Pasta is an Italian food made from a dough using flour, water and/or eggs.

There are approximately 350 different shapes of pasta. A few examples include spaghetti (solid cylinders), macaroni (tubes or hollow cylinders), fusilli (swirls), lasagna (sheets), and gnocchi (balls), although this is considered a individual dish by some. The two basic styles of pasta are dried and fresh. There are also variations in the ingredients used in pasta. The time for which pasta can be stored varies from days to years depending upon whether the pasta is made with egg or not, and whether it is dried or fresh. Pasta is boiled prior to consumption.

The word, pasta, can also denote dishes in which pasta products are the primary ingredient, served with sauce or seasoning.

Pasta with Baby Broccoli and a Ricotta, Spinach Sauce

Thursday, June 12th, 2008

This dish is a family favorite – a combination of pasta with a ricotta, spinach and pecorino stir-through sauce, served with steamed baby broccoli tips dressed with butter, garlic and olive oil, accompanied with freshly grated parmesan cheese.

Preparation and cooking time: 15 minutes.

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Lasagna

Monday, June 2nd, 2008

Garfield once said (while paraphrasing Will Rogers) “I never met a Lasagna I didn’t like.” This particular Lasagna is easy to prepare and tastes great. It’s basically a combination of meat base (mince meat, chopped onions, and garlic) combined with a jar of tomato based spaghetti sauce, a little oregano, layered in with grated cheese between sheets of lasagna, and topped with a Carbonara sauce and more cheese.

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Linguine, Baked Tomatoes and Basil

Sunday, June 1st, 2008

Tomatoes baked in balsamic vinegar and brown sugar, served over linguine, and garnished with fresh basil. The tomatoes are baked whole with the balsamic vinegar and brown sugar for about an hour or more until soft, then quartered and the combination of sweetened vinegar and tomatoes are poured over the linguine. The dish is finalized by mixing in fresh basil leaves and finely sliced chili. Add a little parmesan cheese and you have something that your taste buds will not forget any time soon.

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