TIP OF THE DAY: Fideo, “Mexican Spaghetti” & Soup Pasta

[1] Sopa de Fideo, a popular Mexican comfort food (photo courtesy http://BudgetBytes.com). [2] A bowl of plain fideo (photo courtesy CookDiary.net). [3] Barilla makes fideo, as well as Hispanic specialists like Goya (photo courtesy Barilla).   October is National Pasta Month, an occasion to explore and try different types of pasta. May we suggest fideo?…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Top 10 Pasta Cooking Tips

It seems like a no-brainer to boil pasta, yet there are several “best practices.” For National Pasta Month, here are some basic pasta tips that many people—including our interns—don’t know. 1. USE A LARGE, LIDDED POT. Pasta needs room to cook without sticking: 4-5 quarts of water per pound of pasta. Although it may seem…
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FOOD FUN: Spaghetti & Meatball Sundae

For National Pasta Month try this “spaghetti sundae” inspired by a dish from VP3 Restaurant in Jersey City, New Jersey. RECIPE: SPAGHETT & MEATBALL SUNDAE Ingredients Spaghetti or linguine Pasta sauce Optional: meatballs or sausage Grated Parmesan cheese Minced fresh basil “sprinkles”   Preparation 1. COOK the spaghetti according to package directions and drain, reserving…
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FOOD HOLIDAY: National Pasta Month & Pasta History

Potstickers and other dumplings are types of pasta, a food invented by the Chinese 4,000 years ago (photo courtesy CBCrabcakes.com).   October is National Pasta Month; pasta is one of America’s favorite foods. Who invented it? The Chinese! While Thomas Jefferson introduced pasta to the U.S. in 1787, upon his return from Europe where he…
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