Be careful of splashing boiling water. Use oven mitts when dumping the pasta into the colander. Ask for grownup help! Always be careful using anything sharp or hot. Clean any surface immediately that had contact with any raw meat.
Ever invented your own pasta recipe? Today is the day! All you need is some creativity with your pantry, whether you choose to make a fancy dish or a quick one-pot recipe for your family. What’s more, pantry pasta makes for a great opportunity to play with your food (Imagine: ‘Spaghetti Super Bowl!’ You can wear the colander on your head as a protective gear… )
But seriously though, pasta does make a SUPER BOWL of food, especially if you add in nutritionally-balanced ingredients. And you can, in fact, make this game!
Choose ingredients from your pantry, freezer, or fridge. The main rule is there are no rules. Choose ingredients that you think will go well together, and try to combine veggies and proteins. You can either make a big pot of one type of pasta, or mix in ingredients for individual bowls.
REMEMBER: Failure is a matter of perspective! If we discover a flavor combination that doesn’t work, then we learn something, and can adjust for next time! No matter what, keep a record of what you like and don’t like about your creations, and share it with us at @TasteQuestHQ!
Did you know…
‘Al dente’ means “firm to the tooth.” Well-prepared pasta has a denser texture than over-cooked pasta, making it more enjoyable to eat. But pasta al dente also has a lower Glycemic index than overcooked pasta, meaning it can help slow down the absorption of carbohydrates and doesn’t increase blood sugar and insulin production. So cool!
Here are some examples for mixing and matching some ingredients:
Did you know…
There is a “No cheese rule” imposed by Italians when eating pasta with fresh seafood. They find that cheese distracts from the delicate flavor of seafood. So, if you’re feeling authentically inclined, and you happen to use fresh seafood, do not use cheese!
SUBSTITUTIONS: If you or a family member are following a specific diet, then substitute regular noodles with pasta made from zucchinis, potatoes, chickpeas, or corn pasta. Also replace any dairy products with vegan options if necessary.
Want to avoid a trip to the store? This is a great way to let your kids get creative while you use up items on your shelf!
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