Looking for some pasta perfect recipes this summer? Our friends at the National Pasta Association (NPA) are here to help put your best foot forward with some background, tips for cooking the perfect pasta, and some delicious on-trend recipes.
The Word, According To Merriam
Pasta, according to Merriam, as in Webster, tells us that pasta is a food made from a mixture of flour, water, and sometimes eggs that is formed into different shapes (such as thin strips, tubes, or shells) and usually boiled.
Legend has it that Marco Polo introduced pasta to Italy, following his exploration of the Far East in the 13th century. It made its way to America thanks to the English who discovered in while touring Italy. The NPA says it’s definitely popular in America, where we eat more than 6 billion, with a “b,” pounds annually – not per person mind you…
The Word, According To The National Pasta Association
- Use small amounts of vegetable oils, margarine and cooking sprays in preparation.
- You can keep leftover pasta, that’s cooked, up to three days in the fridge.
- To lighten up your tomato-based sauces, try using vegetables instead of proteins.
- Be creative with those leftovers – for example, add pasta to your favorite soup!
How to have the best chance for perfect pasta every time:
- Boil 4 to 6 quarts of water for every pound of dry pasta. You can add a little salt to the water to reduce stickiness.
- Add dry pasta to the boiling water with a stir and let it return to boiling.
- Stir occasionally – not frequently.
- Follow the package directions for specific cooking times, as these will vary based on shape and size. If pasta is one part of an overall dish that requires additional cooking, undercook the pasta by a third of the time specified to avoid overdoing it.
- Follow the lead of professional chefs and taste it to determine when it’s done. Take it to the Italian, al dente, or “to the tooth,” meaning firm to the bite.
- Drain the pasta immediately for the best consistency – then follow the directions for the remainder of your recipe.
Pasta Perfect Recipes
To get your pasta game in shape, give these delicious on-trends recipes a try for your next gathering – or treat yourself! You can always refrigerate the leftovers to enjoy another day.
- Mason Jar Pasta Salad
- Orzo and Brussels Sprouts Slaw
- Grilled Cauliflower Pasta with Lemon-Tahini Dressing
- Greek Pasta Salad