Here's a quick little tip for Tasty Tip Tuesday - Pasta. You're probably thinking that there is nothing new about pasta, but I beg to differ. There's pasta and there's pasta, but I like to use pasta that other people don't tend to buy.
I love whimsy in all things, particularly when I'm serving a meal, and using a shape of pasta that isn't a particularly common one adds to the fun. I recently used one of my favorite pastas, campanelli, in this dish. I love these little scrolls because they hold so much delicious sauce whether you are serving Alfredo, marinara, vodka sauce, or seafood.
I similarly like orecchiette, a wonderful shell-shaped pasta that is ribbed on the exterior side. Every forkful is going to be delicious because the shells act like little scoops to capture all of your wonderful sauce, meat, cheese, or minced vegetables.
When you next make macaroni and cheese, set aside a bit of sauce to stir into ditalini pasta. This is the perfect size pasta for small children who can then easily scoop it up with a spoon or fork.
Lately I’ve been savoring the heartiness of papardelle, as you saw in yesterday’s post. Use it when you really want to make a statement!
While there is nothing particularly special about rotini, tri-color rotini is another story. It gives color to an otherwise bland dish and kicks things up a bit on the whimsy chart.
Farfalle, a.k.a bow tie pasta is, of course, for those more formal events. (wink)
So, the next time you're planning a pasta dish, don't buy the pasta at your local market, go to a specialty market, one that deals heavily in Italian goods, and pick up something different from what you would usually use. People will notice, and they will appreciate the effort.
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