Summer picnics are made for pasta salads. Try a creative spin on them by changing up the expected presentation. Consider using large pasta shells stuffed with a mixture of seasoned summer vegetables, turkey and cheese, which can work as a light entrée, starter or side dish.
The decision to use one kind of pasta over another in a recipe may seem insignificant at first. But the shape of the pasta you use can add so much interest to a recipe because of how it mixes with other ingredients and adheres to sauce. Bucatini, which is like spaghetti but hollow to help carry sauce through a dish, is ideal for creamy sauces and subtle flavors that you want to make sure come through in each bite. Pair it with this lemony cream sauce and then add shrimp for a filling, satisfying meal.
At a time when so many people are separated from extended family members, reminders of home can be a comfort. Try a menu addition like Casarecce, a traditional pasta shape from Sicily, which gets its name from the Italian word “casereccio,” meaning “homemade.” It’s a short noodle that has a homemade texture and curves in on itself, helping it hold on to sauces and marinades. This variety from Barilla is made from chickpeas, a good alternative for gluten-free customers. Consider combining it with chicken, vegetables and lime vinaigrette for a nutritious, complete meal that delivers the satisfaction of a traditional pasta dish.
It’s hard to beat pasta as a winter comfort food. Easy to prepare and customize, pasta is an appealing base for everything from light broths to rich, creamy sauces made from pork or meat. Bucatini Amatriciana is one example of a pasta dish that manages to combine a handful of ingredients into an impressive, satisfying dish. While the authentic Italian version of the dish uses guanciale, a fatty cured pork cheek, pancetta is easier to source and replicates the dish’s rich, satisfying flavor.