Pasta has been around since ancient times but there’s no set recipe for making it.
There are two main types of pasta: fresh and dried.
Fresh pasta is usually made from durum wheat flour and eggs.
Dried pasta is made from semolina flour and water.
Pasta can also be served cold or hot.
I’m going to explain you how to make three different kinds of pasta dishes.
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Pasta comes in many shapes and sizes. It can be served plain, tossed with butter and Parmesan cheese, or topped with tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese. Pasta dishes are usually accompanied by a side dish such as salad, vegetables, meatballs, or breadsticks. In Italy, pasta is traditionally served with a combination of olive oil, garlic, and herbs. This is called “pasta e fagioli” pasta and beans. Other popular Italian pasta dishes include spaghetti bolognese, lasagna, manicotti, ravioli, and tagliatelle.
4. Italian bruschetta bar
Italian Bruschetta Bar Ingredients: 1 loaf of crusty Italian bread cut into cubes 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 4 cloves garlic, minced Salt & pepper to taste 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cut bread into cubes and place on baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake until golden brown, about 10 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool slightly. While still warm, toss with garlic, parmesan cheese, and additional salt and pepper. Serve immediately. 5. Roast beef and horseradish potato salad Roasting potatoes brings out their natural sugars and flavors, making them perfect for salads. To roast potatoes, preheat oven to 425°F. Wash and dry potatoes. Slice each potato lengthwise into quarters. Place cut sides down on a lightly greased baking sheet. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Add 1 tablespoon vegetable oil to each quarter of potato. Bake until tender, about 30 minutes. Let cool completely. Combine roasted potatoes, mayonnaise, sour cream, celery, green onions, horseradish, dill, and lemon juice in a bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
5. Cheese and cauliflower breadsticks
Cauliflower breadsticks are a great addition to any party buffet table. Cauliflower breadsticks are easy to make and delicious! Simply mix together cauliflower florets, breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, eggs, and seasonings. Roll mixture into balls and flatten into disks. Cook breadsticks according to package directions. 6. Chicken and broccoli stir fry Chicken and broccoli stir fry is a quick and healthy dinner option. It takes only 20 minutes to make and tastes even better the next day. In a wok or skillet over medium heat, add 1 teaspoon sesame oil. Sauté chicken breasts until cooked through, about 5 minutes per side. Transfer chicken to a plate and set aside. Add 1 teaspoon sesame oil to pan. Stir in broccoli florets and sauté 3 minutes. Return chicken to pan and add soy sauce, ginger, and garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Garnish with cilantro.
6. Stuffed tomatoes
Stuffed tomatoes are a fun way to serve appetizers. Start by cutting the tops off of 4 large ripe tomatoes. Scoop out the insides of each tomato using a spoon and discard. Mix together cream cheese, mozzarella cheese, basil leaves, salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning. Fill the tomato shells with the cheese mixture and place back on top of the tomato. Bake at 350 degrees F for 15 minutes. Serve warm. 7. Cheesy potato skins Cheese potato skins are a tasty snack that’s ready in 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Cut potatoes lengthwise and scoop out flesh leaving a thin shell. Place shells on baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Top with shredded cheese and bake 10 minutes or until golden brown. Sprinkle with paprika if desired.
7. Cucumber salad
Cucumbers are great for salads because they’re crisp and refreshing. To make cucumber salad, cut 2 medium cucumbers into 1/4 inch slices. Toss with olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Add chopped red onion and sliced radishes. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. 8. Tomato soup Tomato soup is a classic comfort food that everyone loves. It’s easy to make and tastes delicious! Combine 3 cups of low sodium vegetable broth, 1 cup of diced tomatoes, 1 tablespoon of minced garlic, 1 teaspoon of dried basil, and 1 teaspoon of dried oregano. Simmer over medium heat for about 20 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Garnish with grated Parmesan cheese.
8. Whole roasted carrots
Roasted carrots are a healthy side dish that goes well with any meal. Roasting carrots gives them a sweet flavor and caramelizes them. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Peel and slice 4 medium sized carrots lengthwise. Place in a baking pan. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake for 40 minutes or until tender. Remove from oven and serve warm. 9. Baked beans Baked beans are a hearty side dish that goes well served with cornbread. In a bowl combine two 15 ounce cans of baked beans, 1/2 cup ketchup, 1/3 cup molasses, 1/4 cup mustard, 1/4 cup cider vinegar, 1/4 cup honey, and 1/4 cup packed brown sugar. Mix together thoroughly. Transfer mixture to a casserole dish and bake for 45 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Serve warm.
9. Summer panzanella
Summer panzanella is a great light summer salad that combines tomatoes, basil, and mozzarella cheese. Combine 6 cups chopped tomato, 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, 3 garlic cloves minced, 1 teaspoon kosher salt, and 1/8 teaspoon black pepper in a mixing bowl. Add 1 cup bread cubes and toss to coat. Spread evenly into a 9×13 inch baking dish. Top with 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese and 1/2 cup torn basil leaves. Bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool slightly before serving. 10. Easy pasta sauce Easy pasta sauce is a quick and easy way to add flavor to your favorite pasta dishes. Combine 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1 clove crushed garlic, 1 28 ounce can diced tomatoes, 1 14 ounce can fire roasted diced tomatoes, 1/2 cup red wine, 1/2 cup water, 1/2 cup heavy cream, 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, and 1/2 cup chopped basil in a blender. Blend until smooth. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
10. Mortadella and fontina slab pie
Mortadella and Fontina Slab Pie is a delicious Italian specialty that is perfect for entertaining. It’s a savory pie filled with mortadella, fontina cheese, and spinach. To make the filling, combine 4 ounces sliced mortadella, 8 ounces sliced fontina cheese, 1 pound frozen spinach, 1 egg yolk, 1/4 cup milk, 1/4 cup flour, 1/4 cup butter, 1/4 cup parmesan cheese, and 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg in a food processor. Pulse until combined. Pour mixture into an 11 x 7 inch glass baking dish. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Remove from refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until set. Cool completely before cutting. Serve with crusty bread. 11. Chicken and broccoli stir fry Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry is a healthy and flavorful Asian inspired meal. Cook 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breast in a nonstick skillet over medium heat for 5 minutes. Add 1/2 cup soy sauce, 1/4 cup sesame oil, 2 teaspoons sugar, 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger, 1/4 teaspoon five spice powder, and 1/4 cup water. Bring to boil; reduce heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. Transfer chicken to a plate and cover to keep warm. Drain any excess liquid from pan. Return pan to high heat and add 1/3 cup vegetable oil. Add 1/2 pound broccoli florets and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Cook for 2 minutes or until broccoli begins to soften. Reduce heat to medium and add 1/4 cup rice vinegar. Toss well to coat. Add chicken back to pan and toss well to coat. Sprinkle with 1/4 cup sherry. Heat for 1 minute or until heated through. Garnish with green onions.
11. Roasted beet salad with orange vinaigrette
Roasting beets brings out their natural sweetness and makes them tender. Beets are rich in fiber, folate, potassium, magnesium, iron, vitamin C, and manganese. This recipe combines roasted beets with oranges, walnuts, and blue cheese. Wash 6 medium beets thoroughly. Cut off stems and roots. Place beets in a shallow roasting pan. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Wrap tightly with aluminum foil. Bake in a preheated 400 degree F oven for 45 to 60 minutes or until soft when pierced with a fork. Let cool slightly. Peel beets using paper towels. Cut beets into wedges. Combine beets, orange juice, orange zest, and walnuts in a bowl. Whisk together ingredients for dressing. Season with salt and pepper. Add dressing to beet mixture and toss gently. Top with crumbled blue cheese. 12. Lemon poppy seed cake Lemon Poppy Seed Cake is a moist lemon cake made with poppy seeds. The cake has a light lemony flavor and a delicate texture. Ingredients: 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour 1 tablespoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup shortening cold 1/2 cup granulated sugar 1/2 cup powdered sugar 1/2 cup buttermilk 1 egg 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/2 cup poppy seeds 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Grease and flour two 9-inch round pans. In a mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, shortening, sugars, egg, and vanilla. Fold in buttermilk, poppy seeds, and lemon juice. Divide batter evenly between prepared pans. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until golden brown. Cool cakes in pans for 15 minutes. Run a knife around edges of cakes to loosen. Turn cakes onto cooling racks. Cool completely. Frost with Cream Cheese Frosting.
12. Baked parmesan broccoli
Baked Parmesan Broccoli is a delicious side dish that tastes great served hot or cold. It’s easy to prepare and requires only five ingredients. Ingredients: 2 bunches broccoli about 1 pound 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese 1/4 cup butter, melted 1/4 cup breadcrumbs 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper Cook broccoli according to package directions. Drain well. Transfer broccoli to a greased 13×9 inch baking dish. Stir together remaining ingredients. Sprinkle over broccoli. Bake at 350 degrees F for 20 to 25 minutes or until heated through. 13. Easy baked sweet potato fries Sweet potatoes are loaded with nutrients such as beta carotene, vitamins A and C, fiber, and minerals such as potassium, phosphorus, zinc, copper, selenium, and magnesium. Sweet potatoes are also low in calories. These fries are baked instead of fried because they’re healthier and taste better. Ingredients: 4 medium sweet potatoes about 1 pound 2 tablespoons vegetable oil Salt and pepper to taste 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese Directions: Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Slice each sweet potato lengthwise into 8 wedges. Arrange on baking sheet. Brush with oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown and crispy. Remove from oven. Toss with cheese. Return to oven for 5 to 7 minutes or until cheese melts. Serve immediately.
What to serve with pasta
Pasta dishes are usually accompanied by sauces, dressings, and other accompaniments. Pasta dishes come in many different shapes and sizes, but they all share some common characteristics. First off, they should be cooked al dente or firm. This means that the pasta should still retain some bite when bitten. Second, they should be tossed with sauce, not simply spooned onto plates. Third, they should be served piping hot. Fourth, they should be eaten within an hour or two after being prepared. Finally, they should be accompanied by something green. Green vegetables are good companions for pasta dishes because they add color and flavor. Green vegetables are also high in fiber, vitamin K, folate, calcium, iron, and antioxidants. Examples of green vegetables include arugula, spinach, kale, collard greens, bok choy, romaine lettuce, escarole, broccoli, cucumber, zucchini, celery, bell peppers, tomatoes, mushrooms, and onions.