Pasta is a staple in most American homes and enjoys a long history in many forms. Sometimes boiled, sometimes baked, covered in sauce, in a soup–there are a great many ways to enjoy pasta.
Read the history of pasta here
Pasta’s popularity is easy to understand. It’s easy to prepare, takes on many flavors and varieties, and can be a healthy boost to your meals, when prepared properly.
Learn about the health benefits of pasta here.
In addition to it’s ease of preparation, pasta can be used as a quick meal, a side accompaniment, and can be dressed for the most fancy of occasions. A simple macaroni and cheese can be loaded with vegetables to boost the health. Spaghetti sauce, with a bounty of vegetables added, atop a mound of whole grain pasta is a very hearty dish, while pasta shells, decorated with small pieces of vegetables and spritzed with a light garlic dressing will shine at your next luncheon.
Grocery stores host a large variety of pastas, but the best are found in your own kitchen, where you are free to add herbs or vegetables to your base pasta recipe and create a custom pasta to host your sauces and additions.
Once you’ve practiced the basic, experiment with the many variations.
Homemade Vegan Pasta
2 cups flour (your choice of types, white wheat or whole wheat pastry flour work very well)
1 tsp salt
1 cup of water (more or less, according to need)
Mix the salt into the water. Add the water to the flour, a small amount at a time, until it forms a kneadable dough. Knead a few minutes, until smooth. Cover and let rest 10 minutes.
On a floured board, roll dough very thin or use a pasta machine to roll. Cut into desired shapes. Use fresh or dry to store.
**Variations: Blend in your choice of seasonings such as 2 T well drained spinach, garlic powder and basil, or perhaps vegetable powder. As we add recipes, you’ll gain more ideas to try!
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