If you're going to stash some sauce in the pantry, then you'll need some pasta to go with it. Boxed pasta is inexpensive, has virtually no expiration date and can be mixed in with a variety of meals. If you don't have sauce, you can always make pasta with fresh garlic and butter as a nice side dish, or just toss it with some spices and grilled steak, shrimp or chicken. When it comes to picking pasta, it all comes down to which one you prefer. Noodles come in a wide variety of sizes, from thin angel hair to the extra wide and thick pappardelle, and tubular and "bow tie" pastas are popular with kids because of their fun shapes.