Our Favourite Italian Pick-Me-Ups

Dessert tastes better with a cappuccino, espresso or latte!

Have you explored our menu? At Pasta Pantry we are known for our homemade pasta –  real, fast and fresh – and we pride ourselves on being ‘Italian At Heart’. Our menu includes many Italian favourites; soups and salads, desserts and drinks. Some of our favourite Italian items are found on the drink list! Try these classic caffeinated pick-me-ups next time you are in for dinner, dessert or both!

Facts about Italian Coffees

The cappuccino was first made in the early 1900s, shortly after the popularization of the espresso machine in 1901.

Because it is considered an essential part of Italian’s daily life, espresso is regulated by the Italian government.

One shot of espresso requires 50 coffee beans.

The term for latte as used in English is a shortened form of the Italian caffè latte, caffelatte or caffellatte, which means “milk coffee”.

On average, Italians drink at least 2 coffee beverages a day – one with breakfast and one with lunch – minimum!

Our Top 10 Favourite Playoff Snacks Made With Pasta Sauce

Pass-da sauce: these recipes can all be made with Pasta Pantry’s homemade pasta sauce!

Edmonton Oilers playoff snack ideas

We are huge sports fans over at Pasta Pantry. With all this playoff celebration and excitement comes gatherings and snacking! We like to think outside the box and use only the freshest ingredients, so today we’re sharing these unique and delicious recipes that you can create at home – with a little help from our pantry. Swing by before game time and pick up our homemade Pesto, Meat Sauce, Hot Italian Sausage, Tomato Vegetable, Alfredo or Four Cheese sauce add to these awesome recipes:

*Recipes gathered from The Food Network

Buffalo Wings: Lightly coat chicken wings with equal parts pasta sauce and hot sauce; roast at 425 degrees F for 40 minutes.

Zesty Chip Dip: Combine equal parts sour cream and pasta sauce in a bowl; stir in grated Parmesan cheese, ground pepper and oregano.

Cocktail Sauce: Mix pasta sauce with horseradish and hot sauce to taste; serve with shrimp.

Stuffed Mushrooms: Mix breadcrumbs, chopped mushroom stems and grated Parmesan cheese with a bit of pasta sauce; stuff into mushroom caps, drizzle with olive oil and bake at 400 degrees F for 30 minutes.

Pizza Potato: Make a deep slit in baked potatoes, then stuff with some pasta sauce, chopped pepperoni and shredded mozzarella; bake at 400 degrees F until the cheese melts.

Tomato Mac and Cheese: Mix some pasta sauce with prepared macaroni and cheese in a baking dish; drizzle with more sauce and bake at 350 degrees F until hot and bubbly.

Instant Salsa: Mix 1 cup pasta sauce with 2 tablespoons lime juice, 1/2 cup corn kernels, chopped cilantro, diced red onion and a dash of hot sauce.

Pizza Sticks: Brush refrigerated breadstick dough with pasta sauce; sprinkle with grated parmesan cheese and bake. Serve with extra sauce.

Eggplant Rolls: Grill or broil thinly sliced eggplant until tender. Spread with pasta sauce and ricotta cheese; roll up and secure with toothpicks.

Olive Tapenade: Combine 1 cup pasta sauce with 1/2 cup chopped Kalamata olives, 1/2 cup chopped roasted peppers, a big spoonful of capers and some parsley; serve with crackers.

Keep your spirits high and your snack table full!

Fit For The Future

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Become a Pasta Pantry Fit Kid with Fit for the Future

We are thrilled to be partnering up again with Strathcona County to get the kids of the community involved and engaged in their health and wellness! For the entire month of April, kids (10-13 years of age) who participate in the Fit for the Future program can enter to win various prizes from Pasta Pantry. We are also launching the “Passport To Pasta”, a way for kids to track their sessions, collect stamps and earn free pasta. Read on to learn about these awesome initiatives!

What is Fit for the Future?

Fit for the Future introduces 10 to 13 year olds to the wellness centre and teaches proper use of fitness equipment. This is a mandatory program for 10 to 13 year olds who wish to use the wellness centres at Millennium Place, Ardrossan Recreation Complex, and Glen Allan Recreation Complex, and a wonderful way to get kids excited about their health and educated on how to properly use the facilities. This program is included with the Millennium Card or with regular admission.

Drop in Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Millennium Place or Ardrossan Recreation Complex.

Some components the kids will take away from Fit For The Future include:

  • Proper workout guidelines and exercise principles
  • Weight room etiquette and safety
  • Resistance training, cardiovascular fitness and stretching techniques
  • How to do a proper warm up and cool down

Pasta Pantry Fit Kids

Participate in Fit for the Future and enter the Pasta Pantry Fit Kids Contest. The details are easy! Once the kids have completed their Fit for the Future session, they can enter in through our printed ballots by writing out why activity is important to them. Prizes for this draw include a $100 Pasta Pantry Gift Card, a $50 Pasta Pantry Gift Card or a tray of Pasticcio!

There are scheduled Fit for the Future times on April 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29, but if any non-scheduled sessions occur, kids can still enter. In addition, if kids 10-13 who have recently been in the program would like to fill out a ballot to enter, they are welcome to do so by checking in with a wellness staff member.

Passport To Pasta

Once the kids have completed Fit for the Future, they have 5 activity challenges to complete and get signed and stamped to finalize their Passport to Pasta. The completed passport earns them one free small or large pasty courtesy of Pasta Pantry, to be redeemed within one month of the challenge. We look forward to fueling up all these Fit Kids!

Learn more at www.strathcona.ca/fitfuture