Being that my husband is from Brazil, he has equal parts of Latin and Italian roots. What does that mean? It means we eat a whole lot of black beans and rice and a whole lot of pasta. Pretty much every meal around here has one of those two as an accompaniment.
Since today is National Pasta Day, let’s focus on the pasta!
If you’re wanting to experiment with true Italian homemade pasta, you can’t beat David’s homemade pasta recipe at Leite’s Culinaria.
Don’t have the traditional “00” flour? No problem! Mario Batali’s recipe for fresh pasta comes together easily with just all-purpose flour and eggs.
A brief history of pasta in the United States
Would you believe that Thomas Jefferson helped make pasta popular in the United States? During a stay in Paris (1784-1789), Jefferson ate some pasta that he called macaroni. . . but it could have been any shape of pasta then.
He enjoyed the dish so much that he brought two cases with him back to the states. But it wasn’t until the late 19th century, when some immigrants relocated from Italy to America, that pasta truly became a common food here in the states. Read more about the history of pasta at The History Kitchen.
And now for some of my favorite pasta recipes!
Spaghetti Carbonara from Damn Delicious
Crispy Lemon Chicken Pasta from Kevin & Amanda
Creamy Garlic Penne Pasta from Sweet Little Blue Bird
Chicken Fajita Pasta from Kevin & Amanda – We make this one almost weekly!
Chicken Parmesan Baked Pasta from Budget Savvy Diva
Creamy Broccoli, Chicken and Bacon Pasta from Julia’s Album
Bacon Mushroom Chicken Pasta from First Home Love Life
Shrimp Scampi from Damn Delicious
Bang Bang Pasta from Kirbie’s Cravings
Ricotta Stuffed Shells from Cooking and Cooking
One Skillet Cheesy Chili Mac by Gonna Want Seconds
Italian Wonderpot by Budget Bytes
Simple Spaghetti Fra Diavolo from Baker by Nature
Buffalo Chicken Pasta from Gal on a Mission
Chicken and Bacon Lasagna Roll-ups from Simply Gloria
Three Cheese Italian Rigatoni Pie from One Little Project
Creamy Spinach Tomato Tortellini from Cooking Classy
Creamy Mushroom Pasta with Caramelized Onions and Spinach from Simply Gloria