Versatile in form and flavours, pasta is a classic staple on high rotation for many household menus for very good reasons.
But don’t make the mistake of relegating this ultimate comfort food to winter. Instead, impress your guests (or even just yourself) with these refreshing springtime pasta suggestions that will make anyone say, “Mama mia that is good!”.
The creamy no cream pasta:
Hear us out – for those of you that are dairy-free or vegan, this is the substitute for you. Make like top tier New Zealand chef Nadia Lim who uses a creamy cashew cream sauce in place of dairy alternatives to ensure creamy cravings are satisfied, but dietary requirements are not compromised.
The no fuss fancy pasta:
Instagram foodie favourite @alexskitchenstory makes using highbrow ingredients look easy (and ‘grammable). Alex shows us how sometimes all it takes is one gourmet ingredient like truffle oil to elevate any dish from ooh la nah to ooh la la. She pairs such luxe components with fresh, nutritious partners like fresh mushrooms and herbs.
The non-pasta pasta:
If you were wanting to mix it up, try creating a pasta dish… without the pasta. Scandalo, as the Italians would say. Opt for courgette spaghetti, like that pictured, using the refreshing vegetable in season from October until May. You can also try using kumara or broccoli stems, or purchase readymade options fashioned from lentils and pulses.
This exceptional recipe from Pasta Vera is a delicious way to get through autumn.
400g Pasta Vera Pumpkin, Sundried Tomato & Feta Ravioloni
1-2 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup chopped pecans
1/3 cup finely chopped onion
1-2 tablespoons dried chopped sage or 1/4 cup of chopped fresh sage
3/4 cup dry white wine
2/3 cup cream
1/4 cup parmesan cheese shavings
Fresh sage to garnish
Melt butter in a frying pan over medium heat.
Add pecans and stir until fragrant and slightly darkened in colour (about three minutes). Transfer the pecans into a small bowl.
Add the onion and sage to the same frying pan and sauté until fragrant for 30 seconds. Add the wine and cream and increase the heat, bringing the pan to a simmer until the sauce has reduced for around five minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
In a large saucepan, cook Pasta Vera Pumpkin, Sundried Tomato & Feta Ravioloni in boiling water for three to four minutes.
Serve the sauce over the ravioloni and top with pecans, parmesan shavings and fresh sage.
With the arrival of both expected and unexpected guests at Christmas, or hungry teenagers and uni students returning home for the holidays , Pasta Vera can help take the stress out of feeding extra mouths over the busy festive season.
Pasta Vera’s best-selling homestyle lasagne is a tasty and convenient option, whether families are feeding a larger group with the 3kg trays, a few with the shop’s handy six-pack, or keeping the kids fuelled up in-between meals with factory off-cuts. Choose from a variety of scrumptious flavours including beef, roasted vegetable, smoked chicken or pumpkin, spinach and feta, as well as delicious gluten-free and vegan options.
It’s easy to relax and enjoy a family day out on the beach knowing a good quality nutritious meal is ready for dinner, without spending all day in the kitchen. Trays of macaroni cheese are also available, as well as a fabulous selection of other products, including filled pasta, fresh ribbon-cut pasta, gnocchi, cannelloni, and the ever-popular fresh pesto and hummus. Visit the Pasta Vera factory shop in Wigram and stock up the fridge and freezer to enjoy more time with friends and family over Christmas.
With easy and plentiful parking, the Pasta Vera factory shop on 1/2 Musgrove Close is open on weekdays from 8:30am till 5pm and Saturdays 10am till 2pm. Pasta Vera also offers a popular online fundraising option.
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