Food during the holiday is a sentimental memory of tradition, passed on from generation to generation. Changing an authentic dish to a less traditional counterpart is not acceptable in a traditional Italian home and I stand by the testament of time, “if it’s not broke, don’t fix it!” My Italian heritage shines through me during the holidays, and traditional, authentic Italian Pasta is served up in Cucina Vento. The center of any holiday is the food, the family spirit, the art of hosting a fun time together without stressing and of course pasta lets me create awesome simple recipes. While a part of tradition is sentiment, my moments of stirring the pot, and sauce creation, let me recall those moments when I was in the kitchen with my grandmother and watched her work her magic on her cook-top. Sentiment, food, celebration, and reviving recipes handed down through the generations are all part of why pasta makes holiday meals great. I know my cousins in Maryland, Harrisburg, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh are all preparing the same way. Are you ready to lavishly live food out loud and celebrate the season as we pass the bowl of pasta and have a mealtime moment?
Why Pasta Makes Holiday Meals Great
Here is my simple meal, prepared with prime ingredients to celebrate the holidays and guess what, your food can turn out just like mine, because you can choose any pasta in your local grocery store. For this recipe, I used this particular combination, but don’t let my brand choice of the week stop you, from picking your favorite brand.
I prepared a very simple sauce and boiled pasta, which turned out perfectly al dente. Simple preparation, stellar results that is why pasta makes holiday meals great but pasta makes holiday meals great for many other reasons and life captured in a photo tells us how!
- 1 Pound of your favorite Pasta Cut
- 1 Box of Strained Tomatoes
- 1/2 C of Fresh Grated Cheese
- 3 Tbsp Of Olive Oil
- 1 tsp of Sugar
- 3 Cloves of Freshly Minced Garlic
For The Pasta
- In a pot, boil your pasta, keep it al dente - following package directions to achieve, strain, toss with a tablespoon of olive oil to keep it from sticking together and place aside in large bowl.
For The Sauce
- In a large skillet, place olive oil and garlic, allowing to slightly brown, add in the box of strained tomatoes, sugar, stir and allow to simmer for about 5 -10 minutes. Stir and remove from heat.
- Toss pasta with the fresh sauce, and add the fresh grated cheese and serve while warm.
- Refrigerate any leftovers
There is nothing like a delicious bowl of pasta that is not overdone with sauce allowing the al dente pasta to provide a rich, hearty taste. Mmm.
Enough about my pasta, enough fork turning, spoon twirling pasta action, whip out that smart phone, capture a photo of the pasta bowl in front of you, in front of a stranger or wherever, just head on over to Facebook, and post the photo you took with the hashtag I gave you and let’s make a difference this year with a jolly old bowl of pasta! I guess you now know Why Pasta Makes Holiday Meals Great. Lavishly live the holiday season out loud with fabulous pasta.