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28 of the Best Pasta Bowls

Pasta is a real comfort any time of the year, whatever the season and 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.

Updated September 2023
Soho Home

Soho Home

Valetta Pasta Bowl, Set of Four, £65, now £35

John Lewis

John Lewis

Denby Studio Blue Pasta Bowls set of 4, £78

The Conran Shop

The Conran Shop

Cobalt Pasta Bowl, £50

Summerhill and Bishop

Summerhill and Bishop

S&B Classic Stripe Pasta Bowl in Yellow and White, £75

Quince and Cook

Quince and Cook

Blueberry Pasta Bowl, £25

Smallable

Smallable

Serax Pasta Dish, £32

Liberty

Liberty

Raddichio Shallow Round Bowl, now £21

ZARA

ZARA

Porcelain Pasta Plate with Antique Finish Rim, £12.99

Daylesford

Daylesford

Solstice Pasta Bowl, Pink Orange, £28

West Elm

West Elm

Set of Four Kaloh Stoneware Pasta Bowls. £72

Trouva

Trouva

Set of 2 Blue and Brown Ceramic 70s Lagune Pasta Bowls. £30

The White Company

The White Company

Portobello Pasta Bowl, £14

Heals

Heals

Jeans Pasta Bowl, £18

Emma Bridgewater

Emma Bridgewater

Vegetable Garden Tomatoes Medium Pasta Bowl, £27

Marks & Spencer

Marks & Spencer

M&S x Fired Earth Stoneware Pasta Bowl, £10

Bornn

Bornn

Marble bowl, cobalt, €17.90

Nordic House Outlet

Nordic House Outlet

Blossom Pink Pasta Bowl, £12

Ingifinds

Ingifinds

Green Ceramic Salad Bowl, £35

Le Creuset

Le Creuset

Stoneware Pasta Bowl, £22

The Little Pot Company

The Little Pot Company

Pasta Bowl, £27.50 each

John Lewis

John Lewis

Sophie Conran for Portmeirion Pasta Bowl, £18

Trouva

Trouva

Mountains Pasta Bowl, £30

Divertimenti

Divertimenti

Bordallo Pinheiro Pumpkin Pasta Bowl, £39

Toast

Toast

Wonki Ware White Wash Pasta Bowl, £33

Cornishware

Cornishware

Set of 4 Cornish Red Pasta Bowls, £76

John Lewis

John Lewis

Royal Doulton Pacific Splash Porcelain Pasta Bowl, £20

Habitiat

Habitiat

Addison 4 Piece Stoneware Pasta Bowls, £22

IKEA

IKEA

Strimmig Deep Plate, Stoneware Blue, £15 for 4

John Lewis

John Lewis

Rick Stein Coves of Cornwall St George's Cove Supper Bowl, £17

Habitat

Habitat

Habitat Evora 4 Piece Stoneware Pasta Bowls, £24

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