10 Easy Steps To Cook Pasta To Perfection
With more than 600 known pasta shapes it is no wonder pasta is one of the world's most famous foods. October is National Pasta Month and Chef Carmelo Mauro, chef and owner of Carmelo's Ristorante Italiano in Houston and Austin, wants to give pasta its due.
The Origins of Pasta
Pasta is the Italian word for dough, and it was introduced to America after Thomas Jefferson tasted it in Naples, Italy. Having served as Ambassador to Paris, in 1789, Jefferson brought the first pasta machine and crates of macaroni to America. Pasta later became a staple in American cuisine in the late 19th century during the Italian immigration to the United States.
According to a Zagat survey, half of Americans eat past two times each week, with one quarter of the population eating it three to four times per week. The average American eats 20 pounds of pasta each year. And while pasta has been wrongly touted as unhealthy by low carb fad diets, it actually has a lower glycemic index (GI) of 25-45 than bread whose GI is 75 and potatoes with a GI of 80. Pasta is healthy for you.
10 Easy step to Cook Pasta To Perfection
Carmelo's restaurants serve nearly 10,000 pounds of pasta each year. But for families wishing to make the perfect pasta at home, Chef Carmelo Mauro suggests following 10 easy steps:
"We serve a different homemade pastas each day with angel hair, fettuccine and lasagna as guest favorites," said Carmelo Mauro. "I personally eat upwards of 150 pounds of pasta each year. Pasta was a staple in my home growing up in Taormina, Sicily, and I can never get enough of it."
See you at Carmelo's This Month!
In honor of National Pasta Month, Carmelo's has crafted five special pasta dishes to be served throughout October. Each pasta features different shapes, sizes, ingredients and traditions to showcase the best from northern to southern Italy -- as an entrée or starter. See menu and wine pairings »