The 6 Cutest Baby Pasta Costumes

Halloween is coming up and everyone is starting to research costume ideas for not only their selves, but their children as well! We decided to put together six perfect pasta costumes that were just too cute not to share.

If you have any great baby costume ideas, or any costume ideas at all, we would love to hear ’em!

Hopefully this halloween we’ll be seeing more pasta inspired baby costumes 😉

Anyway: enjoy!

1) Looks like this baby is trying to eat himself! A fellow pasta lover in the making.
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2) A definite contender for cutest pasta costume.
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3) These parents figured out how to incorporate the stroller into the outfit. Genius!
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4) The classic Mac N Cheese for a instant classic costume.
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5) He looks like he is worried he’ll be eaten!
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6) That’s no baby!
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As a bonus: here is a little bit of lobster to go with your pasta!
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P.S., We are looking to expand our team! Email your resume at “info@pastapantry.net” (no apostrophes)
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Surprisingly Practical Things To Do With Uncooked Pasta

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We all remember making pasta jewelry in elementary school then taking it home to our parents, beaming with pride at our new found artistic talent! They were bonding family moments that were brought on by dried, uncooked pasta!

So we got to thinking: what else can we do with uncooked pasta? Here are a few things that we thought of:

1) Candle or Barbecue Lighter: If there’s a deep candle that needs to be lit, an uncooked spaghetti stick holds a flame easily enough and its long body allows it to reach the deepest of candles.

2) DIY Knife Holders: Get a large container and and pack it full of dried spaghetti and you have yourself a makeshift knife holder. Remove spaghetti to make room for more knives. The same concept could double as a pencil holder for children!

3) Emergency Tooth Picks: If you don’t have a toothbrush or toothpick around, but have some embarrassing food stuck in your teeth, don’t fear! Find yourself some uncooked spaghetti, linguine, or angel hair pasta and get to cleaning.

4) Skewers: Again, don’t rely on them all the time, but in a pinch they work great as skewers.

5) Baking Supports: Use lasagne sheets or spaghetti to start the base of your cake and then remove them once the shape has formed.

6) Of course, Art! Have your children make earrings, necklaces, bracelets, use them in drawings, and so on, with all different types of pasta. Don’t be afraid to experiment! If you’re out of ideas, a quick google will provide you with a ton of neat art and craft ideas that will be fun for the entire family.

Have any suggestions yourself? Let us know!!
    

A Classic Italian Pesto

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Our pesto sticks to the traditional ingredients of fresh basil, garlic, pine nuts, parmesan cheese, and olive oil. Classically, they were grinded together in a mortar & pestle, hence the name ‘pesto’. With this classic line of Mediterranean ingredients, pesto, aside from being delicious, contains a significant amount of vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, protein, flavonoids, and unsaturated, healthy fats.

Here’s a behind the scene photo of our kitchen magicians in action.

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Note: we do sell pesto in 8 oz ($5.95) and 12 oz ($8.95) to be taken home with you. You can use them for your own pasta, mix them with greek yogurt for a great vegetable dip, use it for pizza sauce, or use it as a chicken or fish rub. The possibilities for pesto are massive!

Creamy Italian Salad

Our Caesar salad enjoys a bit of fame here in the Park, but the Creamy Italian Salad deserves some of the love. Sticking to our motto of real food, real fresh, real fast, it is made from scratch daily with fresh romaine lettuce, carrots, tomatoes, purple cabbage, and a creamy Italian dressing. The salad is a healthy gluten free option that is ideal for someone who wants a light delicious meal.

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Don’t forget that you can always put it into a combo. Pair it with a small pasta dish or a soup for 11.95. Our soup is the minestrone, a classic Italian pasta soup that is an original recipe of Margaret Satanove’s.

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Additionally, if you’re looking for some wholesome family fun this weekend, a chance to win $5000, a way to connect and learn more about local businesses, come down to the Party in the Park!

Pick Your Protein


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We have all walked up to the counter and stumbled on what we should add to our preferred pasta. The protein you choose to compliment the sauce and cut can be a daunting decision. That’s why we’re here to help!


You have three proteins to choose from:

Meatballs – Hand rolled daily with 100% homegrown Alberta Beef. We recommend them with a longer cut noodle and a meat or tomato vegetable sauce. Add one for $1.50 or three for $4.00

Chicken Parmigiana – Double baked chicken breast in tomato sauce covered with parmigianio and mozzarella cheese with Italian herbs. Complimentary pairing is the tripoline and alfredo or the four cheese sauce. Price per piece chicken breast is $5.00.

Spicy Italian Sausage – Made by a local producer right in the heart of Edmonton’s little Italy. Complimentary pairing we chose today was the Alfredo sauce with a tiny bit of pesto. These sausages will run about $3.79.

Now, our suggestions are just that, suggestions! Don’t be afraid to mix and match. All our sauces and proteins are good enough that you won’t be disappointed with your choice.

And if you already have a favourite combination, share it with us!

Tiramisu for You!

The Italian word Tiramisu roughly translates to “pick me up” or “lift me up” because one of the main ingredients in the fan favourite dessert is coffee. The dessert traces its origins all the way back to the 1960s in Veneto, Italy.

Aptly described as “sophisticated sin”, our Tiramisu is made with three layers of light and spongey lady fingers that are dipped in espresso coffee (hence “pick me up”). Each layer is smothered in Italian mascarpone cream cheese and then topped with cocoa.

It’s simple, easy, heaven, but with one problem… once you start eating it, it’s impossible to stop.

We do sell Tiramisu by the tray as well. It serves 12, costs $29.95 each, and if you eat the whole thing to yourself, we won’t tell.

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Ask The Expert: With Nathan Satanove

School is just around the corner and this is the time that parents start to feel the time in the day get shorter and shorter with more and more things to do. As a result, some things get left to the wayside, and what often will suffer is meal time.

Fast food drive throughs become common place with the quicker the better, but what you really need is food that is, as we always say, real, fresh, and fast. We also know, however, that you can’t always eat at Pasta Pantry, so Nathan Satanove has provided another great recipe that is quick, easy, and delicious.

Here is a recipe for Pasta and Pizza Buns.

Note: aside from the cheese, you can buy everything necessary at Pasta Pantry to be prepped at home.

Serves 4 hungry teens – Prep/cook time 15min

• 800 grams fresh pasta
• 32 oz meat sauce
• 150 grams cheese of choice
• 4 whole wheat buns

Instructions:

• Preheat oven to 400F.
• Put on a large pot of water to boil.
• Halve buns and place them on a cookie sheet.
• Put one tablespoon of pasta sauce on each bun and spread to cover the entire surface.
• Shred the cheese. (My house prefers Asiago for this dish). Put half aside while using the other half to top the buns.
• On medium heat place pasta sauce in a sauce pan. Stirring often so the sauce does not burn.
• Put a drop of olive oil into the boiling water. Salt water until it tastes of the Mediterranean sea. Then place the pasta in the boiling water. Stir and cover.
• Put the buns into oven.
• When the water comes back to a boil uncover and stir. Strain pasta when its cooked to your desired liking. Fresh pasta cooks faster than dry pasta. Plan 3-4 min total cooking time for fresh pasta to be al dente. Cooking time will vary depending on type of pasta.
• Strain pasta in a colander over the the sink shaking it well to drain all the water.
• Place pasta directly into the sauce pan and toss gently covering the pasta.
• Sprinkle the remaining cheese onto the pasta while not forgetting to remove the buns from the oven.

Now on your way to soccer practice there is only one thing to worry about.

“Did I turn the oven off?”

The Perfect Pasticcio

Everyday we make our pasta fresh, from scratch, and every day, the perfect Pasticcio is born and eaten!

A Pasticcio (sometimes spelled pastitsio or pastichio) is a baked pasta dish using a variety of different pasta cuts, sauces and cheeses.

 

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Our Pasticcio uses a mixture of short pasta cuts, comes in three different homemade sauces (meat, hot italian sausage, and vegetarian) and is baked with kilos of Mozza, Parmigano, Pecorino Romano, Ricotta, and Asiago.

Choose a small Pasticcio plate for $9.95, or an all you can eat large for $12.95 with your choice of sauce. The Pasticcio can be made gluten free for those on a non-gluten diet.

You could even match it with a salad for $13.95!

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So what are you waiting for? It’s no secret why the Pasticcio is so well loved around Sherwood Park.

Easy Linguini

We at Pasta Pantry know you can’t always be eating out and sadly, you sometimes have to eat at home or even do your own cooking! Well, that is why we asked our resident pasta expert and owner Nathan Satanove for a quick and easy recipe to make your own mouthwatering pasta.

Now you can have real food, real fresh, real fast without leaving the comfort of your own home.

Easy Linguini

To start, gather these ingredients before hand:

• 600 grams fresh PASTA PANTRY Linguini!
• Slice 4 Bell Peppers
• Slice 1 onion
• Crush 1 garlic clove
• 1 1/2 tbsp of Olive Oil
• Pinch of salt & pepper
• Freshly grated Parmesan cheese

And here are the directions:

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Heat a large skillet with the Olive Oil. Add salt to the water. It should taste like sea water.

Add onions & garlic sauté for 2 minutes • Add the sliced peppers – stir often.

Season with salt and pepper • Add Linguini to salted boiling water.

Please note, our Linguini cooks very fast!

Once the water comes back to a boil, your pasta is finished. It should feel firm, not crunchy, when you bite down with your front teeth.

Drain pasta and give it a quick rinse with cool water.

Add pasta to skillet tossing it gently to mix in vegetables.

Sprinkle on the Parmesan, break some bread and Buon Appetito!