October is National Pasta Month

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October is National Pasta Month
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Sun, 10-16-2011 - 11:17am

What is your favorite pasta? Do you have a pasta dish that you make more often than others? How often do you eat pasta, once a week more than once a week, not often?

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Sun, 10-16-2011 - 7:19pm
Lately it's been almost daily. *LOL* I use a rice pasta in a quick soup for lunch or dinner.

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Mon, 10-17-2011 - 1:40am

I love pasta but we eat it only occasionally around here.

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Mon, 10-17-2011 - 3:41pm
I do love pasta but can't eat it every day, would like to lol but don't.
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Mon, 10-17-2011 - 3:42pm
LOL you can say it on this board, I just opened 2 jars of sauce to go with the shells and meatballs for dinner.
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Mon, 10-17-2011 - 5:54pm
I do enjoy it but don't have it very often. Love lasagna, spaghetti bolognaise and all the usual things. I guess here we have it about once every two weeks. I do have meatballs frozen ready for spaghetti and meatballs. Not sdure when that will be.
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Mon, 10-17-2011 - 5:55pm
I am so pleased that rice pasta is working out for you, makes meals much easier.
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Mon, 10-17-2011 - 6:05pm
Yup got the carb thing in my head too. ROFL hey have you been peeking in my pantry. There are some great pasta sauces in jars out there. The last one I tried was a vodka cream sauce. I usually make it (yes lots of cream in there), but when lazy thought I would try it from a jar and it was not bad. Now if you want to see the recipe I usually make it is by the pioneer woman (totally love all her cooking) and here is her recipe and a link to the photos.
Pioneer Woman Vodka Pasta
1 pound Pasta
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
2 Tablespoons Butter
1 whole Medium Onion, Chopped Finely
2 cloves (to 3 Cloves) Garlic, Chopped
3/4 cups (to 1 Cup) Vodka
1 can (About 14 Oz.) Tomato Puree
1 cup Heavy Cream
1 pinch Red Pepper Flakes
1/4 teaspoons (to 1/2 Teaspoon) Salt
Freshly Ground Black Pepper, To Taste
1 cup Grated Parmesan Cheese

Cook pasta according to package directions, being careful not to overcook.
In a large skillet over medium heat, add olive oil and butter. When butter is melted, add in chopped onion and garlic. Stir and allow to cook for two minutes. Pour in vodka. Stir and cook for three minutes. Add in tomato puree and stir.
Reduce heat to low and stir in cream. Allow to simmer, being careful not to overheat. Stir in red pepper flakes, salt and pepper.
Drain the pasta, reserving 1 cup of pasta water in case sauce is too thick. Add cooked pasta to the sauce, tossing to combine. Splash in a little water if it needs it. Stir in Parmesan cheese.
Pour mixture into large serving bowl. Garnish with more Parmesan cheese.

http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2008/12/friday-night-dinner-pasta-alla-vodka/

So do you want some?
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Mon, 10-17-2011 - 6:07pm
This thread is BAD.....it is making me hungry for pasta and sauce! lol.It was going to be pork chops for dinner, but now I am not so sure! lol.
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Tue, 10-18-2011 - 1:54pm
I like to make a big batch of meatballs and sauce so I can freeze some to have on hand for those nights I don't feel like cooking or don't have much time to throw dinner together.
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Tue, 10-18-2011 - 1:56pm
I made shells and meatballs last night for the family but was good and didn't eat any!

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