Try This Recipe: Simple, Tasty Roasted Pasta

posted: 01/11/17
by: Blythe Copeland
Creamy Fettucini with Peas and Parmesan and crusty Bread -Photographed on Hasselblad H3-22mb Camera

Whether your family's go-to pasta meal is chicken parmesan with a side of penne, spaghetti Wednesdays with your grandmother's homemade meat sauce, or plain buttered noodles, dried pasta is a foolproof, versatile food that you can throw together in a hurry to please everyone at the table (and how many of your other recipes can say that?). But to give your go-to meals a flavor makeover, try Food52's tips for roasting the noodles before cooking them.

The technique is simple: Roast the dried pasta on a baking sheet for 15 minutes, and then rehydrate it in a bag of water in the refrigerator. You're left with a pasta that the Food52 tester described as "nutty and toasted...an amped-up version of the food I've probably eaten thousands of times." Suggested pairings for serving it include tossing the pasta with a no-cook tomato sauce or ricotta and olive oil, or adding it to your favorite Italian winter soup.