Why they're good: Given their versatility, farfalle are a useful pantry staple. Plus, the shape of farfalle makes them easy to eat, so they're good for kids.
Savings tip: Whatever shape you choose, opt for dried pasta versus fresh: Dried can cost less than half the price of fresh. Also, fresh pasta keeps for only about seven days in the refrigerator or two months in the freezer before its quality starts to diminish, whereas dried pasta stays good for up to three years in the pantry. Be sure to stock up when you see your favorite kinds on sale.
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