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Select & Cook Pasta

 

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Pasta is generally made from grains. There are all types these days from brown rice to durum wheat. Durum wheat is considered the best and comes from Italy. Pasta is almost always served as a separate course in Italy, not as a side dish like we see in many eateries in the United States. Regions of Italy may call the same pasta by different names.

Pasta can be classified into two categories. Fresh, which uses eggs and is quicker to cook, and dry pasta, which doesn’t have eggs.

Pasta is easy to make. You need 2-6 quarts per pound of pasta. The reason why pasta often sticks is because most people don’t add enough water. Remember to add salt.

Bring your water to a boil; add pasta, stir, and return the cover to pot. Follow the directions of the package until done. Do not rinse your cooked pasta with cold water. You don’t want to wash off the starch. The starch will act as a glue to your sauce. Another mistake Americans often make is they over-sauce their plate. Don’t drown your pasta in sauce, that’s not right. Since pasta is all about the sauces, below is a simple chart to stir you in the right direction.

            The Shape                                           Names of Pasta                                      Sauces

STRAND PASTALong and thin Angel hair, thin spaghetti, vermicelli, capellini Great with oil-based sauces and light thin broths.
STRAND PASTALong and wide (get your mind out of the gutter) Fettuccine, spaghetti, linguine, pappardelle,  lasagna, tagliatelle Heavier sauces, cream sauces, alfredo and light tomato sauces.
SHAPED PASTAShort and girth like. Ziti, penne, fusilli, farefalla,shells (manicotti) , rigatoni, macaroni Chunky sauces, meat sauces casseroles, primaveras, cheese sauces, pasta salads,
SHAPED PASTATiny Orzo, small shells, ditali. Soups, stews, salads,

 

 

 

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Capellini (Angel Hair) Summer Carbonara

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Pasta in the summer doesn’t have to be heavy! It can be simple and tasty!

Ingredients:

  • 500 G Capellini pasta
  • Bacon
  • 3 eggs beaten
  • Procsuitto
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Zucchini
  • Red Bell Pepper
  • Mushroom
  • Parsley
  • Parmesan cheese

 Instructions:

1.  Sauté proscuitto and reserve.

2. Sauté all veggies separately.

3. Cook pasta.

4. Beat eggs. Combine with cooked pasta and cheese.

5. Add all other ingredients and season to taste.

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