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For People Who Just Can’t Get Enough Pasta
Sunday, October 25 is National Pasta Day and we thought it would be the perfect time to celebrate all things pasta! Linguine, fettuccine, spaghetti, tortellini, ziti—the list is endless!
Fun Facts About Pasta:
- On average, Italians eat enough spaghetti-shaped pasta to wind around the world 15,000 times.
- The best pasta is cooked al dente. The literal translation is “to the tooth.” It should be firm yet still be tender when eaten.
- According to the International Pasta Organization, there are more than 600 different shapes of pasta around the world!
Now that we’ve whet your appetite, we thought it would be helpful to bring together some of our favorite noodle-related products, including amazing cookbooks with delicious recipes. From wacky to practical and everything in between, there’s something on this list for every noodle buff.
These three gadgets will help make your everyday consumption of pasta a little more professional and help you up your weeknight noodle game.
Joseph Joseph® Spaghetti Measure
With this handy tool, you’ll never have to worry about cooking the wrong amount of noodles again. Slide the measure to the appropriate serving and you’ll be sure that everyone gets their perfect portion.
Forghetti Pasta Forks
These cleverly designed forks feature wavy-edged tines that keep pasta put. Simply twist the Forghetti fork and the noodles will wrap right around. These forks make eating pasta easier for the little ones, and will make the grown-ups appear to be serious pasta connoisseurs to dinner guests.
Pastasaurus Pasta Server
Everyone at the table will love the fun design of the Pastasaurus Pasta Server. The teeth are designed specifically for grabbing slippery pasta, while the ergonomically designed handle provides a comfortable grip.
For the Master Chef:
For those seasoned cooks who already know how to make pasta but are itching to go pro, we’ve rounded up the tools you’ll need to start making professional grade noodles in your own kitchen.
Hand cranking pasta is a thing of the past! Let this pasta maker do the work for you and soon you’ll be treating your family and friends to a feast of homemade pasta dishes just like the savory specialties served in authentic Italian restaurants.
KitchenAid Pasta Drying Rack
Once you’ve made the noodles, you’re going to need somewhere to dry them and that’s where this well-reviewed drying rack comes in. The must-have companion when creating fresh homemade pasta.
For those who need their pasta fix but don’t aren’t able to consume the traditional wheat-based noodles, think outside the box and use a spiralizer to make “pasta” out of vegetables like zucchini, sweet potato or carrot.
Sometimes we need a little inspiration in order to deviate from the typical spaghetti or lasagna dish that we’ve grown accustomed to. These three cookbooks are the perfect kitchen accompaniment for all pasta lovers.
Pasta Night by Williams-Sonoma
This solution-oriented cookbook will deliver up meals that work as perfectly for busy weeknights as they do for a relaxed weekend dinner party. From homemade sauces to jazzing up the store-bought variety, from pasta fresh from your own hands to seasonal salads, you’ll find more than fifty recipes to take your pasta night from “mm, thanks…” to “Mangia! Mangia!”
The Top One-Hundred Pasta Sauces by Diane Seed
In this definitive collection, Diane Seed shares the 100 best sauce recipes she has encountered in 40 years of living, eating, and cooking in Italy. Infinitely varied, it includes specialties from regions across Italy and classics we’ve come to love that are both delicious and economical, plus a few extra-special dishes that are perfect for occasions.
Mastering Pasta by Marc Vetri
Loaded with useful information, including the best way to cook and sauce pasta, suggestions for substituting pasta shapes, and advance preparation and storage notes, Mastering Pasta offers you all of the wisdom of a pro. For cooks who want to take their knowledge to the next level, Vetri delves deep into the science of various types of flour to explain pasta’s uniquely satisfying texture and how to craft the very best pasta by hand or with a machine.
Feast your eyes on this delicious decor! If your love for pasta extends to pizza and wine, this wall art will be a perfect pairing for your home.
Maybe you prefer to let someone else do the cooking. With LivingSocial, Groupon and Restaurant.com, you can dine out with less guilt and get your pasta fix at a great discount. Plus, when you earn Cash Back on your restaurant voucher purchases with Ebates, things become even more scrumptious.
To celebrate National Pasta Day, enjoy a delightful dish of your favorite type of pasta topped with a scrumptious sauce. We know what we’ll be having for dinner! Let us know in the comments below, what’s your favorite pasta dish?
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