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Thursday, March 8, 2007

Plain Pasta? Not on the Menu...

Well, at least not at our house. Why is it that so many restaurants offer that on their kiddie menus? Is there something fundamentally wrong with sauce? Why is sauceless pasta ever an option? Why do people want their children to become accustomed to plain foods? I say, banish the bland and bring on the flavors. And what better place to start than pasta.

Pasta is easy to fiddle with and you can alter the ingredients according to your whim. Some recipes may be more elaborate than others but a few basic ones to fall back on include: Spaghetti with olive oil, garlic and parsley, Gemelli with garlic, onions, tomatoes, olive paste and a bit of hot pepper, Penne with olive oil, garlic and broccoli rabe. Start with those and build on them. Make sure to keep some freshly grated Parmesan or a small block of it around for sprinkling on top.

We eat pasta at least once a week because it is one of those quick, cupboard meals. So simple and nourishing, just add salad and you have dinner in under an hour.

Which reminds me that we had pasta tonight and what brought on this rant were these words which popped from Izzy's mouth: "I don't want any sauce." My eyes widened in amazement and I looked at him and said.. "Who ever heard of pasta without sauce. We don't eat that in our house." Then I served him a plate of spaghetti with tomatoes,onions,garlic, and olive paste and watched as he slurped up the strands..PHEW!

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