RECIPE: Acorn Squash Soup & Sauteed Gnocchi

Acorn squash soup with gnocchi and a garnish of dried cranberries, Brussels sprouts leaves and crème fraîche. Photo courtesy Giovanni Rana.   Italians are known for combining pasta and soup: minestrone, pasta e fagiole (pasta and bean soup) and pasta in brodo (chicken broth with pasta) are classics. Here’s an even fancier creation from pasta…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Enjoy Pasta More Often

Add lots of veggies to make pasta a healthy dish. Photo courtesy Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board.   It’s National Nutrition Month, so we’re giving some credit to a food that’s often on the “avoid” list: pasta. Jackie Newgent, RD, CDN and a consultant to Barilla pasta, has pointed out a few facts that should be…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Pasta With Greens

We were inspired by this picture in the beautiful photo gallery of Chicken Fried Gourmet, a blog featuring the cuisine of Shreveport, Louisiana-based chef Michael O’Boyle. An unusual concept today, pasta with greens dates back several centuries to Italian peasant fare. Meat was costly, greens were grown in the garden: Ecco! (That’s Italian for voilà.)…
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PRODUCT: Barilla Piccolini Mini Pasta Is Great For Pasta Salad

A plate of mini wheels (rotelle)—smaller than half a cherry tomato. Photo courtesy Barilla. Here’s the recipe for this pasta salad. Find more recipes at BarillaUS.com.   We recently tried Barilla Piccolini, a new miniature pasta line. Piccolini is the Italian word for “little ones,” referring to small children. The miniature versions of five classic…
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PRODUCT: Microwave Pasta Boat

Usually, when we see a product at retail that touts “As Seen On TV,” we rush past it. Personal experience—as well as reviews and segments produced by television journalists—show that a lot of infomercial-sold merchandise doesn’t measure up to claims. But we had a good experience with the Microwave Pasta Boat. Those who cook pasta…
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