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The Edison Light

The Student News Site of Thomas A. Edison Career and Technical Education High School

The Edison Light

The Student News Site of Thomas A. Edison Career and Technical Education High School

The Edison Light

Creative or Rip-off Pasta 

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Pasta is a food that’s popular in Italy, but is a descendant of the ancient Asian culture. It can be made into several dishes, with lots of flavor. Some families even make the pasta themselves. 

Pasta lovers are always finding new ways to make improvements on their dishes. Whether it’s improvising, taking a recipe from a cookbook, or using grandma’s secret recipe, there are many variations of pasta that lots of people can enjoy. 

Cooking isn’t always an easy thing. Learning to boil pasta isn’t too hard, but may be tricky for some individuals. Being able to know when the pasts get put into the water and when the pasta is soft enough to be separated from the water isn’t something everyone knows how to do. Some people even do the pasta toss trick. If you throw a noodle against the wall and it sticks, it is cooked enough to eat. Others either taste a piece of the pasta or feel it with their fingers. 

In some cases, people aren’t able to cook because of either being scared, lazy, food is bland, or they never learned how. Believing that you can cook, especially if you want to learn, is all you need to have, besides someone who knows how to cook so the house doesn’t get burnt. 

With all the different types of pasta meals that are known to the world, Creamy Cajun Pasta would be one that gives a different kick. It gives off a salty and spicy taste. The texture of the pasta is so smooth. The flavors soak on your tongue, causing your mouth to drool and wanting to eat more. Here’s the steps to make a delicious Creamy Cajun Pasta dish. 

Ingredients

2 lbs of penne pasta ( 26 oz.) 

1 7 oz original cream cheese (brick preferably)

Red pepper flakes (about half a handful, add more if you please)

Louisiana Cajun seasoning

1 whole red sweet pepper (diced)

1 whole yellow sweet pepper (diced)

Italian Turkey Sausage (hillshire farm preferably ) 

1 cup Mushrooms (optional) 

3 garlic cloves (diced)

1 ½ packs baby tomatoes  (8 oz. packages)

Parsley (used as garnish)

7-8 cups chicken broth 

Steps 

  1. Slice mushrooms and sausages, and dice sweet peppers and garlic cloves 
  2. Place sausage in a large skillet or braiser over medium heat and sear the sausage medallions on both sides, until they crisp up a bit. Remove and set aside on a paper towel lined plate. Don’t get rid of that sausage oil!
  3. Add the mushrooms, peppers, and garlic to the same skillet you cooked the sausage in and sauté until the mushrooms begin to brown.
  4. Next, add the pasta, fire-roasted tomatoes, chicken broth, and cajun seasoning to the skillet. Stir just until everything is evenly combined, then place a lid on top and allow the broth to come up to a boil.
  5. Once boiling, turn the heat down to medium and let the pasta simmer for roughly 15 minutes, stirring every couple of minutes until the pasta is tender some people like to add a scoop of pasta water to the dish after to keep it from turning into a brick
  6. Add the cream cheese to the skillet in chunks and stir until it has completely melted and created a thick and creamy sauce.
  7. Add the sausage back into the skillet, give everything another big stir, top the pasta with a sprinkling of fresh Italian parsley and red pepper flakes and SERVE!

When you look at this pasta, you see a nice rainbow of colors. Red, yellow, brown, orange, and green. The aroma of the cajun and spicy pasta filled up the kitchen. The texture of the pasta is soft, creamy, crunchy and a bit al dente. The sweet taste of the peppers, the spiciness of the pepper flakes, the saltiness of the sausage and the cream cheese on the pasta make you crave for more pasta. 

On the other hand, Olive Garden is known for their pasta dishes and bread. Although, not everything always turns out as expected. The Shrimp Pasta is one of the most popular dishes they have to offer. 

Ordering food gets exciting when you know what to eat and what you’re in the mood for. While you’re waiting for the food to come, it’s ALL you can think about. But when you least expect it, nothing goes your way. With hardly any taste in the Alfredo and not enough of the alfredo sauce, red pepper flakes had to come to the rescue. With a problem like this, using limited resources to what is around you can be a hit or miss situation. Although if you or someone else is cooking at home, any spices or ingredients can be added to how you’d prefer to dish. 

If the dish you eat isn’t worth the wait, would you rather make your own meals to your liking or constantly buy food from places that do not satisfy your tastebuds?

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