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Grab a Dictionary: Defining those Tricky Pasta Terms

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Grab a Dictionary: Defining those Tricky Pasta Terms

Nothing is more frustrating than trying to make a new pasta recipe and coming across a new term without knowing the meaning. Often times, authentic pasta dish recipes contain Italian terms in the directions or title referring to cooking techniques or ingredients. To give you a leg up in the kitchen, this article will define four popular pasta terms to help with your next recipe creation. Al dente: Pasta Cooked Firm Al dente is one of the many pasta terms most people have a difficult time understanding. We’ve all seen the classic pasta recipe that calls for cooking the...

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How to Make the Perfect Marinara Sauce

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How to Make the Perfect Marinara Sauce

Marinara sauce is one of the hallmarks of Italian cuisine. It’s also the most common sauce to top pasta. Do you want to know what makes a marinara sauce even better? It is incredibly easy to make yourself. When making the perfect marinara, you want to highlight all the ingredients. Follow our steps as we walk you through the process of creating your own delicious sauce in no time. What Exactly is Marinara Sauce Marinara sauce is a tomato-based red sauce with various spices. Historians believe the sauce originated in Italy when the “mariners” returned home with a new fruit...

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Dinner Party Planning: Pasta Recipes that are Great for a Group

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Dinner Party Planning: Pasta Recipes that are Great for a Group

Dinner parties are a blast, put planning what pasta to prepare for a large group can be a daunting task. When preparing food for guests, it is important to find food easy enough to cook quickly, but tasty enough to please your guests. If you are considering throwing a pasta dinner party, we’ve compiled four different options to keep your guests satisfied and your nerves calm. Easy Baked Ziti Baked ziti is an easy go-to when planning a meal for a large group that guarantees no one will go hungry. Traditionally, this dish incorporates hearty tomatoes, sausage or ground...

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Say Cheese: Four Twists on Traditional Macaroni and Cheese Everyone Will Love

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Say Cheese: Four Twists on Traditional Macaroni and Cheese Everyone Will Love

Macaroni and cheese is one of the most beloved pasta dishes known to man. However, if the idea of just cheese and pasta together bores you, then spicing up this old classic is inevitable. Not sure on how to mix it up? We’ve rounded up four unique recipes to solve your next dinner crisis. Bacon Gouda Macaroni and Cheese One of the quickest ways to liven up this classic recipe is to utilize different cheeses. Gouda is the perfect mix of sharp and sweet, acting as the perfect complement to the traditional cheddar. This Bacon Gouda Macaroni and Cheese recipe from...

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How to Make Your Pasta Dish a Nutritious Choice

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How to Make Your Pasta Dish a Nutritious Choice

Nutrition may seem like a confusing topic, but one thing is for sure: pasta has the potential to create a healthy meal. Pasta is an excellent source of carbohydrates and calories to provide energy for the hungriest of eaters. This article will highlight a few tips to help you increase the nutritional value of your next pasta dish. Choose Whole Grain When choosing a type of pasta, whole grain or whole wheat pasta options are the most nutritious. Whole wheat pasta has a hearty texture and dark color because of the amount of fiber it contains. Fiber is an...

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