5 (More) Surprising Health Benefits of Pasta!

We’ve already established that pasta is the the most perfect food on the planet (okay, sometimes garlic takes the top spot, but we can’t help it!) It’s no wonder why this Italian staple has become a worldwide hit. Pasta is a cost effective and filling meal and the endless amount of sauces and entrees give you no excuses to feast on a plate of the good stuff!

While most people believe pasta is strictly a comfort food, there are also a number of health benefits associated with this amazing dish. We’ve outlined five fantastic reasons why you should be having more pasta in the pas-ta (we love a good pasta pun) but here are five more reasons why you should pile your plate to the sky with pasta.

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1. Pasta Helps with Hair Growth!

Whole wheat pasta is packed with folic acid, one of the many B vitamins our body needs for everyday functions. This is important because we can’t make them independently unlike other vitamins. As such, our bodies need to find an outside source to get in our system. Folic acid promotes the growth of healthy, colourful hair; conversely, a lack of folic acid can lead to poor hair growth and even grey hair.

 

2. Pasta Contains Every Athlete’s Secret Weapon for Recovery!

Pasta is rich in potassium, which can help you with everything from lowering your blood pressure to making sure you aren’t having cramps or muscle pains. There’s a reason why athletes have relied foods like pasta and bananas in their diet. It makes sure the body is working at an optimal level before, during, and after a game or a workout.

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3. Manganese Manages Your Blood Sugar!

While not many people are aware of manganese, it’s effects on the body shouldn’t be ignored. This mineral helps with the metabolization of carbohydrates while also keeping your blood sugar stable.

 

4.  Pasta Will Make You See Better!

Having difficulty with seeing and reading? Maybe your need more Vitamin A in your system. Vitamin A helps with proper eye development. It also assists in the growth of your bones, teeth and skin.

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5. An Easy Way to Sneak Vegetables Into Your Diet!

We all know someone who has trouble including veggies in their diet. Whether it’s a picky eater or someone who isn’t sure what vegetables combinations work together, pasta can be a great way to experiment and try new flavours. Paired with a vegetable sauce or even a dollop of pesto transforms pasta into an even healthier meal!

We bet these five pasta health benefits have made you hungry; that’s why we’ve got the deal of the century for you to take advantage of. Pasta Pantry’s small unbaked pasta can be yours for $8.49, while $11.95 gets you as much pasta as you can handle. Make sure you stop by and let us know how the food is on Facebook and Twitter!

Check Out Our Chicken Parmigiana!

As far as Italian dishes go, the Chicken Parmigiana is tough to beat. With it’s blend of herbs and spices, this succulent and tender chicken breast is cooked to perfection in a bath of tomato sauce and piled high with mozzarella and other cheeses. We know how much the hungry people of Sherwood Park and Edmonton want a delectable meal right out of Italy—that’s why we’re proud to showcase this delicious entree.

Pasta Pantry’s organic chicken breasts are fresh and never frozen. They’re also free of any hormones, additives, and any of those other nasty byproducts. We do this for two reasons: to give you the best tasting food possible and to support local butchers and farmers. The last thing we would ever do is sacrifice the quality of foods that come into the restaurant. Every item on the menu, from the pastas and the sauces to the meats and even the dessert, is part of the Pasta Pantry experience. It’s also the basis of our motto: “Real Fresh, Real Food, Real Fast!”

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As the chicken cooks, it sits in a sauce of tomatoes and herbs in order to absorb the flavours. The finished product is a juicy piece of chicken that can be enjoyed by all! If you want something a little different, try it as a sandwich!

But it wouldn’t be a true Italian outing if you just had our Chicken Parmigiana. Pair it with one of our famous pasta and sauce combos or even with our signature Caesar salads…the combinations are endless! Whichever option you choose, know that you’re guaranteed a meal full of flavour and excitement!

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Stop by Pasta Pantry today and try our Chicken Parmigiana! At only $5.25 per piece, you’ll get a mouth full of wonderful eats! In the meantime, follow us on Facebook and Twitter to stay in the loop with everything going on at Pasta Pantry!

Dinner Just Got a Whole Lot Easier

We know the feeling. You come home after work and you’re exhausted. You don’t even want to think about making dinner because you need to catch your breath. Preparing all that food, cooking it at the right temperature, and getting it ready for the family takes a lot of energy. Not only that, but you have to deal with those picky eaters. Who’s got time to do all that work?

But what if there was an easier way? What if someone else did all the work for you? Could you imagine if the only thing you had to do is place a delicious tray in the oven? Thanks to Pasta Pantry’s Prepared Trays, this is now a reality.

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Our trays are made fresh using the best pasta in our restaurant. Using a variety of different pasta cuts, we’ll make sure your homemade tray is nutritious and full of amazing Italian flavours!

How does it work? It’s simple! Just give us a call ahead of time so we can get it ready for you. Once you pick up your tray from Pasta Pantry and bring it home, preheat the oven for 350°. The cook time will depend on the size of the tray; a 6-10 serving tray will sit in the oven for 1 hour, while our 15-20 serving tray will take anywhere between 1 1/2 to 2 hours.

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Remove the foil lid and give the inside of the lid a good spray (PAM or a similar product works best) and replace it. Once that’s complete, place the tray on a shallow pan or cookie sheet and bake the tray with the cover on and let it cook. Make sure you keep an eye on that tray—check the small tray after 45 minutes and the large tray after an hour and 15 minutes).

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After the cheese gets nice and melted, take off the lid and let it brown for about 5 minutes. Replace the cover and remove the tray from the oven and let it cool for a few minutes. After that, get the family together and dine on some of the best pasta Sherwood Park has to offer! There’s also the option of us cooking the tray for you, so all you have to do is swing by before dinner and pick it up.

Did this post make you hungry for a Pasta Pantry tray? Give us a call at 780 467 3777 and let us know if you’re interested in a tray. Also, stay up to date with everything going on at Pasta Pantry by following us on Facebook and Twitter!

Keep Cool With Our Summer Drinks!

Now that we’re approaching the middle of the summer season in Edmonton and Sherwood Park, we’d like to showcase all of the great drinks we have at Pasta Pantry! Whether you want something hot or cold to enjoy with your meal, we’ve got plenty of options to choose from.

 

First things first: our Pasta Pantry hot drinks! Whether you’re in the mood for a coffee, cappuccino, latte, tea or espresso, Pasta Pantry’s pick me ups will be the perfect pairing with your delicious meal! (sidenote: have you ever wondered why people have hot beverages over a cold one, even if it’s a scorching day outside? According to researchers, when you have a hot drink, your body’s sweat mechanisms kick in, making you feel slightly cooler than before!) Pasta Pantry’s hot drinks are brewed with a Nespresso, giving you the most delicious drink possible. Both our coffees and teas are $1.75, while our espresso is $2.75. Our cappuccinos and lattes are both $3.75

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Thinking about something cold? No problem! Pasta Pantry also has beverages that are kid-friendly. We’ve got cans and bottles of pop for $1.99 and $2.25, respectively; if you’re feeling adventurous, you can also try our bottomless fountain pop, which goes for $1.99. But what about if you want to sip some milk with your hearty lunch or dinner? We know how much the little ones love milk, that’s why we’ve added it to the menu. $1.99 gets you a carton of the good stuff!

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Pasta Pantry also carries a a wide range of drinks only for adults. Whether you’re in the mood for a beer or a glass of wine, our selection is sure to satisfy your tastes. Our house wines are always changing, so make sure you give us a call to find out what we currently have. For beers, we carry Heineken, Peroni, Coors Light, Canadian and Kokanee, all for $5.25. Our wine prices vary by the size: a 6oz glass goes for $5.95, while a 1/2 litre and bottle are $12.95 and $23.95, respectively.

Did these drinks make you want to quench your thirst? Come to Pasta Pantry and try our selection today! In the meantime, make sure you’re following us on Facebook and Twitter!

10 Tiramisu Tips That Will Blow Your Mind!

Don’t you think it’s time to have a Pasta Pantry tiramisu? If you haven’t tried one yet, you’re in for a treat. We like to call it “sophisticated sin” for a reason: it’s the perfect combination of lady fingers, mascarpone, and cocoa and is a great alternative if you’re craving a dessert that isn’t too sweet.

After reading this post, you’ll discover ten new tips about the famed Italian dessert (we apologize in advance if these pictures make you start drooling!)

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1. The English translation of “tiramisu” is “pick me up,” probably due to the caffeine from the espresso.

2. The secret to a true tiramisu? Mascarpone! Most people use regular cream cheese, but in order to get the real deal, you need to try is with this Italian specialty. If you can’t find marscarpone in the grocery store, try your nearest Italian store.

3. Try swapping those ladyfingers with sponge cake! Although we prefer going with the tried and true method of using ladyfingers, sponge cake can work if you’re in a pinch.

4. Those ladyfingers need time to absorb all of those wonderful flavours. Make sure you give it a few hours in the refrigerator or better yet, let it sit overnight.

5. It’s not a tiramisu unless there’s cocoa powder involved! Once you’ve layered those ladyfingers, top your tiramisu with a generous amount of cocoa!

6. Stale ladyfingers should be used instead of fresh ones. This is because the fresh ones tend to become soggy when they absorb the liquids in the tiramisu.

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7. Cut the sugar! An Italian tiramisu uses less sweet stuff than the desserts most of us are accustomed to having.

8. Alcohol isn’t always needed! Many purists believe rum transforms a tiramisu, but it’s not essential if Always err on the side of caution when adding wine or rum to your tiramisu and let your guests know in advance. (Don’t worry, our Pasta Pantry tiramisu is alcohol free and can be enjoyed by all!)

9. Experiment with different liquids! While it’s hard to drop the espresso, some people have had great results with lemon and strawberry juice for a refreshing alternative.

10. Want to take your tiramisu up another notch? Try adding some zabaglione! It’s a classic Italian dessert made with egg yolks and sugar and it has the power to add an extra dimension to an already delicious dish!

Are those ten tiramisu tips making you hungry? If so, why don’t you stop at Pasta Pantry today? We make our tiramisu daily and pride ourselves on supplying the hungry people of Edmonton and Sherwood with a fantastic series of Italian delights! $4.95 gets you a big slice of the best tiramisu you’ve ever had. If you’re thinking about having some tiramisu for your next party or event, give us a call ahead of time if you’re interested in a 12 person tray for only $35. We generally portion out 12 generously sized pieces, but you can just as easily turn them into 24 squares so everyone gets a piece.