Tempted by a fast food drive through on the way home from work? Why not try some quick family meals that are tastier and lower in fat, plus easier on the budget?
Three Bridges refrigerated pastas taste delicious and are ready in just a few minutes. Simply add them to boiling water on the stove and cook for the directed amount of time.
National Noodle Month
March is National Noodle Month, a perfect time to try new types of pastas and noodles. The National Pasta Association says that people tend to eat 20 percent more noodles during January, February and March, partly due to colder weather.
Interestingly, there are two different types of pasta – macaroni and noodles. Macaroni products are made from semolina and water, while noodles are made up of a finely ground form of semolina called Durum flour, plus water and, by federal regulation, egg solids. Pasta without egg can’t be called a noodle.
The first known writing about noodles comes from between 25 and 220 A.D. during the East Han Dynasty, with the oldest known actual noodles discovered in 2005 near the Yellow River in China. They’re believed to be 4000 years old and made from types of millet.
Restaurants all over the country that serve noodle and pasta dishes are seizing the opportunity to lure customers through their doors. There’s no need to spend a bundle on a restaurant meal for the family, though. Three Bridges refrigerated pasta products are as good as, or better than, what’s found in restaurants.
Scrumptious and fast family meals
The butternut squash ravioli was a personal favorite and a hit with the kids as well. Butternut squash is a type of winter squash with a flavor similar to pumpkin. Butternut squash ravioli combines the sweet, nutty flavor of the squash with nicely textured pasta.
The chicken and prosciutto ravioli were delightful, with generous portions of chicken and prosciutto adding perfectly to the overall taste balance. They were also easy to prepare and will offer people on the go a quick and easy, yet tasty meal solution.
The Italian sausage ravioli were tasty, but harder to prepare properly due to their large size. Accidental overcooking can cause the pasta squares to spill some of their contents.
It’s important to watch the ravioli carefully to avoid cooking too long. This applies to many different refrigerated pasta products of different brands.
The Parmesan gnocchi also overcooked easily. It really just needs dropped in the boiling water for a minute or two. Don’t wait for the water to come back to the boil. The gnocchi still tastes good if it cooks too long, but the texture feels mushy.
Even the kids liked the spinach and kale ravioli, and it didn’t seem to have the problem with easy overcooking. However, it doesn’t need to be brought back to the boil before starting the timer.
Some kids might reject anything green in color outright. They can be reassured that it’s a delightful treat that doesn’t taste like vegetables.
Easy to find at the local grocery store
Three Bridges offers a large variety of different refrigerated pasta and sauce options, including some which are organic or gluten free. Three Bridges products are available in the refrigerated sections of many grocery stores plus Target stores nationwide. The author received sample products for use in this honest evaluation.