Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Favorite Things: Fresh Pasta!!

Seriously, one of the things I love about living in Italy is easy access to fresh amazing pasta. Once I move to an apartment with more than 2 inches of counter space, I will finally make pasta from scratch.

All of the markets around me have vendors who sell fresh pasta. I have tried several and have my favorite stand in the Trionfale market.

There are even stores that sell nothing but pasta. What a glorious thing.

One question that kept coming up during my trip in carb-phobic Los Angeles was, how on earth did I lose weight while eating pasta?

Does anyone know how the gnocchi on Thursday tradition started?








I make a pot of marinara sauce. Freeze some of it. Buy some tortellini, add a side dish of vegetables or salad and poof, super easy, super fast lunch or dinner.

10 comments:

Sonia said...

don't you love eating pasta and losing weight?!?! i like to tell people that eating a gelato everyday also helps with weight loss... well for me anyway!

ps... as of today, iTunes now has 'Jumping The Broom' on it's list of Movie Trailers!! Congrats girl!

Tracie P. said...

people asked me that all of the time. what do you say? the food in general is more wholesome and we don't but our big rears in cars all of the time.

isn't the carbs-are-evil attitude a bit passe' yet?

J.Doe said...

It's not the pasta or carbs but the portions that cause weight gain. The solution for weight loss is simply to eat less food - not to eat only things without carbs or doing any other strange food combos. Everything here in the US is supersized. Plates are huge. It takes a big effort to eat less (at least for me and I haven't much success), but in Italy with smaller portion sizes eating less is easier .

nyc/caribbean ragazza said...

Sonia - Grazie Sonia! And yes, I do love eating pasta, gelato, pizza etc. etc. while still losing weight.

Tracie P - I agree walking a lot is a big part of it. No, carbs are still seen as evil among many dieters. I think diets don't work in the long term.

J. Doe - exactly. It's not healthy (or fun) to cut out entire food groups!

ieishah said...

I guest posted at a blog where most of the women don't travel so much or live abroad, and was attacked because I challenged the idea that women in Europe tend to be thinner because they eat fewer processed foods, NOT because they replace meals with cigarettes. This was like, a month ago. The "carbs are the devil" thing seems strange to us, but many Americans still believe that it isn't possible to eat pasta or croissants every day and still maintain a respectable weight. So yeah...

nyc/caribbean ragazza said...

ieishah - It's deep that people were attacking you. You live overseas. Do they think you were making things up? Any tourist here for more than an hour can see there is a huge difference in size.

I think all this carb misinformation is a conspiracy between the multi-billion dollar fast food/processed food industry and the multi-billion dollar diet industry.

Also, we Americans like quick results/fixes. A diet is not the same as changing eating habits. The food industry doesn't make it easy with the high price of veggies/fruit and "food deserts" in many neighborhoods.

Megan said...

Fresh pasta with a bit of butter, sage and a mountain of parmesan was my diet for my first month in Italy. Nothing beats it!

nyc/caribbean ragazza said...

megan - I love that dish too. Soooo good.

Gil said...

Wish I could see displays like tha here in the good old USA!

nyc/caribbean ragazza said...

gil - I never saw displays like this in L.A. I assume there are places in NYC, Philly, Miami and Boston that sell fresh pasta.