How To Make Sure Everyone Has a Good Time!

Cater Your Summer

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Summertime celebrations can be enjoyed by everyone when the events are catered.  If you have a crowd for Canada Day or if you are celebrating an engagement or family reunion, we can make your party memorable with fresh food and great service. At any get together you can imagine, the trick to make sure everyone has a good time is good food and a relaxed host!

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We offer service right to your table; with a few days notice, you can pick and choose your favourite dishes and we will deliver it right to your door.  If you order off of the catering menu, our charge begins at $20 for delivery and is adjusted depending on your location. If you want to pick up the trays hot and ready to serve, you have the choice!  Great food is our contribution to making your celebration a success.  We’ll take care of the details: paper plates, forks, knives, napkins and salt and pepper – all you have to do is enjoy!

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Find Your Option

Our trays come in a variety of sizes and options.  Combinations for menu choices ensure that there is a menu item to suit every taste.

  • Pasticcio:  Available in 1-2, 6-10 or 15-20 serving size trays.  
  • Mac N’Cheese or Baked Penne Alfredo: Available in 6-10 or 15-20 size serving trays.
  • Entrees like Chicken Parmesan and Italian Sausage are individually priced and Meatballs are sold by the dozen; pick a variety of entrees to suit your taste.
  • All of our sauces – Meat Sauce, Hot Italian Sausage, Tomato Vegetable, Alfredo and Four Cheese – come in 8-32 ounce quantities.  

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Start With Salad & Don’t Forget Dessert!

Complement your pasta with caesar or green salad, white or whole wheat buns and top off the meal with desserts like Tiramasu, Chocolate Coconut Brownie or Death by Chocolate.  Enjoy the food and, even better, enjoy the celebration while not having to cook the meal!  Whatever special events your summer has in store, we are able to provide you with flexible and delicious menu options.  Check out our catering menu and give us a call to place your order.

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Travel the World with Our Pasta Salad Recipes

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Homemade fresh pasta: the perfect addition to any pasta salad recipe

Good quality pasta can make a difference to any dish. At Pasta Pantry we are pleased to offer a wide variety of fresh pasta that can be incorporated into your favourite pasta salad recipes. Our short pasta includes cavatappi, fusilli, penne, radiatore, rizatone, rotelle, shells and ziti. Long pastas include angel hair, buccatini, fettucine, mafalda and spaghetti. We also have specialty pastas such as lasagna sheets (which are also great for canneloni and ravioli), tortellini and gnocchi. Let us know what your menu needs are and we will be happy to provide!

Pasta salad is a great addition to any barbecue or picnic. We are all familiar with macaroni salad but why not try some of these regionally inspired pasta salads for an added punch to your menu.

Sicilian Pasta Salad
1 lb. penne or shell pasta
3 Tbsps white balsamic vinegar
1 cup of cherry tomatoes
1 medium head of radicchio
1 cup of mixed pitted olives
1 cup of crumbled ricotta cheese
-Boil pasta till al dente (approximately 10 minutes)
-While pasta is cooking, whisk ⅓ cup extra virgin olive oil and vinegar. Add remaining ingredients.
– Drain pasta, season with salt and pepper. Toss to combine.

Greek Pasta Salad
12 ounces fusilli pasta
1 seedless cucumber Lemon Oregano Dressing
2 plum tomatoes ⅓ cup fresh lemon juice
2 roasted red peppers 1 tsp Dijon mustard
½ small onion ½ tsp dried oregano
¼ cup pitted Kalamata olives ½ small garlic clove
1 cup crumbled feta cheese ⅓ cup extra virgin olive oil
½ cup Lemon Oregano Dressing
-Boil pasta, combine ingredients in a bowl, add salt and pepper, toss to mix

Southwest Pasta Salad
12 ounces penne or macaroni
1 red bell pepper
1 large sweet onion
1 avocado
¼ cup chopped cilantro
1 to 2 jalapeno chilies
1 cup low fat mayonnaise
1 cup salsa
1 Tbsp fresh lime juice
½ tsp salt
-Cook pasta and drain. In a large serving bowl combine pasta, tomatoes, bell pepper, onion, avocado, cilantro and jalapeno. For dressing; whisk together mayonnaise, salsa, lime juice and salt. Add to pasta mixture and toss gently.

What did you think of these pasta salad recipes?  Let us know on Facebook and Twitter and feel free to send us your summer favourites!

Every Penne Helps: A Fundraiser for the Firefighters

 

Every Penne Helps

 
Strathcona County Firefighters and the Pasta Pantry are raising funds for the Fort McMurray Firefighters Association Relief Fund.

 

May 14 from 11 am to 1 pm @ Pasta Pantry

 

Join us in supporting the Fort McMurray Firefighters Association Relief Fund by making a minimum $10 donation for a plate of penne. We’re got live music and a big fire engine for the kids to check out! Come enjoy the beautiful weather and support this important cause.

Enjoy Patio Season with These Summer Recipes!

Warm days, endless nights and time spent with family and friends are just some of the reasons why we love this time of year. Of course, we can’t forget forget to include our other summer love: delicious food! If you are looking for tasty and simple mediterranean inspired refreshments, we’ve got two Italian staples that need to be enjoyed during the summer season.

Sangria, a wine punch enjoyed in Spain and Portugal has become known throughout the world as a refreshing drink to enjoy in hot summer weather. Although it may sound like a tough drink to make, this simple, yet popular party beverage can be made in a flash. Whether you prefer making it with white wine, red wine, or even wine-free,  it’s sure to be a favourite with your guests. But this is no ordinary sangria recipe. In order to make this the best summer yet, we’ve called upon our very own Nathan Satanove to provide his personal tried and true recipes that has been a hit amongst his friends and family.

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Ingredients:

To make sangria, you’ll need the following ingredients:

  • A big pitcher
  • 2 cups of ice
  • One bottle of chilled wine (we recommend using Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc, but feel free to use your favourite variety of wine)
  • 1 orange, sliced, 1 lime, a kiwi, strawberries, blueberries, and any other fresh fruits you desire
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 2 oz. brandy (optional)
  • ½ litre or soda water or ginger ale for a sweeter taste

Steps:

First, place the ice into the pitcher and pour the wine over it. Squeeze the juice from the orange and lime into the pitcher and add the brandy if desired. Toss in the rest of your fruits, add sugar and soda, give it a good stir, and enjoy!

 

Pair it with Bruschetta!

Looking for an appetizer to complement your sangria? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. There’s only one food that should be paired with this delicious drink: bruschetta!

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Ingredients:

Here’s what you’ll need to make this Pantry Pantry approved bruschetta:

  • One baguette, thinly sliced (Pro tip: when buying your baguette, ask for it to be cut. This will save you some time at home and ensures that each piece will be uniform).
  • 8 oz. pesto (which you can pick up here along with a variety of our other homemade sauces).
  • 2 ripe tomatoes
  • Parmigiana cheese
  • Balsamic reduction

Steps:

Spread the pesto on the baguette slices and top with diced tomatoes. Afterwards, sprinkle the baguettes with Parmigiana, drizzle with balsamic reduction and enjoy!

 

What did you think of these summer recipes that are sure to be crowd pleasers? Let us know on Facebook and Twitter and feel free to send us your favourite summer recipes!