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Perfect Pasta Pasta’s popularity is no surprise ~ it’s tasty, inexpensive and easy to prepare. In its basic form, dry American pasta consists of durum wheat flour (semolina) and water. Add eggs and it becomes noodles. Spinach, tomato and other ingredients add f lavor and texture. Thankfully, new versions combine whole grains for taste, nutrition and fiber. One cup of cooked

pasta is equivalent to a one-ounce serving of whole grain. It is rich in vitamin E, thiamin, niacin, iron and magnesium. Whole grain pastas can also assist in maintaining a healthy weight. Most pasta shapes fall into one of three categories: long and thin, short and chunky, or broad and long. Skinny angel hair pasta works well with thin sauces. Short,

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February 2016 ttimes web magazine  

Tidewater Times February 2016

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