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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Include Pasta for a Perfect Holiday Meal

Include Pasta for a Perfect Holiday Meal
Foods that often come to mind when planning holiday meals are turkey, mashed potatoes and pie.  If you want to think out-of-the-box, consider pasta.  Pasta can be a one dish wonder which can serve a crowd and be assembled ahead of time and timed to come out of the oven at a specific time.  Baking pasta in the oven can make your home smell wonderful and is a great way to greet guests.

Also, pasta is versatile.  Rather than using a large baking dish, put the pasta mixture into individual ramekins.

There are many types and shapes of pasta to try.  Estimates of the number of pasta shapes range from 600 to 1,000. Try substituting alternative pastas of similar size after browsing through the selection at the super market. 

When cooking pasta for baked dishes, be sure to leave the pasta al dente, since it will continue to cook and soften as it bakes.  To test for doneness, take a piece out of boiling water and bit into it – if it feel tender but still a bit firm, drain the pasta and incorporate with other ingredients.
Transporting pasta dishes is easy.  There is usually only one dish to transport and serving is easy.  If you do not have a carrying tote, cover the hot dish with foil and wrap in a towel.   


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