5 Must Try Pasta Recipes
Did you know that October is National Pasta Month? A WHOLE month dedicated to one of my most favorite foods on the planet? I can so get behind that and since you’re here I’m pretty sure you can too. With over 600 types of pastas (I’m on a mission to make my way through each and every one) pasta is the perfect foundation for creating endless easy to prepare delicious meals that fit not only your lifestyle but your pocket book too. Talk about win win. I’m sharing 5 of my must try pasta recipes with you today plus a special invitation to party. You know I like a good party right?
To celebrate National Pasta Month, I’m hosting am #ilovepasta TWITTER party, tomorrow, THURSDAY OCT 18th from 12 – 1 p.m. EST for PASTA FITS! We’ll be talking about all things PASTA. We’ll be sharing recipes, swapping cooking tips, stories and more. It might be a good idea to go ahead and eat a bowl of pasta ahead of time so you’re not drooling on your keyboard. Just a thought. Joining me are my fabulously talented friends: Susan from doughmesstic and Angie of Eclectic Recipes . Sarah, Eat Better RD will also be on hand to answer any health and nutritional questions you might have.
As if that wasn’t reason enough to attend, there will also be 5 awesome PRIZES up for grabs!
- 1 – $100 Amex gift card and pasta prize pack.
- 1 – $50 Amex gift card and pasta.
- 1 – $25 Amex gift card and pasta.
- 2 – Pasta and The Carb Lovers Diet Pocket Guide.
Legal Schmegal: 5 random winners will be chosen and the conclusion of the Twitter party by Pasta Fits and will be notified. Odds of winning depend on number of participants. Winners must be 18 years of age or older and must have a valid US address.
PASTA COOKING TIPS:
- Save time – double your favorite recipes, and freeze the extra servings for later use. This works especially well with sauces and baked pasta dishes like lasagna.
- Make mealtime more enjoyable by serving different, fun shapes – stars, letters, wheels and bow-ties.
- For a nutrient-packed meal, pasta can be a great delivery system for veggies – top it with chopped or mixed vegetables and a favorite bottled sauce.
- Pairing pasta with legumes, such as beans and lentils, or low-fat dairy products makes for protein-rich, but inexpensive and delicious meatless meals.
- Instead of meat, try adding vegetables to a light tomato sauce for a plenty of flavor and crunch.
- Keep leftover cooked pasta in the refrigerator for up to three days. When it’s time to reheat, simply put it in a colander and then place it directly into boiling water for one minute.
PASTA FUN FACTS:
- There are more than 600 pasta shapes produced worldwide.
- The most popular pasta shapes in the U.S. are Spaghetti, thin spaghetti, Elbows, Rotelle, Penne, Lasagna.
- Cooked al dente (al-DEN-tay) literally means “to the tooth,” which is how to test pasta to see if it is properly cooked. The pasta should be a bit firm, offering some resistance to the tooth, but tender.
- The average person in Italy eats more than 51 pounds of pasta every year. The average person in North America eats about 15-1/2 pounds of pasta per year.
Hope to see you at the #ilovepasta TWITTER party! Follow me at @bellalimento (if you aren’t already of course and I’m sure you already are right?)
Disclaimer: Pasta Fits is sponsoring the Twitter Party and are providing the prizes and shipping listed above to the randomly selected winners. I was compensated for my time. Opinions are my own. Always have been. Always will be. Period.