Pasta to the Rescue
If there is one dish that has earned for itself a reputation as a
universal favorite, it would definitely be pasta. Pasts can be cooked up
a myriad different ways and is the best food around that can cater to a
wide range of tastes. It can be served as a salad, a main dish and even
as dessert! The possibilities are endless, as are the ingredients that
you can use to accompany the pasta.
Because of this, pasta can be the ultimate dish-to-the-rescue for quick-
fix meals. It is a quick lifesaver when you have surprise guests or when
your teenager decides to hold an impromptu dinner or slumber party with
his friends. Pasta is the easiest dish to prepare in times when you feel
you are too worn out to do any kind of serious, complicated cooking.
Preparing a pasta dish is certainly a better alternative to ordering
takeout or eating out, since the best way towards healthy eating and
living is to always try to prepare your meals yourself.
Variety is the Spice of Life
Always have pasta in your pantry. When you have the time to do the
shopping and the cooking, it is best to stock up. Pasta comes in a
variety of shapes, sizes and colors and because it can be stored for long
periods of time, it is best to buy and stock several different varieties.
You can choose from fettuccine, tagliatelle, bucatini, farfalle, fusilli,
route or sphagetti. Just drop these in a pot of boiling water and you
have pasta ready in minutes. With different shapes and textures, you can
always make each dish look unique and appetizing. It would always seem
that you did a lot of work when in reality; you only prepared the dish in
For emergencies, you can store different sauces in the freezer. On a day
when you find yourself with no other pressing chores, spend some time in
the kitchen preparing batches of different types of pasta sauces. Whether
you choose a marinara sauce or any other variety, you can store these in
clearly labeled containers in your freezer. When you are ready to use it,
it can be easily thawed in the microwave or on the stove until it begins
to boil, which will only take minutes. You can do this while you are
boiling the pasta and when you are ready to eat, your pasta and its
accompanying will be ready to be tucked into.
Bringing out the Crock Pot
If you rarely have the time to work in the kitchen, using a Crock Pot
will be a good way to stock up on sauces for your pasta dishes. Since the
Crock Pot is closed and cooks using low temperatures, it is safe to just
leave it unattended as it cooks, allowing you to go about your work day
worry-free while still getting the cooking done.
Even lasagna is a breeze with the crock pot. Sautee the meat, onion and
garlic and cook the cheese sauce. Layer the meat, cheese, sauce and pasta
in the crock pot and leave to cook for 4-6 hours. Then go about doing
whatever you want. At the end of 6 hours, you have lasagna for an
immediate meal plus plenty more that you can store for emergencies.
What is great about pasta sauces is that they only get better in time.
You will always be the gourmet cook with the flavorful meals - all
prepared with ease. Just don't let anyone in on your little secret.