Heather and I love pasta. I think we could honestly live off of it. Although, if that's really all we ate, we might not live very long! We can't deny that we love our carbs, so it's probably best that we stick with a wide range of food choices. When it comes to pasta, there are so many kinds! For your amusement, I've come up with a list of qualities that make pasta unique and just plain fantastic:
1. Noodles come in all different sizes. For example, spaghetti is long and limber and can wrap around your fork with ease.
2. There is no limit to what you can put on pasta: meat, artichokes, chicken, tofu, vegetables, butter, spaghetti sauce, pesto....you name it.
3. Noodles come in a range of shapes. Like bowties, and tubes. This week's recipe specified using wagon wheel shaped pasta. How fun is that!? The only problem....the wheels can be a bit distracting if you're a kid (or Mandi) who likes to play with food. "Ooo look, I made a wagon. Ooo oo, now I'm eating a bike!"
4. Don't forget tricolor pasta. An artists dream....colorful food!
5. Pasta isn't just made out of one ingredient. There's wheat pasta, buckwheat pasta, rice pasta...and who knows what else! Pasta is just THAT amazing.
6. And then, there's some of the unique names for pasta: Udon, Capellini, Vermicelli (this one sounds a little too much like vermon, for me to actually trust it), Zitoni (a wider version of ziti?). It's just fun trying to pronounce some of the names!
Now, if you didn't like pasta before, and still don't, then you should at least appreciate its diversity. It takes on a multitude of shapes, sizes, colors, and names. Just like people!