pasta Bowls, £72

John Lewis

Royal Doulton Pacific Splash Porcelain Pasta Bowl, £12

Habitiat

Olmo Dark Blue Speckled Pasta Bowl, £10

John Lewis

Rick Stein Coves of Cornwall St George's Cove Supper Bowl, £15

Habitat

Barnaby Off-white Speckled Pasta Bowl , £8

Midori

Coupe Pasta Bowl, £9.50

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