Picture-Perfect Pasta Ideas and Tips for National Pasta Day
October is National Pasta Month and today is the official National Pasta Day! Did you know Americans eat an average of twenty pounds of pasta per person annually? Pasta is one of the most versatile foods that you can combine with almost any flavor and protein – from beef to shrimp to poultry and pork. There are also over 300 different forms or shapes of pasta! See how many you recognize from the National Pasta Association’s Shapes Library.
To get you ready to celebrate National Pasta Day, here are a few helpful hints for preparing your pasta:
– Thin and delicate pastas are best served with thin, light sauces. Try angel hair or thin spaghetti!
– Thicker pastas such as fettuccine are better suited with heavier sauces.
– Pastas with holes or ridges, like rigatoni or mostaccioli go well with chunkier sauces.
– Uncooked, dry pasta can keep for up to a year if kept in a cool, dry place.
– Be sure to store cooked pasta separately from the sauce so that it will keep longer.
– Refrigerate cooked pasta in an airtight container for 3-5 days and add some oil (1-2 teaspoons per pound of pasta) to prevent the noodles from sticking.
The first United State pasta factory opened in Brooklyn, New York in 1848 by French immigrant Antoine Zerega. In the decades since, many popular brands such as Ronzoni Macaroni Company, Chef Boyardee and Kraft have been founded and produce this favorite entity we love today.
- Michael Angelo’s offers everything under the sun – from organic meals to seafood pastas to club packs. If you love lasagna like we do, you’ll love their selection!
- With flavors this great, you’d never guess this elegant Manicotti Alla Vodka from Bertolli can be cooked in the microwave.
- Made with 100% beef and sized to feed an army, Stouffer’s Family Size Lasagna with Meat & Sauce fits the bill.
- With unique varieties such as Asiago Tortellini and Spinach Florentine Ravioli, Parla Pasta by Drake’s is a quick fix for your pasta craving.
- Make a pan of Classic Stuffed Shells – enough to satisfy the whole family!
- Using Celentano Cheese Stuffed Mini Ravioli from the frozen food aisle you can make delicious Baked Ravioli.
- A pasta dish kids are guaranteed to devour – Elsie’s Baked Mac and Cheese!
- For a vegetarian pasta dish, try this Spaghetti with Ricotta, Zucchini, Garlic and Olive Oil.
- It wouldn’t be National Pasta Day without lasagna. Switch it up with Pesto Lasagna Roll-Ups.
- This simple Broccoli & Cheese Pasta is ready in just 20 minutes.
- Since October is also National Seafood Month, cook up Butterfly Shrimp Parmigiana for the best of both worlds!
- Add Tyson Diced Chicken Breast to this Fettuccine Alfredo recipe for a creamy, hearty dish.
- Using Celentano Cheese Tortellini you can whip up Cheese Tortellini with Peas and Pancetta!
- Ready in no time at all, Parmesan Garlic Breadsticks are the perfect match for your pasta dinner!
- It doesn’t get any easier than Garlic Parmesan Pull-Apart Monkey Bread.
- Serve it with marinara sauce and you’re ready to roll!
- Artisan Mini Baguettes aren’t just adorable – they’re chewy and delicious too!
- Did you know you can make garlic bread in your microwave? Check out Microwaveable Mozzarella Garlic Bread to complete dinner in a jiff.
- Looking for options for your pasta party? From Garlic Knots to Ciabatta Rolls and more, New York Bakery offers it all.
What are your favorite pasta dishes? Share how you’re celebrating National Pasta Day in the comments below!