Thursday, February 22, 2018

Pasta Favorites

by Karen Rose Smith

What’s your favorite type of pasta? 

While growing up, my mom and grandma introduced me to pasta making—spaghetti, lasagna and ravioli. I tried it once but then decided that buying pasta suited our lifestyle better.  Pasta has always been a comfort food for me.  It reminds me of ravioli-making in my mom’s kitchen, as well as friends and neighbors around the dining room table enjoying a pasta meal together. 

I usually make meat dishes with pasta.  A dietitian told me protein with carbs is the best way to eat because it’s helpful in preventing sugar spikes.  She also surprised me with the news that leftover pasta warmed up has less carbs. 

There are many varieties of pasta these days that not only differ in size and shape but in the ingredients used to make the noodles.  From egg noodles developed only with egg whites to vegetable penne in many colors and lasagna that can be used straight from the box in a crock pot or oven without boiling it, a cook can find a colorful pasta or one to suit dietary needs on the grocery shelf.  

Also in specialty shops, I can find unusual pastas.  I have a friend who often gives me a unique pasta for Christmas.  I’ve received cat face shaped pasta, colorful fettuccini and this year rainbow-like farfalle pasta. 

Last evening I prepared a beef/onion soup with the farfalle pasta.  It made a tasty, even pretty dish that I would serve guests.  

Does your family enjoy pasta?

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