Tiramisu or Death By Chocolate…Which Dessert Tray Will You Try?

The Tiramisu and the Death By Chocolate: two desserts that have brought patrons throughout Edmonton, Sherwood Park, and the surrounding area to experience the bold Italian flavours at Pasta Pantry (we’re not putting our Chocolate Brownie in the backseat; it’s just difficult to pit the chocolatey square topped with coconut against these two titans.) Finding a dessert that can satisfy the tastes of a variety of tummies might have been a tough task in the past, but thanks to these Pasta Pantry dessert trays, you’ll never have to sweat this decision ever again.

Because of all the upcoming parties, potlucks and get togethers coming up, we thought we’d showcase two of our most popular trays. Instead of rearranging your schedule to whip up some treats for your next event, let us take that burden off of your hands.

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First up: our delectable Tiramisu. When it comes to a classic dessert like this one, the last thing you want to do is deviate from the traditional recipe. Rest assured, we’ve kept it true to its roots. Made with three stacks of lady fingers that are generously soaked in espresso and lathered in fresh mascarpone cheese, this tiramisu is perfect if you want a treat that isn’t too sweet. We even top it off with a bit of cocoa to complement the robust flavours contained within this delicious dessert. You can grab a slice at Pasta Pantry for$5.95, but if you want to bring some for everyone, a tray can be yours for only $39.95. We portion out 12 large slices, but you can also turn it into 24 in case some people want seconds.

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For fans of chocolate cake, pudding, whipped cream and Skor bits (aka every person on the planet) the Death By Chocolate is sure to be a star at your next event. Similar to the multiple layers that the tiramisu is made out of, we start off by topping a soft, heavenly piece of chocolate cake with the most amazing pudding you’ve ever tried. We then add a healthy amount of whipped cream and cover it with some crumbled Skor bits, only to repeat the process once again. Like the previous dessert, a slice will cost you $4.95 while a tray fit for all of your friends will be only $35. Of course, we could go on and on about how much love and care we take into preparing this treat and how so many people can’t get enough of it, but words can’t compete with this picture:


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We know that picking between these two is next to impossible, but you’re guaranteed to get a fantastic dessert regardless of which option you end up choosing. To order a tray, give us a call at (780) 467-3777. We prefer a 48 hour window so that we can take the time to prepare your tray, but we’ll do our best to accommodate you. In the meantime, follow us on Facebook and Twitter and let us know which one of these Pasta Pantry desserts you’d be interested in trying!

Preparing Pasta at Home: a Pasta Pantry Primer

Call us crazy, but we think pasta and sauce can be enjoyed at any time of the day. Whether it’s lunch, dinner or a late night snack, this combination is responsible for satisfying the cravings of many hungry residents in Sherwood Park and Edmonton that come through our doors. But what if you want to get your pasta fix in the comfort of your own home? Never fear, this guide will show you how you can get that same great Pasta Pantry experience using the same items as your favourite Trattoria.

First things first: the measurements and the ingredients. Because there’s no such thing as portion control when it comes to pasta (it’s guaranteed that as soon as you start making some, you’ll realize it’s not enough, your best best is to make more than you think you need. Making a big batch means you’ll have enough pasta for the whole family; it also means you’ll have multiple healthy meals throughout the week that you can grab at a moment’s notice.


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While you could use store bought pasta and sauce, there’s a much more nutritious option that’ll give you more flavours: our Pasta Pantry pasta and sauce! Each one of our pastas and sauces are homemade: the former is made fresh each and every day from Canadian grown milled durum semolina, while the latter is made using only the best ingredients possible.  We have different varieties of pasta cuts each day, so if you’re interested in a particular type, feel free to give us a call at 780-467-3777 to find out what the pastas of the day are or to make a request.

Once you get that taken care of, you’ll want to boil a big pot of water. Make sure to include a generous amount of salt and oil; these ingredients make a significant difference on the finished product. Salt water gives pasta that distinctive flavour, while a bit of oil helps prevent the pasta from clumping together. When the water it ready, toss your pasta in and let them cook. Depending on how much water and pasta you’re using, cooking times will vary. Your goal should be to get the pasta cooked enough so that it’s slightly firm and gives off a bit of resistance (this is also known as “al dente.”) Once it’s ready, drain the water, apply your favourite sauce, give it a good mix, and enjoy!

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If you’re thinking about having a pasta dinner at home, give us a call ahead of time at 780-467-3777! For a full breakdown of the varieties of pasta and sauces available at Pasta Pantry, go to our Fresh Pasta at Home page. Also, make sure you’re following us on Facebook and Twitter to see more of our delicious eats!

Impress Your Friends with These Italian Words!

As one of our Pasta Pantry mottos go, “when it comes to good food, we’re all Italian at heart.” Food is a great way to learn more about a country’s culture. While we love preparing a variety of foods for you to try, we also love sharing the history behind some of our tastiest items. Today, we’ve picked a few of our favourite items to give you a brief explanation behind their meaning. Bust out one of these words during lunch or dinner with your friends; you’ll instantly become the expert on Italian food, especially when you swing by Pasta Pantry! (for added effect, you can even talk with your hands)

Have you ever tried to describe pasta that’s cooked perfectly? For the true Italian experience, your pasta needs to be slightly firm when eating it. In Italian, this is known as “al dente,” which roughly translates into “to the tooth” in English. When preparing pasta, it’s important to know when this stage occurs. Your pasta will continue cooking after you drain the water; if you leave it in for too long, it’ll become soggy (that’s one of our biggest nightmares besides people buying store-bought sauce).

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When it comes to cheeses, it’s easy to mix things up. Our Pasta Pantry Mac N Cheese uses four different types, including Grana Padano Parmigiano, Pecorino Romano, Asiago, and Ricotta…but what’s the difference between them all? While they might sound like a mouthful, they’re actually quite simple. Grana Padano Parmigiano, which is known to be one of the most popular cheeses to come out of Italy, has a particular grainy texture, whereas Pecorino is a pasteurized salty cheese that comes from sheep’s milk (in fact, pecora means sheep in Italian).

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Perhaps the most versatile of our cheeses, Asiago can be enjoyed both as soft cheese on sandwiches or as a hard cheese to be used for sauces, soups, and salads. Ricotta, the Italian word for “recooked,” is a soft, creamy cheese that comes from cow’s milk. It can be used for things like lasagna and our very own Mac N Cheese, but also for sweet treats like cheesecake!

 

When it comes to Italian desserts, it’s tough to top the mighty tiramisu. Originating from the Italian phrase for “pick me up,” this heavenly dessert made up of lady fingers, mascarpone, and topped with a generous amount of cocoa makes for a treat that can’t be passed up. While we do encourage sharing, you might want to get multiple slices—its truly that good.

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Try out these news words and come to Pasta Pantry today! We’re also on Facebook and Twitter, so make sure you’re following us on those sites for more pasta related news!

Pasta & Sauce: The Greatest Combination of all Time!

When it comes to a simple, yet delicious lunch and dinner, there are few dishes that can compete with a big, beautiful bowl of pasta and sauce. It’s become a popular meal all around the world thanks to the variety of tastes and flavour combinations out there. If you’re looking for an 100% authentic version without having the need to  travel to the motherland, look no further than Pasta Pantry. Inspired by a long-lasting family recipe, our version takes those same classic Italian flavours and makes them available to everyone in the Edmonton and Sherwood Park area.  It’s become a favourite amongst our diners and we’re proud that so many people enjoy it!

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When it comes to picking pasta, we’ve got a few different cuts for you to try. We’ve got twenty different types to pick from and we use 4 or 5 each day. The pasta is made fresh each and every day from milled durum semolina flour that’s grown in Canada. From Lumaconi to Penne to Linguine, we give you a variety of options.  If you’re going gluten free, there’s no need to worry. Not only is our corn pasta non-GMO and imported from Italy, but it’s just as delicious as our other pasta cuts!

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In terms of sauces, you’ve got plenty to choose from. We’ve got the staples like our meat, Alfredo and pesto sauces, as well as some that aren’t as common like our spicy Italian sausage, vegetable tomato and our four cheese! The best part of all? We encourage to mix things up! While there’s nothing wrong with picking a single sauce, feel free to experiment and find your perfect pasta plate. With all of the different combinations available, you can have a different tasting meal each time you come to Pasta Pantry! You can even top things off with a mouth-watering meatball to turn things up another notch! (Check out this post for an in-depth look of how our Pasta Pantry meatballs are made.)

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If these pictures made your stomach rumble, there’s an easy way to fix that problem: come to Pasta Pantry today! Before you stop by and indulge in our wide range of Italian eats, follow us on Facebook and Twitter for all kinds of pasta related news!

Get a Delicious Lunch in 30 Minutes or Less!

Lunch is always a tricky time to get a great meal. Because you’ve only got a short amount of time before going back to work, your choices are limited. Instead of relying on the vending machine for chips or a chocolate bar, why don’t you go out and have a proper lunch? In 30 minutes or less, you can experience an amazing Italian feast that follows the Pasta Pantry motto of “Real Food, Real Fresh, Real Fast!” without breaking the bank.

Once you step in our doors and smell the delicious aromas coming from our Italian foods, you mouth will begin to water. This wonderful selection has been known to bring people all throughout Sherwood Park, Edmonton, and the surrounding area through our doors for a meal that can’t be beat. In case you need some inspiration as to what to get for lunch, we’ve got you covered. Here are a few of our dishes that will have you coming back for more.

You can’t top the classics, especially when it comes to a big beautiful plate of pasta and meat sauce. Our pasta is made in-house every single day and is made from durum semolina flour grown and milled right here in Canada. If you’re a going gluten free, just let us know; we’ve got a special imported pasta from Italy that’s made using corn. It’s non GMO and tastes amazing with each of our sauces. Feeling adventurous? Top it with some meatballs and pair it with a side salad, both of which are gluten free (if you pick our Caesar salad, we’ll hold on to those croutons). If you’re wearing a white shirt, you might want to bring a bib!

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Want to try one of our baked pastas? We’re glad to offer them to all of our hungry patrons. Whether you choose our Pasta Pantry Mac N Cheese or our signature dish, the Pasta Pantry Pasticcio, know that you’re getting a meal that tastes just like home cooking. The mac features  four cheeses: Grana Padano Parmigiano, Pecorino Romano, Ricotta, and Asiago. Paired with a healthy amount of heavy cream and mixed with Cavatappi pasta, it’s got lunch time written all over it.

If you have yet to try out the pasticcio, grab your coworkers and come on down today. Made with an all star line up of cheeses, including Mozza, Rarmigano, Pecorino Romano, Ricotta, and Asiago, we pull out all of the stops to make this dish as delicious as it can possibly be. 
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Of course, lunch wouldn’t be complete with a little dessert. You’ve got three options to choose from: our Death By Chocolate, Tiramisu and/or our Chocolate Brownie (if fact, feel free to grab a few and share them with everyone at work) and regardless of which one you end up picking, you’ll satisfy that sweet tooth.

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Did this post make you stomach rumble? There’s an easy way: come to Pasta Pantry! To see more make sure you check out our other blog posts. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date with everything pasta related. Can’t wait to see you for lunch!