Pasta Recipes

Pasta Recipes include old fashioned Italian pastas, Macaroni and Cheese and Macaroni Tuna Salad.

They are popular now in the news often because they are a good carbohydrate made with hard grain durum wheat.

Other enriched nutrients pasta contains are  protein, iron, vitamins, thiamine B-1, riboflavin B-2, niacin, and folate.

The addition of sauces such as tomatoes, rich with the antioxidant Lycopene, considered by many experts to reduce the risk of certain cancers, add more excellent nutrition.

Some pasta recipes can be served alone, with minimal seasonings, or mixed with a variety of good healthy vegetables, cheeses, or meats.

They are quick to prepare, often within 30 minutes from start to finish.

Cold Pasta Salad Recipe Easy

Delicious, simple cold salad with Homemade Dressing.

Have ready instantly for unexpected guest.

Homemade Noodles Recipe

Recipe to make noodles for Fettuccine Alfredo.

Can also make into other types of pasta.

Italian Lasagna Recipe
Has that restaurant quality and taste!

Rich and creamy.

Made with three cheeses.

Macaroni Tuna Salad Recipe
Hearty enough for a main dish. Serve hot as an entree or cold as a salad.

Old Fashioned Macaroni And Cheese
Macaroni and Cheese topped with a buttery Ritz Cracker crumbs.

Includes a second recipe with a creamy Cheddar Cheese And Buttermilk Sauce.

Children are fond of this one.

Spaghetti Pasta Recipes
Two delicious homemade recipes that tastes like restaurant made.

Served with a special topping.

Check out the recommended salad dressing for a very special, quick and easy dinner!

Stuffed Manicotti
Made easy with three cheeses, tomato sauce and Italian spices.

Bake in the oven.

How To Cook Pasta Recipes

Use large pots with lots of room for water pasta to boil vigorously.

I call it a hard boil.

For each 8 ozs. of dried uncooked pasta use 3  quarts of boiling water and 1 teaspoon salt.

Add 2 teaspoons olive oil per 8 oz. of pasta to help the pasta from sticking together when you first added it to your pot. (optional).

Add the dry pasta to the boiling water, a little at a time.

To prevent long pastas like spaghetti that you want to remain unbroken, hold a bunch of it together in one hand and gradually slide the pieces into the water, making a spiral shape as it softens, while stirring.  

That also helps to keep the temperature from dropping and aids in keeping the pieces from clumping together.

Do not cover pot.

Most all pasta instructions on how to cook pasta say to cook it until it is al dente.

When it reaches that stage, it is cooked soft with a small core that is firm.

Some folks prefer that core to be cooked completely making the pasta softer.

Test your pasta for your preferred stage of done by taste-testing before the cooking time is up.

If you think it needs more cooking, keep testing every minute or two.

Pasta will continue to cook after removing it from the stove if it is not cooled immediately.

To do that you will need to either drain the pasta and rinse it in cool water or drain it and set the pot in a larger pot of cold water.

Be careful not to over-cook your pasta, especially if you plan to cook it more by adding it to another dish, like a casserole for additional cooking.

Your recipe for your other dish should supply instructions at what stage cooking or not cooking before adding it.

TIP: Pasta Recipes that are going to have a separate sauce like spaghetti mixed into it after cooking should not be rinsed.

Rinsing washes the starch out of pasta.

Starch helps sauce adhere to it your pasta.   

It is best to rinse the starch if pasta will be added to salads, especially if you are going to add a salad  dressing.

TIP: Serving freshly grated Parmesan and Romano Cheese over your pasta at the  table will give you a better, fresh Italian taste!

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