Pasta & Salad Combo

Looking for a healthy, light, yet filling option that is affordable? We have the perfect combo for you! Our pasta and salad combo comes with your choice of any pasta and any salad for $11.95 ($2.00 extra if you want a baked pasta like Pasticcio or Mac N’ Cheese).

This combo is a fantastic choice for lunch, but is ready to go for purchase at any time of the day. You can also order it to go and not waste a second of your busy day.

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So grab a plate of penne with alfredo sauce and a caesar salad (or some other variation) and it will come out to only $11.95 and you’ll be left feeling completely satisfied without breaking the bank.

Just another in the long list of excuses to make your way down to the Pasta Pantry where we are always serving up real food, real fresh, real fast.

For more information, feel free to call us at 780-467-3777. See you soon!
    

Some New & Some Old Facts About Pasta Pantry

You already know how delicious the food is, how amazing our team is, and most importantly, that we have the best customers in the world, but what else do you know about Pasta Pantry? Here are some facts about the Pasta Pantry and we’re willing to bet there’s a couple you didn’t know! A few may even surprise you!

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Pantry Pantry has been around for 22 years.

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We make our sauces from scratch every single day.

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Over a million pounds of pasta have been served and eaten in our store.

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Pasta Pantry has been donating to the food bank for many, many years.

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Pasta Pantry sponsors the Strathcona County Girls and Boys Club.

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We also sponsor the Edmonton Oil Kings.

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The restaurant has produced two marriages and one child!!

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Just because we make pasta, doesn’t mean we can’t cater to vegetarians or celiacs. We have something for everyone :).

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The Sherwood Park Chamber of Commerce once awarded Pasta Pantry a business award for “long time service & legacy”. Thanks Sherwood Park!

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Three cars have driven THROUGH the store! Three!

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That our food is and always will be the epitome of “REAL FOOD, REAL FRESH, REAL FAST”.

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We were named best pasta in Sherwood Park by Sherwood Park News’ 2014 contest Best Eats In The Park!

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Which didn’t you know? Which did you? Any we didn’t include that YOU know about the Pasta Pantry?

Let us know on our Twitter or Facebook page! We would love to hear from you!

Thank You For All Your Support

We at the Pasta Pantry are constantly humbled and appreciative about the response we get from the online community and their continued support of our online activities. It keeps us motivated to keep bringing you the best pasta content on and off your plate.

Four years ago, we started the Facebook page and have been growing an online community around our modest restaurant ever since. It simply is shocking to see how large our little page is getting and the milestones we are quickly hitting.

Speaking of milestones, we just hit 5000 page likes!!!!!!

If you haven’t already visited and liked our Facebook page, you can find it HERE.

Thank you for all your love and support!

10 Pasta Tips To Take Home

At the Pasta Pantry we make our pasta from scratch daily, but in the unfortunate event that you cannot get our pasta, and you are stuck with dried, store-bought pasta, we thought you could use some tips. So here are 10 tips you can take home with you to improve your daily pasta.

1) Generously salt your pasta water. Do not add salt to the sauce. Your salt water should taste almost like seawater.

2) Do not let your pasta dry off. Drain the water, but don’t let it sit. It will start to stick together if you do.

3) Don’t rinse your pasta after draining unless you are making cold pasta. The starch and salt on the cooked pasta is crucial to the flavour and richness of a good pasta.

4) Save the pasta water. Add a spoonful of it to your sauce after you have mixed the cooked pasta into it. This will help the sauce adhere to the cooked pasta and will improve each bite!

5) Read the water to pasta ratio on the box. It does matter. Having too much water increases the boiling point and can lead to the pasta being cooked too long and being overdone.

6) A perfectly cooked pasta is a little hard to the tooth. If it sticks to your gums, it is overdone.

7) Taste your pasta while it is cooking early and often. It is the only way to be sure.

8) Different sauces go with different pasta shapes. Longer pastas like capellini or spaghetti get thinner sauces and shorter pastas like penne go with thicker sauces.

9) Quality pasta matters. The best store-bought dried pasta is 100% durum wheat semolina.

10) ENJOY!

Alternatively, you can skip the whole process and come to the Pasta Pantry every day 🙂

The Meatball!

With all the FIFA fervour that is going on, and all the soccer balls flying around, we wanted to highlight the best ball around: the meatball!

It’s the ultimate topping and the perfect addition to any dish. They’re hand-rolled daily with homegrown Alberta beef.

These bad boys will cost you $1.50 each, but of course you can’t just eat one, so we were nice enough to offer you a deal at three meatballs for $4.00

If you want to impress your friends, the Italian word for a meatball is “polpetta”!

Note: our meatballs are gluten free!

Summer Sangria Fun

Hope everyone’s Canada day was amazing! Summer seems to now be in full force in Edmonton and the surrounding area and we’re really going to feel it this week with highs of 20 and above! What is the best way to deal with the summer heat? Well, with a nice, ice-chilled backyard summer sangria of course! Summer is all about letting loose, enjoying friends, family, and the sun!

Here’s a recipe provided by our very own Nathan Satanove!

“Sangria is a wine punch that consists of chopped fruits, white or red wine and served on ice. Sangria originates from Spain, but it is widely enjoyed throughout the Mediterranean and in my case, the back yards of Sherwood Park.

• A big pitcher

• 2 cups of ice

• One bottle of chilled wine (your choice) We like Pinot Grigio or a Sauvignon Blanc.

• Slice one orange, lime, kiwi, strawberries, blueberries so on and so forth. Add all the fresh fruit you desire. The more the better!

• 1/4 cup sugar

• 2 oz brandy (optional)

• 1/2 litre of soda water or if you have a sweet tooth use ginger ale

• Pour wine into the pitcher over the ice and squeeze the juices from the orange and lime into the wine. Add brandy if desired. Then toss in all of the berries and other desired fruits. Add the sugar and top off with the soda.

Don’t be shy, invite a neighbour over to enjoy this flavourful wine concoction.

Sangria is great along side a pasta, salad or served with cheeses and bread.

Sangria can be made for the kids as well by substituting the vino for a mixture of 7-up and Ginger ale.”

So, what are you waiting for? Time for some summer sippin’ backyard fun! Enjoy!

The Sauciest of Pasta Pantry Sauces

In the last blog post, we went over 10 things you probably didn’t know about pasta. One of these interesting tidbits of information revealed that tomato sauce wasn’t added to pasta until the 1700’s! Now, there are a large and varied list of different pasta sauces to enjoy! Let’s take a look at the difference sauces the Pasta Pantry has to offer. What’s your favourite?

Meat:
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Spicy Italian Sausage:
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Tomato Vegetable:
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Four Cheese:
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Alfredo:
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10 Things About Pasta We Bet You Didn’t Know

We at the Pasta Pantry love everything about pasta, and we assume you do too, so we thought we would share 10 crazy facts that you probably don’t know about the food you thought you knew and you love.


1) There are over 310 pasta shapes known by over 1300 different names!

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2) The average person in the United States eats 15 pounds of pasta a year.

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3) The average person in Italy eats 51 pounds of pasta a year.

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4) In Singapore, the word for “noodles” is “meat”.

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5) Thomas Jefferson brought the first Macaroni machine to America in 1789.

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6) The pope once set the quality standards for pasta.

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7) While pasta may go as far back as 500 BC, it wasn’t until the 1700’s that tomato sauce was added.

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8) October is the National Pasta Month.

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9) The black (or grey) pasta you sometimes see is made with… SQUID INK!

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10) “Al dente” pasta means literally “to the tooth” because the pasta should be a bit firm to your tooth, but still tender.

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Best Eats in The Park

We’re extremely humbled to have been voted best pasta in Sherwood Park by the people of the Park! Thanks so much to everyone who voted in Sherwood Park News’ Best Eats in The Park Contest this year, and congratulations to all the other winners who help make Sherwood Park a thriving location for cuisine. All winners can be seen in the image below!

And don’t forget that Sherwood Park’s annual gluten-free fair Cravings is taking place this Sunday, June 8th! We’ll be there serving gluten-free Pasta Pantry Mac and gluten-free Caesar Salad.