Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Celebrate National Pasta Month and World Pasta Day this October! Radicchio & Pasta – The Perfect Pairing

Royal Rose Radicchio of Salinas , Calif. is celebrating National Pasta Month this October and World Pasta Day on October 26th with special recipes for you to celebrate the perfect pairing of pasta and radicchio.
According to the National Pasta Association, there are 10 ways to celebrate National Pasta Month all October long!

1. Learn to cook perfect pasta.
2. Take a fellow pasta lover to lunch at your favorite pasta restaurant.
3. Plan a Columbus Day pasta party. Serve appetizers, entrees, salads, and desserts - all made with pasta for your guests to "discover." You can even use pasta shapes to create decorations for the party.
4. Plan to celebrate United Nations Day (October 24) by serving your family and friends an international pasta menu or a combination platter with samples of ethnic pasta favorites.
5. Fight the October chills with a big bowl of pasta soup.
6. Prepare a pasta salad for your next tailgate party. Pasta provides the energy you'll need to root your team on to victory.
7. Return to comfort foods such as macaroni and cheese, spaghetti and meatballs and lasagna.
8. Master the art of substitution. Try a new shape in some of your favorite pasta dishes. For instance, use radiatore or spirals for a new twist on macaroni and cheese, or try bow ties in your favorite pasta salad for an elegant new appearance.
9. Become a pasta prodigy by vowing to add at least one new pasta shape a month to your pasta repertoire.
10. Play around with pasta - WITHOUT a recipe. Improvise by grabbing some spices and anything else you have in your refrigerator or pantry and let your imagination run wild!

According to Royal Rose Radicchio, the best way to celebrate is to use radicchio in your pasta creations.

Pasta with Radicchio and Bacon
Serves 4

8 to 10 strips lean bacon, cut into 1-inch pieces
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 large head Royal Rose radicchio (soaked in cold water for 15 minutes and coarsely chopped)
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
12 ounces dried pasta, such as penne or fusilli
1/2 cup Italian parsley leaves
Salt and pepper to taste
In a large skillet on medium heat, cook the bacon until crisp. Drain on paper towels, reserving 1 tablespoon of drippings in the skillet. Add the olive oil. On medium heat, saute the chopped radicchio in the olive oil together with the garlic until thoroughly cooked. Meanwhile, boil 5 quarts of salted water and cook the pasta according to package directions. Drain and toss the pasta in the pan with the radicchio, adding the bacon, Italian parsley, salt and pepper.

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