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I fell in love over pasta. I mean literally. I remember the day clearly. It was Valentines Day and my husband (then guy I was dating) took me to a little restaurant for some Spaghetti and Meatballs. Classic dish. Of course he had some tricks up his sleeve, as he knew 3 things about me.
- Blue roses are my favorite
I love anything having to do with pasta (hot or cold)
Lady & The Tramp is my favorite Disney movie
Now you might not think this is not a grand arsenal for a guy trying to impress a lady. For my husband though, his knowledge of these things is what landed him a wife 12 years ago.
At the start of the date, he brought me roses dipped in blue dye. I was so impressed he’d taken the time to actually order them this way knowing how much I loved them.
At the restaurant, they brought us a huge plate of pasta (YUM!) with tender and well-spiced meatballs. They gave us two forks and told us to dig in. I had never shared pasta with anyone because well, I’m greedy that way. But hey, I was up for anything.
When we got to the end of our spaghetti my husband did something unthinkable. Grabbing one strand, he placed it in his mouth and asked me to lean across the table, placing the other end in mine. At first, I thought he was crazy, but I too wanted to impress him with my adventurous side. So there we were eating a strand of pasta until we kissed!
My husband didn’t stop there. Staring down at the last meatball on the platter. My husband grinned. Lady and The Tramp. And you guessed it. My husband in front of everyone in the restaurant bent down and using his nose rolled the last meatball across the platter for me to enjoy!
It was at the very moment that I fell in love over pasta!
Through the years, my love for pasta and my husband have grown. Cold, hot, tossed, homemade, curly, spiral, bows. You name it and pasta is a staple I cannot live without. One of my favorite pasta dishes is my Pasta Fiesta. Oh my gosh! So delicious!
Pasta Fiesta Recipe
The first thing you need to do is head to Walmart and pick up two 500 gram boxes of Catelli Pasta. You’re looking for a pretty blue box located in the pasta isle. See the photo above? You can’t miss them.
Once you find the pretty blue boxes you need to look for what you want. Catelli has a variety of pasta to choose from. They carry Ancient Grain, Healthy Harvest, Gluten Free and more.
When making my Pasta Fiesta, I always use Catelli Fusilli. I love spiral pasta. I find it fills me up quicker and it freezes really well for leftovers.
After boiling and cooking my pasta, I grab a simple wok style frying pan. I use no oil or butter. Just a cup and half of water and that is it. Add the pasta to the pan, along with whatever else you want. I always opt for vegetables such as carrots and broccoli, cauliflower, beans and even some corn. Can’t be a fiesta without corn! Simmer on low to steam the vegetable until they done to your liking.
Since I use my crockpot a lot. I always have Chili homemade done up. Grabbing a small container I heat it up and pour it on top of the pasta dish. You can also opt to mix the chili into the pasta and veggies. Canned chili can be uses as substitute if you don’t make yours homemade.
I mix my chili in because I love covering the pasta and vegetables in it. No other spices are needed. And let me tell you how delicious this dish truly is. The spices from the chili already made, along with the yummy taste of the Fusilli and fresh vegetables is just to die for!
No matter what pasta dish you make or how you make it. Pasta is fun. It’s a great meal. It brings families together, and even once in a while sets two people up for love.