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Celebrate National Italian American Heritage Month

Pasta gets a bad rap in American culture. We’re so afraid of eating the dreaded carbs that we deny ourselves the luxury and comfort of pasta. It’s important to not overdo it, but if you follow the Mediterranean diet, you know that pasta is consumed in moderation. It’s the U.S. that started serving enormous plates of spaghetti, penne, and other shapes of semolina pasta.

Your #DolceVita action item for this week is to make a pasta dish.

racchette pastaIt doesn’t have to be huge. In fact, it should be a small course served before your main dinner. Italians call it the primi course. It comes before the meat or fish dish.

Try a fun shape like these racchette that are shaped like tennis racquets. They are perfect for salads and children are very entertained by them.

I served them with a basic tomato sauce. But they also work well with creamy sauces or tossed with some vegetables and olive oil.

My all-time favorite shapes are linguine and rotini. But I wouldn’t turn down any shape of pasta. Yum.

Let me know if you like pasta and what is your favorite shape.

Buon appetito.



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