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Four Pasta Dishes to Dazzle Your Next Dinner Party

Four Pasta Dishes to Dazzle Your Next Dinner Party

I think we can all agree that pasta is crowd favorite when it comes to delicious meals. Best of all, pasta dishes are easily adaptable, making them a great option for serving dinner guests with varying tastes or dietary preferences.  We’ve rounded up four unique pasta recipes that will be the talk of your next dinner party.

Baked Ziti

Looking for a hearty, warm pasta casserole? Baked pasta dishes are a stress-free option for your next party, allowing you to mix up ingredients and then place in the oven so you can spend time on other party preparations.  Baked ziti is a savory option to feed the hungriest of guests. This recipe features ground beef, penne pasta, tomato sauce, and is topped with mozzarella cheese.  This twist on typical pasta flavors is sure to welcome second helpings.

Crockpot Beef Stroganoff

Crockpot recipes are good candidates for pasta party dishes because there is minimal hands-on cooking time required.  If you’re looking for something different than the traditional pasta and tomato sauce, try this crockpot beef stroganoff dish. The beef provides ample protein, complimented by the vitamins and minerals in the mushrooms.  This recipe is perfect for the busy host, allowing you to “fix it and forget it” while going about your preparations for the party.

Baked Mac and Cheese

Is you’re searching for a pasta dish that all ages will enjoy, then baked macaroni and cheese is the answer.  Kids and adults will crave the gooey cheese coated macaroni noodles.  Another advantage of this recipe is that you can add-in vegetables for added nutrition, such as broccoli or kale.  Craving some savory flavor?  Add in cooked chicken or bacon.

Easy Greek Pasta Salad

Barbecues and potlucks are great excuses to throw a party or host a get-together.  Pasta salads are great contributions, requiring minimal preparation time and can be made on your own time, storing them in the refrigerator until it’s time to party.  This easy Greek pasta salad recipe is vegetarian friendly, featuring chopped nutrient-packed cucumbers, red peppers, and red onions.

Dinner parties are meant to be celebrated, not stressed over.  Consider incorporating one of these pasta dishes into your next bash to keep the preparation minimal and flavor lingering. Pierino Frozen Foods is here to provide pasta for all of your dinner party needs. Ordering is simple, just fill out our online form or call us at 866-GO-PASTA.
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Four Date Night Pasta Recipes

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Whether you’re a new or seasoned couple, date nights are an essential element to any successful relationship. Date nights not only help couples reconnect, but they also keep the spark in the relationship alive. Date nights don’t have to be expensive. Some of the best date nights can be as simple as cooking a nice, romantic dinner together. Pasta recipes are a great option when it comes to date night foods. There is nothing more romantic than sharing pasta with your loved one on a romantic night all to yourself. Here are four date night pasta recipes to try with your loved one.

One Pot Tuscan Kale & Sun-Dried Tomato Chicken Sausage Gnocchi

This pasta dish is not only delicious, but it’s also easy to make. This 30-minute pasta recipe will leave you and your loved one happy and full. Another bonus that this dish offers is that it only requires one pot. This means less clean up time and more time for after-dinner cuddles.

Stuffed Shells with Ground Beef, Spinach, and Mushrooms

Stuffing giant pasta shells full of delicious goodness is not only easy, but it’s also a fun bonding experience to enjoy with your loved one. Stuffed shells with ground beef, spinach, and mushrooms take less than an hour to prepare, making it one of the best pasta recipes to share and create with your significant other. These shells are packed full of nutritious and delicious flavors that will make this meal a date night staple.

Garlic Shrimp Tortellini Toss

Want to bring some seafood into your date night meals? This garlic shrimp tortellini toss is a delicious combination of seafood and pasta. This recipe is loaded with cheese tortellini, shrimp, and peas and is sure to become one of your date night favorites. Plus, it also only takes 20 minutes to make. This way you will have you and your loved one eating dinner and enjoying each other’s company in no time.

Shrimp, Bacon, and Kale Parmesan Pasta

Are you and your loved one bacon and cheese fanatics? Try out this shrimp, bacon, and kale Parmesan pasta recipe. This recipe calls for popcorn shrimp, bacon, onion, chopped kale on a bed of spaghetti topped with loads of Parmesan cheese. It’s the perfect cheesy date night concoction to share with your favorite person.
Pasta is the best dish to share with your loved one. It’s easy, quick, and often times fun to make. These four recipes are perfect additions to your date nights. Pierino Frozen Foods offers all the pasta needed to recreate these dishes. We have a fresh tasting, delicious pasta for any date night pasta dish. For your pasta needs, contact us at 866-GO-PASTA.
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Five Authentic Italian Dishes You Can Make at Home

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Italy is unrivaled when it comes to pasta dishes. Obviously, Italians are number one at whipping up a delicious combination of pasta, sauce, and meats. It would be fantastic if all of us could go to Italy to enjoy these classic dishes, but that’s not a reality for most. Luckily, you can easily bring Italy to your kitchen with these five authentic Italian dishes.


Carbonara is a classic Italian dish with egg yolk as the main ingredient. Traditional carbonara consists of guanciale (cured pork made from pig cheek) and Pecorino cheese, often mixed with Parmesan to create a delicious sauce. Some American carbonara recipes consist of cream and milk to create a creamier sauce. However, traditional carbonara never calls for any cream or milk additions. Traditional carbonara sauce ends up being creamy, smooth, and yellow. Lastly, serve this delicious dish over spaghetti, rigatoni, or penne pasta.


Most traditional Italian dishes involve Pecorino cheese and guanciale as classic Italian dish staples. Interestingly, the Italian pasta dish, Amatriciana, gets its name from the mountain village of Amatrice. Some say this is where the best guanciale can be found. This dish consists of rice and a flavorful tomato sauce, crunchy guanciale chunks, and mounds of Pecorino cheese. Consider pairing Amatriciana sauce with spaghetti or rigatoni pasta.

Italian Wedding Soup

This delicious soup is traditionally served at Italian weddings but is just as delicious for any occasion. Italian Wedding Soup consists of extra lean ground beef that is made into meatballs with thinly sliced spinach, orzo macaroni, and finely chopped carrot. In fact, top this meal off with a large helping of Parmesan cheese to give it more flavor.

Pasta Ai Fiori Di Zucca

Pasta Ai Fiori Di Zucca or Pasta with zucchini blossoms is a traditional Italian pasta dish. Most notably, it highlights all the classic Italian flavors that we love. This dish beautifully combines zucchini blossoms, garlic, saffron, and Parmesan cheese. Without delay, serve this meal with penne pasta.

Italian Sausage Soup with Tortellini

This Italian soup embodies all of the wonders of Italian cooking. To be sure, Italian sausage soup with tortellini is a delicious combination of Italian sausage, garlic, tomatoes, and red wines. This dish is sure to leave your mouth watering. Italian sausage soup is traditionally made with tortellini pasta and topped with Parmesan cheese.
Authentic Italian pasta dishes bring classic Italian flavors into your kitchen. Whether it’s a classic carbonara sauce or a traditional Italian Wedding Soup, Pierino Frozen Foods has the pasta that you need. In fact, we provide authentic Italian pasta to help bring authentic Italian dishes into your household. For your pasta needs, contact us at 866-GO-PASTA.
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4 Things You Never Knew About Pasta

4 Things You Never Knew About Pasta

You might think you know all there is know about pasta, but there’s more to the tasty noodles than meets the eye. With years of experience in making pasta, talking about pasta, and eating pasta, we’ve come across a few bits of information that most people never hear about this time-honored food.

  • Pasta does not originate from Italy. As an Italian-American company, we’re always shy about admitting this one, but it’s true! China was eating pasta long before Italy. In fact, historical records show that the Chinese were eating pasta as early as 5,000 B.C. According to myth, Marco Polo introduced Italy to pasta in the 1100s, but the Etruscans (a civilization pre-dating the Romans) were making and eating pasta by roughly 500 B.C. It wasn’t as easy it is now, either: the Etruscans would mash the grain with rocks before mixing it with water to create dough for the noodles.
  • But Italians do eat the most pasta. Though they can’t claim to have invented the dish, maybe they do deserve to call it an Italian food! Italians eat more pasta than anyone else around the world. The shocker here is who comes in second and third– Venezuela and Tunisia, respectively!
  • People didn’t eat pasta with tomato sauces until almost two thousand years later! Can you imagine life without spaghetti and meatballs? In fact, people had been eating pasta without tomato sauce for four times as long as they have been eating it with the classic sauce. Tomatoes are not native to Europe, and were only introduced in 1519 when Hernán Cortés, the Spanish conquistador, brought them back from Mexico. Before long, tomatoes and tomato sauces became staples of Italian cuisine.
  • Pasta grows on trees in Switzerland. Just kidding — there’s no such thing as a pasta tree (unfortunately). However, on April 1st, 1957, the BBC aired a fake documentary that had all of England believing that pasta actually grew on trees in Switzerland. We’re not making this up: read about it here.

Do you know any unusual facts or stories about pasta? Tell us about it in the comments section!

Are you looking for gourmet pasta at your restaurant or on your kitchen table? As a multi-generational Italian-American pasta company, we offer the best pasta around. From classic spaghetti to penne and rotini, we promise you won’t be disappointed. What are you waiting for? Call today!

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