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We all remember that day when we were introduced to “Italian Cuisine”, don’t we? I remember I was like 8 or 9 years old and my ma bought a packet of Macaroni from the local store and prepped white sauce with no reference whatsoever of any recipe book. There were no Italian Seasonings at home then, using just Kasuri Methi, Basil leaves and Dry Red Chili (flakes) she pulled off something I still deem as one of the best Pastas I’ve had in my young life. That was one unplanned 101 of creative thinking.
Craving cheesy Pasta looking at this picture? Try it today, you don’t need the “right ingredients”, you know how the herbs taste – EXPERIMENT! #MakeYourOwnPasta
Before you get excited and dive-in head first, here are the basics to Pasta Types:
- Penne – Penne Pasta is cylinder-shaped. It goes well with heavy white sauce and pesto sauce
- Spaghetti – It’s a long, thin, cylindrical, solid pasta. Italian spaghetti is made from durum wheat semolina, but elsewhere it may be made with other kinds of flour
- Fusilli – Long, thick, corkscrew shaped pasta that may be solid or hollow. Goes great with both red & white sauces
- Fettuccine – Flat Ribbon looking pasta popular in Roman and Tuscan cuisine. It is a flat thick noodle made of egg and flour
- Macaroni – We all know by-heart the Macaroni from Mac n’ Cheese
*There are many more Pasta Types, like Angel Hair, Farfalle, Rigatoni, Lasagna, Ravioli, etc. – the above listed are the more common ones that should be available at a store near you
That’s it with the basics..Now let’s dive in and experiment some Vegetarian Pasta recipes!
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Great Blog References
- This Blog is one of my tested references to many Vegetarian Pasta Recipes – Including our very beloved homemade Mac n Cheese, Spinach Ravioli, Zuccini Alfredo, Artichoke Spinach Lasagna etc.
- My Blog Reference for Pasta Salads – Great salad Recipes in here including Classic Italian Veg Pasta Salad and Fat Free Vegan Pasta Salad
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- Fettuccine Alfredo, I also enjoy this Recipe of Olive Garden Style Fettuccine Alfredo
- Mac N’Cheese – As authentic as it can get. Warning- heavy cheese-load! It essentially gets its smooth and creaminess from the combination of butter, flour, and two cups of milk
- Penne Pasta with Pesto Sauce – Top it with additional Parmesan for cheesy richness
- Spaghetti Bolognese – Here’s a key to not having watery Pasta sauce at the bottom of your bowl. Toss the pasta IN the sauce with a bit of pasta cooking water. This makes the Bolognese sauce emulsify, so it thickens, becomes glossy and clings to the spaghetti
- Garlic Spaghetti – Try this tonight. Hardly takes any time- and doesn’t need any shopping or planning
- Sicilian Spicy Pasta – Simple and appetizing Broccoli + Red Chilies + Parmesan filled Pasta
- Rotini Pasta Salad – The very colorful and healthy(er) Rotini Pasta Salad is a standard for potlucks, and it makes a nice big salad that tastes great!
- Fusilli Tomatina- Buy cherry tomatoes if they’re available near you, use these in place of cut tomatoes
- Open Spinach & Ricotta Ravioli – Making open Rovioli means it’s quick and easy!
- Veggie Carbonara – with mushrooms and courgettes for an easy and healthy family meal
- Creamy Vegan Butternut Squash Linguini – Very creamy, wear lose pants!
- Pasta Alla Genovese– You can use any stringy long pasta type for this recipe
- Meditteranean Style Veggie Pasta – Something different you can try this weekend
- 9 Vegan Pasta References for College Students – Really quick and easy to make on a weekday!
- Easy Vegetable Lasagna – Filling. VERY filling!
Desi Pasta Recipes
- Chunky Vegetable Pasta & Vegetable Macaroni – Two very desi Pasta recipes to get your kids jumping into your house for lunch!
- Macaroni Chaat – Yes you read it right! Chaat or Salad – pack it up for tomorrow!
My Improvs & Notes
Basic Tips for Pasta Cooking
- Use adequate amount of water and a large vessel to avoid pasta from clumping together or becoming very soggy or lumpy
- Keep stirring pasta (especially towards to beginning) to keep them from sticking to each other. Adding salt or a drizzle of oil can also help
- Let water boil, and then only add the pasta.Keep aside
- Don’t rinse the pasta after it is cooked. It takes away all the flavor
- Pairing the sauces right will make a difference – flat pastas be paired with white/cream based sauce and the round ones with red
- Your pasta should be added to the sauce as soon as it is cooked. So time the cooking and assembling correctly!
Cream & mix preparation tips
- Using canned Cream of Broccoli/Cream of Mushroom/Cream of Potato sauces will make your job much easy. Tastes incredibly authentic and delicious as well!
- Adding a pinch of baking soda can help cut down the bitterness of sauce – if prepping the sauce the traditional way
- For the mix, cook in Olive Oil and add Basil, Bell Peppers, white onions, white garlic, green chilies cut length wise
Restaurants Serving Best Pasta in Bay Area
Results are one too many but here’s where I have tried and liked ~