I spent a very fruitful Sunday with other Mommy Bloggers to attend the National Pasta Month Celebration at The Blackboard by Chef Michel, The Podium.
We were asked this question during the event: How do you like your pasta? Of course being Mommies, we replied with “al dente” which means “firm to the bite.” When cooked al dente, pasta is tender but firm. Nobody wants to have mushy pasta! Personally, I feel that the pasta is just as important as the type of sauce I use in my dish.
I was very happy to discover that there was an occasion to celebrate thelove of Pasta, The National Pasta Month celebrated during the entire month of October.
This appreciation month is celebrated in some parts of the world and even in the Philippines to draw everyone’s attention to everything pasta – a global food consumed in all five continents.
Doña Elena Al Dente is the only Artisan Quality Italian Pasta. It is made using high quality, 100% durum wheat semolina or hard wheat. ONLY pasta made from Durum Wheat can be considered al dente. Doña Elena Al Dente was made through the artisan way of making pasta – slow drying process and not subjected to high heat. It uses special bronze dies which leaves a rough surface that create ridges on the pasta. These ridges help sauces stick to the pasta better, making every bite simply delicious. Unlike other pasta with only 6% protein content, Doña Elena Al Dente has 13% protein, a result of the slow-cooking process which preserves its nutrients. Doña Elena Al Dente is also GMO-free, 100% certified all natural.
From -Left to right, RJ Ledesma shared his pasta experience with us, Ms. Jamie hosted the event, Upper right, MJ Cordova of Fying Ace Corp talk about the mechanics of the Cooking challenge , Professor Luchie Callanta gave a pasta and nutrition talk, center photo Chef Michel of The Blackboard gave us a cooking demo using Dona Elena Al Dente Pasta.
You can really tell the difference, how the sauce is absorbed fully by this special artisan pasta, you can use less sauce for your pasta dishes and make the most of your pasta dish.
Here’s a tip for all pasta lovers: Don’t put oil on your pasta when boiling to see the quality of your pasta. Doña Elena Al Dente does not require oil because it doesn’t stick together. While oil is needed in most pasta sauces, you don’t need the extra oil when boiling.
Exciting Cooking Challenge for the Mommies! Congratulations to all the winners!
This event is open to everyone. See details here.
Like Dona Elena on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Donaelenacuisineraclub
Learn more about Doña Elena Al Dente at http://www.flyacecorp.com/.
Check out this very simple recipe you can try at home
500g Doña Elena AL DENTE Spaghetti noodles, cooked according to package instructions
3 tbsp Doña Elena pure olive oil
4 pcs garlic cloves, minced
6 pcs Doña Elena anchovy fillets, mashed
½ tsp dried chilli flakes
½ cup Doña Elena sliced black olives
3 tbsp Doña Elena capers
2 cups Doña Elena diced canned tomatoes
¼ cup basil leaves, chiffonade
To taste freshly ground black pepper
parmesan cheese, grated
Heat the Doña Elena pure olive oil in a sauté pan and sauté the garlic until softened.
Add the mashed anchovy fillets, dried chilli flakes, olives and capers and let it cook for a minute.
Add the canned tomatoes and let the mix simmer until the sauce becomes chunky. Add the basil and simmer a few more minutes.
Season with pepper.
Toss the sauce with the spaghetti noodles.
Garnish the pasta with some black olives and capers on top and sprinkle with generous amount of parmesan cheese. Serve hot.
Thank you Fly Ace and Dona Elena for inviting me to the National Pasta Month Celebration. My family will enjoy these for our weekend Hope I get to celebrate with again next year.
The next time someone asks me how I like my pasta, I would reply with “Al Dente!”
Until next time sweeties!