As we head into our second month of lockdown, it’s becoming clear that it’s high time to cook through the mountains of dried pasta we’ve accumulated in our collective pantries. And pasta can be sooo much more than spaghetti and marinara sauce. (Don’t get us wrong, there’s a place in our hearts for that. But that can’t be it or it’ll get old…quick).

So for your taste buds’ pleasure, here’s a roundup of five tasty recipes that’ll make use of that pasta decorating your pantry along with those veggies, cheeses and other ingredients likely sitting around in your fridge.

Classic Tailgate Pasta Salad

1. Classic Pasta Salad

This recipe got its start from a request from our founder’s sister, who is gluten-free. She loves store-bought pasta salad (especially the kind at the salad bar) but upon discovering her gluten sensitivity, her pasta salad days promptly ended. Thus arose an immediate need for this recipe, allowing her to make pasta salad at home. If you are also not down with the gluten, simply use gluten-free rotini (or pasta of your choice) instead.


Get The Recipe Here: Classic Pasta Salad

Recommended Products For This Recipe:
👉 Organic & free range D’Artagnan chicken breasts
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Here’s a fun-shaped pasta if you’re bored of rigatoni
👉 Large pasta bowl for family style
👉 Pasta bowls for individual servings
👉 Good French Dijon mustard

White Cheddar Shells

2. White Cheddar Shells

We first fell in love with pasta shells as our cheese sauce vehicle as kids when it was socially acceptable to eat Velveeta’s version–before we learned how bad trans fats and essentially fake food (such as “space cheese”) are for you. The texture of a perfectly cooked pasta shell on the tongue is pretty hard to beat. (Insert here one of our favorite new culinary terms: “Mouthfeel”). This recipe is essentially mac and cheese, but taken to a new level with white cheddar cheese and those pasta shells we’re raving about.


Get The Recipe Here: White Cheddar Shells

Recommended Products For This Recipe:
👉 New York State white cheddar cheese, aged 6 months
👉 All Clad 6 qt pasta pot, with insert (to make pasta cooking faster and easier)
👉 Specialty ground nutmeg

Buffalo Chicken Mac & Cheese

3. Buffalo Chicken Mac & Cheese

This recipe combines two of our favorite foods of all time: Macaroni and cheese and Buffalo chicken dip. After we had an overabundance of the dip left over in our fridge, we tried to figure out how else to eat it and thus was born this ingenious recipe. It’s crazy tasty but admittedly pretty fattening. That said, who couldn’t use some comfort food right about now? So we’re just indulging in moderation…

PRO TIP: You can make cooking the Buffalo chicken sauce faster and easier by substituting in our Hungry Fan Buffalo Wings spice blend for all the non-liquid ingredients in the sauce part of this recipe. (Tabasco is optional if you do).


Get The Recipe Here: Buffalo Chicken Mac & Cheese

Recommended Products For This Recipe:
👉 Organic & free range boneless chicken tenders
👉 Hungry Fan Buffalo Wings Spice Blend
👉 Ben’s Cream Cheese (denser, creamier and richer than the grocery store-bought brand)

Cincinnati Skyline Chili

4. Cincinnati Skyline Chili

Pasta isn’t the star of this dish, but it’s what makes it unique and special. Most chilis are served as a soup but that’s not how they do it in Cincinnati! Oh no. Theirs is served atop a delicious plate of spaghetti and we’re here for that ten times out of ten! This dish is hearty and delicious and is sure to warm and comfort your insides.


Get The Recipe Here: Cincinnati Skyline Chili

Recommended Products For This Recipe:
👉 Ground beef from Crowd Cow
👉 Sharp cheddar cheese
👉 Fresh spaghetti (cooks faster and tastes better!)

Pumpkin Alfredo Gnocchi

5. Pumpkin Alfredo Gnocchi

Pasta isn’t the star of this dish, but it’s what makes it unique and special. Most chilis are served as a soup but that’s not how they do it in Cincinnati! Oh no. Theirs is served atop a delicious plate of spaghetti and we’re here for that ten times out of ten! This dish is hearty and delicious and is sure to warm and comfort your insides.


Get The Recipe Here: Pumpkin Alfredo Gnocchi

Recommended Products For This Recipe:
👉 Aged Parmesan cheese
👉 Homemade fresh gnocchi (use the potato gnocchi or the cheese gnocchi for every
     cheesiness!)

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