Pasta Party Ideas
It can be
said that pasta is universally loved. So is a pasta party. Every culture has
its incredible pasta or noodle dishes but we tend to boil it down to two broad
categories. To demonstrate that, think of pasta... Okay, now think of noodles... See? Italian pasta,
Asian noodles. The difference from one part of the world to another, though, is
often a matter of changing out the seasonings.
lies lotsa pasta and oodles of noodles with recipes, menu ideas, party tips and
instructions for cooking pasta al dente.
parties are casual, fun buffets. There are two ways to approach the buffet, though.
One is to serve a variety of sauces with a variety of pasta and let your guests
mix and match as desired. For the most part, one sauce goes with another pasta.
Good for pesto, marinara and primavera sauces. Of course, it effectively eliminates
casserole-type dishes like lasagna and macaroni and cheese, stuffed pasta
shells, or goodie-laden recipes like shrimp fettuccine, and we can't have that,
- A much
more desirable and practical approach is to serve the pasta dishes family
style, already mixed with sauce and goodies. Especially since guests will
likely be contributing their favorite dishes.
- Serve hot
food hot, cold food cold. Pre-heat the water and/or oven and cook the noodles
as your guests arrive. To keep the dishes hot, round up a few warming trays or
chafing dishes. Serve salads on ice.
Speaking of salad, round out the meal with
appropriate sides like roasted garlic bread or Garlic Knots, Caesar Salad,
Artichoke Salad, Ratatouille, Antipasto, or wonderfully spicy Kimchi.
to Cook Pasta al Dente
means "to the tooth." Pasta cooked al dente is tender but firm to the
tooth, never mushy. There is nothing as unappealing as soggy noodles.
sometimes hear the old wives tale about throwing your pasta at the wall to test
for doneness; they say that if it sticks it's done. I don't recommend that, on
so many levels. But it gives a whole new slant to "throwing" a pasta
party, doesn't it?
a much more dignified way to test for doneness: Cook your pasta in plenty of
well-salted boiling water. Soon, the edges will turn a lighter color. When the
noodles appear a uniform color, test a piece by eating it. Is it done? Drain the
pasta in a colander immediately and toss with a little olive oil to keep it
from sticking together.
Straw and Hay
Linguine with Creamy Shrimp Scampi
Penne in Cumin Cream
Mac and Cheese
Spaghetti Nest Eggs (for brunch)
Shrimp Lo Mein (Noodles)
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