Shopping Around the World

24 Feb

Thanks to everyone for another great edition of Shopping Around the World last month.  It’s so awesome to see the various prices around the world – and the pictures with recipes!

This month we have a suggestion from my brother Easy.  This month we are highlighting PASTA – what is your favorite PASTA dish?  How do you make it?  What kind of noodles do you use?  What is in your PASTA?  There is no limit count on ingredients – Share your recipe and picture!

I’m going to let mom take care of this recipe this month – she mumbled something to me about not being around while she cooked it.  So we all know what that means.  It must contain P.O.R.K.  Snorts with piggy laughter – take it away mom.

One of our favorite pasta dishes to make here at the Hotel Thompson involves Cavatappi pasta – which translated from Italian means corkscrew.  As you can see by looking at the shape of the pasta – it does have the twisted look.

So we take a box of Cavatappi and put it on to boil in a pan (a box of Cavatappi is $1.00 for the entire box and that’s a lot of food!).  In doing this so we add salt to the water and a little oil so the pasta doesn’t stick.  Now some peeps will argue about the oil and the salt – you do what you think is best.  Here I prefer to do this.  While the pasta is boiling, you are going to fix the base of the pasta.

In a skillet you are going to add some thick cut chunked pancetta – which is an Italian bacon made from the pork belly that is salt cured and seasoned.  If you don’t have pancetta, regular chopped up bacon or chunks of leftover ham will do.  Cook it until brown.  (Pancetta can be a little pricey – we always keep some in the freezer.  We usually will get two pounds at a time at $10.99 per pound.  For this recipe, we will use an entire pound – $10.99)

When finished, add some chopped tomatoes, pepper, a few pepper flakes and oregano (or any other seasonings you want) to the party.  (Seasonings are something we usually keep on hand and tomatoes run us $0.99 a pound – a pound for this recipe).  Let this all marry together and by this time, your pasta should be al dente.  Drain your pasta and add it straight to your skillet.  Mix all of these ingredients together and let simmer for about 5 minutes.  Right before serving, top with freshly grated parmasean cheese (we also keep this on hand and it ranges $4.99 for a pound – use as much as you want)

Total cost for the meal is around $14.00 and this meal will last us several nights for the two of us.  In the long run, the price far outweighs the servings.


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20 responses to “Shopping Around the World

  1. franhunne4u

    02/24/2016 at 1:05 am

    What about the shopping part of this recipe? The thing with the prices?

    • Piglove

      02/27/2016 at 11:33 am

      Sorry my friend – we were all out of town this past week – I will go back and adjust – I forgot 😦 XOXO – Bacon

  2. easyweimaraner

    02/24/2016 at 1:47 am

    I love it, the things we make with leftovers are always the best, wonder why we spend so much money for some things, we could ask for leftovers in the store too, right?

    • Piglove

      02/27/2016 at 11:39 am

      Wouldn’t that be awesome brother? Mom loves pasta nights – she knows she doesn’t have to cook for the next couple of nights – snorts with piggy laughter. XOXO – Bacon

  3. onespoiledcat

    02/24/2016 at 6:12 am

    YUMMY!!! That sounds easy (oops…sorry about that Easy!) and delicious. Mom will be making this for sure…………

    Love, Sammy

    • Piglove

      02/27/2016 at 11:40 am

      Mom says it is very easy and very yummy – plenty of leftovers. XOXO – Bacon

      • onespoiledcat

        02/27/2016 at 1:00 pm

        Good….we like leftovers around here!

  4. Hailey and Zaphod

    02/24/2016 at 6:15 am

    Looks yummy. We shared a shopping post today!

    • Piglove

      02/27/2016 at 11:42 am

      Off to check yours out. Thanks my sweet friend! XOXO – Bacon

  5. Reilly-Denny Cowspotdogs

    02/24/2016 at 8:46 am

    that looks great – our Dad loves pasta – we will have to try this one

  6. Skyler Braveheart

    02/24/2016 at 9:39 am

    Easy’s looked awesome…but I had to tell him that about the only place Mama eats pasta is in Italy. Otherwise, we don’t have it with any regularity. But if we did, it would be ravioli with mushrooms inside (pre-prepared, but fresh). Mama just likes them with lots of ground black pepper and parmesan cheese.

    • Piglove

      02/27/2016 at 11:44 am

      Oh licks lips – that does sound wonderful to try!! XOXO – Bacon

  7. gentlestitches

    02/24/2016 at 8:39 pm

    The boy and his friends eat literally VATS of pasta while waiting for “something to eat” ;-D

    • Piglove

      02/27/2016 at 11:47 am

      Snorts with piggy laughter Auntie Sharon. I would definitely “fit” right in then. XOXO – Bacon

      • gentlestitches

        02/28/2016 at 2:15 am

        LOL! YES YOU WOULD! 😀

  8. Tails Around the Ranch

    02/29/2016 at 4:21 pm

    Yum-may! I think I just gained 5 lbs. 😉

    • Piglove

      02/29/2016 at 4:26 pm

      Snorts with piggy laughter. It is very good – and easy – and something you can eat on for days. XOXO – Bacon

  9. Skyler Braveheart

    02/29/2016 at 7:12 pm

    Gosh that sounds delicious and cost effective! When you can get a great price on stuff like parmesan and pancetta, I would go for the larger quantities too. I don’t get much people food, but will share this with Mama!

    • Piglove

      03/01/2016 at 9:52 am

      Oh please do. This is really simple to prepare and lasts for days – or freezes. And pancetta can be expensive. Mom buys it when it’s on sale and always keeps a good chunk or two in the freezer. XOXO – Bacon


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