In this “Mom’s The Word” video from Ragu, they want to know- how do you spice up pasta? For many of us, pasta is the go-to dinner for desparate last-minute meals because it is easy. But, I’ve learned that pasta doesn’t have to be boring.
There are tips in the video below, but here are a few of mine for changing up the way you use pasta:
1) Change The Sauce – It doesn’t always have to be the same “red” sauce, as my kids call it. Try a cheesy sauce for a mac-n-cheese replacement that is a bit healthier. Or use a cream sauce like alfredo, my personal favorite. We also like to add salsa or other garden veges to the pasta sauce – especially when our squash vines were in overdrive!
2) Change up the Pasta – Do you have to boil it? What about baking? Does it have to be straight spaghetti? What about swirly spaghetti or ribbons or shells? (Yes, you can tell I have a toddler. My apologies to the gourmet foodies out there for calling it “swirly” spaghetti.)
3) Add Fresh Herbs and Vegetables – I touched on this above, but why not add your fresh garden produce or latest Farmer’s Market find? Sauteed mushrooms or onions can add a delicious smoky flavor to a pasta dish. We like adding fresh herbs too, as I shared in my basil pesto recipe post, and will sometimes mix a pesto cube into the sauce directly!
Share Your Tips and Win $200!
Mandatory Entry – I’d love to have you share your favorite pasta tips or recipes below. One random winner will be awarded one (1) $200 gift card! So come on – What is your favorite way to spice up your pasta dishes? What is your family secret for delicious pasta meals?
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This giveaway is part of an on-going and compensated relationship with RaguSauce and yes, my children really do call them “swirly spaghetti noodles.”
The winner was Tracy Robertson and she has been contacted.