How do you like your pasta? We say it has to be “al dente” which means “firm to the bite.” When cooked al dente, pasta is tender but firm. Nobody wants to have mushy pasta, especially not this National Pasta 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. Pasta has unquestionable merits as it is appropriate for a dynamic and healthy lifestyle, capable of meeting both primary food requirements while creating a high-level of gastronomy.
This month, Doña Elena Al Dente invites you to celebrate by taking your regular pasta dishes to the next level – starting with the kind of pasta you use!
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.
Now, take a bite into these sumptuous recipes from Doña Elena Al Dente, best paired with Doña Elena Olive Oil and Doña Elena Mediterranean products. Pasta Mediterraneo, lends the distinctive taste of anchovies, black olives, and capers. Sautéed with diced tomatoes and topped with basil leaves on top of Doña Elena Al Dente Spaghetti, this dish is perfect for date night. If you’re craving for something oriental instead, cook up this Shrimp and Pasta Salad with Creamy Sesame Dressing. Using Doña Elena Al Dente Fusilli, cherry tomatoes and sliced fresh lettuce, this seafood salad is a tasty dish best served chilled. Chef Davide Lombardi also shares two delectable new recipes using Doña Elena Al Dente Penne Rigate and Doña Elena Al Dente Fusilli.
Here’s a tip to 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.
Doña Elena variants include Spaghetti (500g), Fettuccine (500g), Lasagna (500g), Penne Rigate (500g and 250g) and Fusilli (500g and 250g).
Try these recipes with your family for that ultimate pasta craving!
Shrimp and Pasta Salad with Creamy Sesame Dressing
500g Doña Elena AL DENTE Fusilli, cooked according to package instructions
9 pcs prawns, deveined, peeled and blanched
9 pcs cherry tomatoes, sliced into halves
150g assorted lettuce, sliced into bite size pieces
sesame seeds, for garnish
For the dressing:
½ cup Japanese mayonnaise
½ cup teriyaki sauce
4 tbsp Good Life Sesame Oil
1 tsp sesame seeds, toasted and chopped
To taste ground black pepper
- Combine all the dressing ingredients. Store in an airtight container and keep in the refrigerator.
- Place the cooked Doña Elena AL DENTE Fusilli noodles in a bowl together with the sliced lettuce then drizzle some of the dressing until all the ingredients are well coated.
- Arrange the prawns and tomatoes on top of the salad and garnish with toasted sesame seeds.
- Serve chilled.
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.
Now, go and be merry pasta lovers! The next time someone asks you how you like your pasta, simply say, “Al Dente!”
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