How do I roll or wrap up pasta into a log-like shape for presentation?

Example 1, Example 2, Example 3

Example 3

Do they use some kind of tool to wrap the pasta around?


The answer is in your third picture -- chopsticks.

Grab the bunch with the chopsticks, twirl it around, then slide the chopsticks out.

  • Thanks! I also realized that my second picture is from a blog post that also talks about how to twirl pasta: missyblurkit.com/2012/11/…
    – Legendre
    Oct 19 '14 at 17:17
  • I mostly see Gordon Ramsay do this with tongs, rather than chopsticks. You might find that easier.
    – Ming
    Oct 20 '14 at 1:29
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    @setek : on cooking shows, normally when I see them spin the pasta with tongs, they're making more of a nest (holding the tongs vertically while spinning), which doees give the pasta shape & height ... but not like what was pictured.
    – Joe
    Oct 20 '14 at 2:49
  • @Joe oh okay cool, I don't really know I haven't tried it, just a thought :)
    – Ming
    Oct 20 '14 at 2:50

you could use the chopsticks to twirl your spaghetti like in this video Twirl Spaghetti with chopsticks

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