Is Pasta Healthy Or Fattening?

Many people who are trying to lose weight wonder is pasta healthy or fattening? Pasta, like many foods high in carbohydrates, often gets a bad reputation for being fattening; however, this does not have to be true.

Carbohydrates, though recently made out to be villains, are actually necessary to keep your body and mind running smoothly. When carbohydrates are broken down they provide a major source of glucose. Glucose is the primary source of energy for your body and the only source of energy for your brain. Many people who have tried to stick to very low-carb diets have suffered from low energy and bad moods. I know I would be in a bad mood if I never got to eat my favorite pastas!

Consuming too many carbohydrates can be fattening, but pasta itself is not fattening; cooked pasta has only about 200 calories per cup. Where you really get into trouble is with your pasta sauce. Pasta sauces that contain high calorie fatty meats, creams, cheese and other f

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Using a Spiralizer to Make Vegan Alfredo Pasta

Did you know you could use a spiralizer to make a healthy version of traditional pasta Alfredo? Are you a Vegan or a health conscious individual who used to love a good creamy Alfredo pasta sauce, but had to give it up? Many Vegans love creamy cheese pasta sauces such as a traditional Alfredo sauce and in this article I’m going to show you how to use a spiralizer and make a Vegan Alfredo sauce.

To make a healthier version of pasta Alfredo you’ll need a blender and a tool called a spiralizer and a dose of creativity. The spiralizer you can find online or in some kitchen specialty stores, it is sometimes called a spiral slicer. Use the spiralizer according to it’s instructions with some peeled medium sized zucchini on either the thin or thick setting. If you don’t have a specialized tool you can use a simple vegetable peeler and peel the zucchini to make noodles.

You can eat the zucchini noodles raw or gently steam or saute them with some olive oi

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Benefits of Owning a Pasta Machine

When it comes to cooking your favorite pasta dishes, you probably either already make your own pasta, or it has been a dream of yours to be able to make pasta for the dinners you create for your family. It isn’t as hard as a lot of people may think it is because with a pasta maker, all you have to do is simply mix together the dough ingredients, and adjust your dough to the proper consistency for the type of noodles you are wanting to produce, and then run the dough through the pasta maker, to have your noodles ready to cook on the other side.

Making homemade noodles is an incredible way to add a unique flavor to the dish you are creating, but even though the flavor may be there, you still need the right size and consistency of noodles in order for the dish to come out perfect. For instance, you don’t want macaroni style noodles in a batch of spaghetti. It can be done, and has been done, but when it comes down to it, a bowl of spaghetti needs spaghetti noodles! Cr

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The Perfect Pre-Race Dinner: Pasta With Bolognese Sauce

In order to perform at their best, athletes of all ages need to train well, get plenty of sleep, stay hydrated and eat a nutritious diet that is well balanced and wholesome.

In the days leading up to a competition or race, it becomes even more important to eat well to ensure that the body has the energy resources required for the big day. The pre-race dinner plays an essential role in preparing the body for competition. The key objective with this important meal is to replenish the body with all the nutrients needed for peak performance. Pasta with Bolognese sauce meets that challenge and tastes great too!

This rich, meaty dish provides plenty of protein, along with complex carbs and good fat, to refuel the muscles. Add a crisp, green salad with fresh veggies and a loaf of crusty, artisan whole wheat bread and it’s a complete meal. Pasta with Bolognese sauce is a hearty and satisfying dish so a light dessert of fresh fruit is all that you need to finish it off. T

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Review-Pasta Magic Makes Tragic Pasta

The other day I picked up a kitchen gadget called the “Pasta Magic” and today I allowed it to approach the wonderfulness that is my spaghetti sauce. After judging the results of this supposed time-saving device, I have to give it a hearty thumbs-down. Actually, not only do I have to give it the thumbs-down, but I really want to.

Opening it up and looking at the contents, I found two containers, two strainer lids, two lock-down sealing lids, instructions, and a thermal sleeve that’s supposed to help you not burn your hand while pouring out the water you’ve just used to cook your pasta. I’ll go through each of the components, because I have something to say about each.

The containers are sturdy enough, and they don’t look easy to tip over. They have a rim around the bottom to keep them upright. They have one big flaw that I will discuss in a moment.

The strainer lids….suck. I tried for a while to get the one I used to &#82

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3 Amazing Grilled Meat and Pasta Recipes You Need to Try

Pasta is a favorite dish throughout the world. One of the charms of this dish is that it’s extremely versatile – you can choose whatever type of noodle you like and the choices are endless when it comes to sauces and ingredients. Try something unique and add a delicious smoky taste to your pasta by combining it with grilled meat.

Grilled Chicken and Pesto Angel Hair Pasta

What you need:

  • 2 boneless chicken breast halves, cooked and sliced into bite-size pieces
  • 1 1/4 cups angel hair pasta
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup pesto sauce
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons toasted almonds

Cook pasta until al dente in a pot according to package instructions. Heat olive oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook garlic until tender. Stir in cooked chicken, cooked pasta and pesto. Top with almonds before serving.

Grilled Salmon Linguine


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Cavatelli – "Ghavadeels"

Cavatelli: to write or to say the word as it is written is something of an embarrassment. To any Italian American this dish is called “Gah-vah-deels.’ Any Italian American knows that word in the way that they pronounced it. Of course, the correct Italian is “cavatelli ” (Kha-vah-tell-ee). Back in the day, in the 1950’s and 60’s, cavatelli were a special dinner that appeared on the table on special occasions. Cavatelli were not made at home in my house. They came from two very different sources. Most often my father bought the cavatelli from an old time shop in West Philadelphia where he also bought the home made ricotta. In those days the ricotta came in a perforated metal container that was covered in a sheet of plastic held tight by a rubber band. We used to make string line telephones from the cans. The other source of cavatelli was our neighbor, Alfred the tailor, whose wife made them herself

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Step Brothers – Macaroni and Cheese

Brennan Huff is an unemployed 39-year-old living with his mom. Dale Doback is an unemployed 40-year-old living with his dad. But what happens when Mom and Dad decide to get married? These two adult losers will have to tolerate each other’s presence by not only living together, but also sharing a room.

Things shouldn’t get too heated. After all, there are some ground rules.

Rule #1: Brennan is under no circumstances allowed to EVER touch Dale’s drum set. When the temptation is too much for Brennan to handle, it ends with a bat and a golf club.

After the debacle, the boys are given a dreadful ultimatum: get jobs, or be kicked out of the house.

Did we see it coming? Dale and Brennan have more in common than they thought, and the new living situation is the start of a beautiful friendship. They turn their separate beds into bunk beds and share their deepest secrets.

When Brennan’s successful brother, Derek, comes for a visit, th

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The Difference Between Homemade and Jarred Gourmet Pasta Sauce

Is There A Difference Between Jarred and Homemade Sauces?

If you love pasta sauce, then you know there’s a constant debate going on about whether or not jarred pasta sauce is as good as homemade. This is a debate that just goes back and forth, with people choosing one side, and then another. Of course, there are some definite pro’s for the homemade, but there are for jarred sauce as well. Time for a pro’s and cons list.

Pro’s and Cons: Homemade Sauce

Homemade pasta sauce can be the best part of a pasta meal. You sit around your family meal, maybe with some fresh out of the oven garlic bread, and big, juicy meatballs on top of your pasta. Everyone digs in and has a great time. It sounds like a great family meal. The fruits of your endeavor are enjoyed as you finish all the spaghetti on the table. However, homemade sauce takes a lot of time and energy to make! If you’re really making this from scratch, you need

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Classic Macaroni and Cheese

Mac and cheese comes in endless variations. That might seem like an exaggeration, but consider the possibilities, from the shape of the pasta to the combination of cheeses. The addition of meats and vegetables adds even more variations while also making it a one-pot meal. There are so many possibilities, but the most popular way to make mac and cheese simply brings together elbow macaroni, bechamel, and cheddar. That’s an Italian noodle, a French sauce, and an English cheese. This unique combination of foods somehow results in a delicious dish, one that has become an enduringly popular and familiar comfort food. The recipe below will tell you how to make a classic mac and cheese.

This recipe can be made entirely on the stove or baked. If you choose the latter route, preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Or if you simply want to get the top brown and crunchy, stick it under the broiler for a few minutes.


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