“Throw in the pasta” is an Italian expression that essentially means “I’m on my way home.” Just hearing the word “pasta” has me thinking of my favorite Italian recipes. It all starts with the noodle.
Pasta was traditionally made with a combination of wheat flour mixed with water or eggs, then formed into sheets or shapes to be boiled. According to the International Pasta Organisation, there are over 600 different shapes of pasta. Wow! With all the ingredients to mix with pasta, there are endless ways to enjoy it.
Most of us think we shouldn’t enjoy pasta if we are trying to watch our weight. In fact, a new study in the British Medical Journal found low glycemic-index foods, like pasta, digest more slowly, keeping you fuller for longer. This can result in a lower body weight and BMI (body mass index). As always, moderation is key. One half cup of pasta is an appropriate serving size. In Italy, pasta is part of the meal as the first course. It’s eaten before the salad, and is not considered a main dish. I’ve been trying to limit my portion rather than never allowing myself to enjoy pasta dishes.
Lately, I’ve been trying all the new “types” of pasta. As I was standing in the pasta section of the grocery store the other day, I was amazed at the number of different pastas that weren’t made of wheat! They look like the pasta I grew up with, but they are made with all sorts of other ingredients. There are so many different types and brands to try. Find the ones you love. With so many tasty pasta recipes to choose from, you’ll never run out of options. Mangiamo! (Let’s eat!)
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