An ode to healthy pasta dishes

An ode to pasta

By Catherine on Mon, 03/09/2015 - 18:09
According to Washington Post yesterday, the sales of dried pasta has fallen 6 percent since 2009. The trend is the same all over the western world, even in Italy where the sales of pasta has plummeted by more than 25 percent. There’s mainly two reasons, gluten and carbs. Anti-carb diets have banned pasta as something evil.

When I was a kid, I was probably the only one who didn’t like to eat macaroni and cheese… or for that matter any other type of pasta. The reason could be traced back to my childhood summers in Italy. I don’t remember that much from it, except the food. We stayed at this family owned seaside resort, run by the matriarch of the family.

I remember her as a large, loud and generously warm older woman. She had the firm belief that no meal was complete without pasta, and by that I mean NO meal. We ate pasta for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I can still remember the taste and smell of her breakfast pasta soup, far away from my usual cornflakes and milk. I think my father was the one who handled the situation best. He gladly ate his pasta soup with coffee, toast and bacon. My mother looked like she never wanted to see a bowl of pasta again and it took her forty years before she started to enjoy a nice pasta dish.

So when I grew up I only ate pasta if I had to; it took some time before my mother realized that I didn’t really enjoy mac and cheese, especially since she made it because she believed that I liked it. My Grandma thought that pasta should be cooked in milk and that one didn’t enter my list of favorites either.

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