Fun Pasta Ideas
Looking for a fun activity to do with the kids? Maybe a date-night meal at home that’s different from the standard dinner? Or maybe you just want to enjoy a fun night cooking with the family. Whatever your reason, these three creative and fun pasta meals are here to deliver you the pasta you know and love, but with a new and unique twist!
Can’t Say No to Gnocchi
Gnocchi is a super fun pasta shape- the dough is rolled into little rounded balls that take on the texture of dumplings! If you like dumplings and pasta, then this pasta was practically created for you. Each piece is the perfect bite-size, packed with flavor. There are many ways to dress up the gnocchi, and one of our favorites is our very own recipe: Brown Butter Gnocchi with Spinach Pine Nuts. This dish is savory, aromatic, and refreshing. The tenderness of the gnocchi pairs perfectly with the crispiness of the pine nuts. The sweet brown sugar infused-butter adds a decent amount of fat, which acts as the vehicle through which flavor travels, intensifying the taste. Get your gnocchi at Sansone Market today to start this fun pasta idea!
American Dish, Italian Style
We all love the classic American comfort food, the one and only, Mac n’ Cheese! The results of this dish are especially extravagant when a slow-cooker is used. All you need is a crockpot, uncooked pasta, cheese, spices, milk, and evaporated milk. Throwing these ingredients in the crockpot is a sure way to ensure an ooey-gooey, cheesy texture bursting with flavor. While the recipe calls for salt, pepper, and oregano to season it, you can play around with spices to drastically alter the direction of the taste. You can add herbs de Provence for an extra flavor and a fragrant note of fine herbs like fennel, marjoram, parsley, rosemary, tarragon, and thyme. You can simply add basil leaves, tomatoes, and parmesan cheese for a “pizza flavored” macaroni and cheese. The possibilities are endless with this dish, and it remains ever-reliable, quick, and easy after a long day when comfort food is needed!
Taste The Rainbow!
Red, blue, purple, green, and all of the shades in between! These are the glorious colors of the rainbow, and you can implement them into your favorite dishes! Have you ever seen rainbow spaghetti on Instagram and wished you could get your hands on some? Well, it turns out, it’s not that hard. All you need is cooked linguini and food coloring. If you’ve ever tie-dyed anything before, the process for dying the pasta is not unlike that! Create the dye from the food coloring and let the cooked pasta soak in the color. Then rinse any excess color off in the colander and voilà! Pretty pasta! This dish is absolutely perfect for celebrating Easter, pride month in June, or the coming of Spring in general! It can be a fun D.I.Y. craft for the whole family or with friends on a fun night in! However you choose to create this dish, it’s sure to be vibrant and unforgettable! Out of all the fun pasta ideas, this one stands out the most!
Whichever fun pasta meals you choose to do first, you can bet that you’ll get a delicious home-cooked Italian-style meal out of it. Stop by Sansone Market today to pick up your pasta ingredients!