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My Love for Pasta and the World Pasta Masters

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Who doesn’t love pasta? #ad I love the versatility of pasta and all the dishes I can make with it in my own kitchen! In fact, there is an actual event hosted in Milan, Italy by @BarillaUS called the World Pasta Masters and I can’t wait to gather inspiration from that competition and bring it home to my kitchen. #WorldPastaMasters #PassionforPasta #🍝

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Pasta is pretty much my favorite ingredient to cook with. Whenever anyone asks me what my favorite thing to make is, I always say, “pasta.” Why? Because pasta is so incredibly versatile and it’s a great base to just add anything to. I think of pasta like a blank slate for all my culinary imaginations.

Pasta itself, I feel, can evoke so many different emotions. Whether it be a memory of childhood pouring that blue box of pasta into a big pot of boiling water with your mom or using pasta for an art project or even making that first grown-up meal in your first apartment. I know that for me, whenever I make pasta it gives me a sense of comfort and it helps me feel connected with people in my life because it brings them around the table. Memories are made and shared as you sit down with friends and family at that table with a deliciously comforting pasta dish that brought everyone together.

Who doesn’t love pasta? #ad I love the versatility of pasta and all the dishes I can make with it in my own kitchen! In fact, there is an actual event hosted in Milan, Italy by @BarillaUS called the World Pasta Masters and I can’t wait to gather inspiration from that competition and bring it home to my kitchen. #WorldPastaMasters #PassionforPasta #🍝

I think we can all agree that there is a lot of passion for pasta around the world and we are all pasta lovers at heart. Did you know that there is an actual event hosted in Milan, Italy by Barilla called the World Pasta Masters?! This year will be their seventh year hosting this event and it will be held from October 24 through the 25, which is World Pasta Day.

Back in May, four young chefs across the U.S. competed in the Barilla World Pasta Masters U.S. Qualifying Event in Chicago. Chef Carolina Diaz of Terzo Piano in Chicago was declared the winner and she will go on to represent the United States in the World Pasta Masters! Chef Diaz made her signature Barilla Mezzi Rigatoni with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce & Tuna that wowed the judges and guests. Honestly, just the name of that recipe sounds amazing. I wish I was there to taste it!

Who doesn’t love pasta? #ad I love the versatility of pasta and all the dishes I can make with it in my own kitchen! In fact, there is an actual event hosted in Milan, Italy by @BarillaUS called the World Pasta Masters and I can’t wait to gather inspiration from that competition and bring it home to my kitchen. #WorldPastaMasters #PassionforPasta #🍝

In Milan, she will face off with 17 other young chefs from around the world. During the competition, chefs will be coached by three prominent Italian chefs and two key food opinion leaders. I would simply be ecstatic for the opportunity to do something like this. My dream is to go to Italy and learn how to make pasta with Italian chefs and local Italians. Competing in this competition would be the icing on the cake!

Who doesn’t love pasta? #ad I love the versatility of pasta and all the dishes I can make with it in my own kitchen! In fact, there is an actual event hosted in Milan, Italy by @BarillaUS called the World Pasta Masters and I can’t wait to gather inspiration from that competition and bring it home to my kitchen. #WorldPastaMasters #PassionforPasta #🍝

Anyway, my point is, you don’t have to be a chef or a professional to make a deliciously elegant yet simple pasta dish. Pasta is incredibly approachable in your own home kitchen and you can take inspiration from events like these and get creative in the kitchen!

You can follow the World Pasta Masters journey by following @BarillaUS on Instagram or by visiting the World Pasta Masters site!

Photographs by Lauren Swann

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Posted on June 28, 2018

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  1. Katie Sistek
    06/28/2018 at 9:27 am

    I think you’re right in that pasta is the universal comfort food without it being overly greasy or fried. On sick days I avoid chicken noodle soup and make a batch of plain noodles with butter, lemon juice and a little shredded mozzarella cheese and it feels like a warm hug!

    • Julie
      06/28/2018 at 9:33 am

      That pasta dish you make sounds like the ultimate comfort food! It really does feel like a warm hug. :)

  2. JenJ
    06/28/2018 at 10:04 am

    I could seriously eat pasta everyday. Ok maybe every other day lol! My waistline might not appreciate it LOL! A lot the recipes I end up saving on Pinterest are pasta dishes.

    • Julie
      06/28/2018 at 3:37 pm

      Haha, everything in moderation! Pasta is good for the soul :) Italians do it every day! Haha…but yes, most dishes I make these days have pasta as a base because of how versatile it is. I have a ton of pasta recipes on the blog too — for that very reason! Lol!

  3. Kelly Ray
    06/28/2018 at 2:16 pm

    Pasta is always comforting and delicious. When I’m sad, I yearn for the old standby of mostaccioli and meatballs. I love a pesto sauce or just butter and parm on noodles. I agree, it’s like the universal foodlanguage!

    • Julie
      06/28/2018 at 3:38 pm

      Omg, so true! That classic dish with meatballs you mentioned sounds incredibly comforting! Definitely a universal love language and giant hug!

  4. Beverly
    06/28/2018 at 3:58 pm

    Love pasta! But sometimes my pasta is ready & the sauce is not! How do you keep the pasta from sticking together after you pour off the hot water?

    • Julie
      06/28/2018 at 4:22 pm

      Great question!! Olive oil :) drizzle and toss and you’ll be perfect once the sauce is ready!

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