Mac Facts: 10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Mac N’ Cheese

Ahh macaroni and cheese, quite possibly the best food ever made. The combination of macaroni, milk, cheese, and seasonings have filled our bellies ever since we were kids and we would do whatever it takes to enjoy a bowl with our family and friends. To celebrate this magnificent meal, here are 10 tips that you may not know about Mac N’ Cheese…


1. Crayola understands our love for macaroni. In 1993, they created a crayon that made colouring our favourite food a lot easier.



2. Nobody knows the true origin of Mac N’ Cheese, but some people believe the first recipe came from southern Italy in the 13th century. It consisted of sheets of lasagne made from fermented dough which were then cut into small squares that were boiled and mixed with grated cheese.



3. Macaroni and cheese connoisseurs (yes, apparently there is such a thing) recommend pairing your delicious, cheesy meal with a glass of Chardonnay.



4. Pick the right pasta. There’s a reason why purists swear by shell pasta and elbow macaroni–these two types have the right amount of surface area for the cheese to hold on to. Long, thin strands like linguine can’t handle the amount of cheese coming their way and are better suited for sauces like tomato and Alfredo.



5. During the end of the Great Depression, macaroni and cheese became a popular food item due to its low cost. It was billed as “the housewife’s best friend, a nourishing one pot meal” and sold 8 million boxes when it was released by Kraft Foods in 1937. The popularity of the food then exploded once again in World War II.



6. Kraft Foods sells more than one million boxes of their Mac & Cheese every day!



7. Adults and children can’t get enough of it. When asked about macaroni and cheese in surveys, they both vote it as one of their favourite foods.

Caucasian boy eating macaroni and cheese


8. Need some mac but don’t want to use a whole pot? No problem. Throw in your favourite type of noodle, some milk, seasonings, and shredded cheese together in a mug to get an easy-to-clean macaroni fix.



9. Baked macaroni and cheese isn’t complete without a generous amount of bread crumbs. They provide a texture that complements the soft, creamy noodles. When you’re making a baked mac at home, try topping it with a mixture of mixing breadcrumbs with thyme for an irresistible dish.



10. The best macaroni and cheese has more than one type of cheese. By combining cheeses that melt well with others that have a signature, rich taste, you get the best of both worlds. That’s why Pasta Pantry picks four high end cheeses, Grana Padano Parmigiano, Pecorino Romano, Ricotta and Asiago, and a healthy amount of heavy cream to give you the best possible plate of cheesy goodness.



Naturally, these tips have probably made you hungry for some a plate of our favourite comfort food. Stop on by and get some of our macaroni and cheese today: $10.49 gets you a small, while $13.95 gets you all of the baked mac you can handle.

Pasta Pantry’s Guide for Gluten Free Dining!

When you think of Italian dining, a few foods come to mind: pounds of endless pasta paired with some savoury sauces, a crunchy Caesar salad, and some mouth-watering meatballs.
Most of us are able to enjoy every item on the menu, but there are some people who might not be able to have all of the home-style meals Pasta Pantry offers. Dealing with allergies and food sensitivities, especially involving gluten, can be hard because not every restaurant is equipped to handle those special diets. To make meals that are gluten free requires careful planning and knowledge into what foods contain gluten, even in trace amounts. Luckily, Pasta Pantry offers delectable alternatives to those who are dealing with gluten intolerances or have celiac disease.

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Pasta Pantry’s gluten free corn pasta is imported from the motherland, Italy. It’s non-GMO, meaning that the pasta is all natural and free of any genetic modifications. You can also enjoy it with either our meat, tomato vegetable, or four cheese sauces, all of which contain no gluten.

Want to complement your meal with a gluten free salad? Past Pantry‘s homemade Italian salad comes with romaine lettuce, cabbage, carrots and tomatoes and topped with our creamy dressing. Our Caesar salads are a popular choice for our gluten free diners. With fresh romaine lettuce and a healthy amount of Parmesan cheese, you’ll be going for seconds while keeping in line with your food needs (don’t worry, we’ll hold on to those croutons!)

caesar salad

We take careful consideration when preparing out meatballs. You’ll still be able to get all kinds of flavour with Pasta Pantry’s blend of pork, beef, and spices. Our meatballs will be the perfect companions to your gluten free pasta plate and Caesar salad!

Finally, clear your schedules, because Pasta Pantry is the main sponsor of the 3rd annual Gluten Free Cravings, Sherwood Park’s only gluten free food sampling fair and expo! For more information, check out the flyer down below. We hope to see you there on June 7th!

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7,000 Facebook Fans Strong!

7,000 fans, we can’t believe it! A big thank you goes out to everyone out there following us on our Facebook page and spreading the word about Pasta Pantry. We’re proud to be able to serve our homemade-style meals to all of the hungry people who have ever walked through our doors or participated in an event we were involved in. Without you, none of this would be possible.

Pasta for the park

Pasta Pantry prides itself on being a staple of Sherwood Park’s growing restaurant scene. Since creating our Facebook page 5 years ago, we’ve been able to showcase some of our best moments with you, including our work with the Gilmore Park Revitalization Fund and the Ronald McDonald House Charity. We’re also grateful of the many friends we’ve made along the way; they’ve taught us that a strong fan base is essential for a business to thrive.

Teaming up with FC Edmonton and Competitive Thread, Sherwood Park’s premier sport testing and development camp, have allowed us to combine our passion of food with our love of sports and the community. We work hard to provide a delicious meal to all of our customers and it’s great to know our efforts are making a difference!

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From everyone here at Pasta Pantry, thank you for all of the memories and the fun times to come! We hope you can stop by soon so we can thank you in person.

If you haven’t liked us on Facebook, what are you waiting for? Check us out here and stay up with everything going on at Pasta Pantry.