FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Every day, our friendly employees are asked about our food products. We have compiled some of the most frequently asked questions about Pasta Bella products.
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What is the best method for cooking fresh pasta?
Fill a large saucepan with water (add a bit of salt to taste), then bring to a boil. Add the fresh pasta and stir to ensure a good separation. Return to a boil and start your timer while stirring the pasta from time to time. Cooking time after boiling is 1 to 2 minutes for spaghetti, radiatori, fusilli, macaroni, and 3 to 4 minutes for rigatoni, penne, linguini, casarecce, fettuccini, cavatelli, pappardella and lasagna. Taste the pasta to ensure it is cooked to your liking. Perfectly cooked pasta should be “al dente.” Once it is ready, strain the pasta and mix immediately with Pasta Bella sauce. Serve and enjoy!
How can I preserve pasta freshness and for how long?
To maintain freshness, our fresh pasta can be refrigerated for up to three days in its original packaging. If you notice condensation inside the package, consider transferring the contents to another bag or Tupperware container. This will allow you to keep the pasta for an additional two days in the refrigerator (0 to 4 ⁰C) and up to three months in the freezer. Tip: If you keep pasta cooked for later use or for cold salads, we suggest that you simply rinse in cold water, drain, add some oil and store in a refrigerator or airtight container.
How do I pair my pasta with the appropriate sauce?
When combining pasta with a sauce, remember that thin pasta, such as spaghetti, is best served with light sauces such as pesto and olive oil. Thicker pasta, such as fettuccini and pappardella, pairs well with thicker sauces such as rosée sauce and alfredo sauce. Hole-shaped pasta, such as rigatoni or radiatori, is perfect for meat or vegetable meat sauces, such as Gigi or Fiorentina sauce.
What is the best method for cooking frozen lasagna?
If you do not have enough time to completely defrost the lasagna before cooking as indicated on the label, simply cover it with foil and cook for 30 minutes. Remove the foil and continue cooking as recommended on the package. Lasagna is ready once it reaches a minimum of 71 °C, and after it acquires a golden color and the cheese is melted. We recommend letting the lasagna sit for 15 minutes before serving.
Do you offer vegetarian options?
Yes, we offer various vegetarian products such as sauces, pasta, and prepared meals. We prepare a wide selection of meat-free products that are made only from fresh, high-quality ingredients. Our most famous dish is undoubtedly our vegetarian lasagna made with fresh lasagna pasta, tomato sauce and a wide variety of vegetables, all accompanied by a thin layer of mozzarella.
Can I purchase hot meals?
Yes, our staff can prepare hot meals in minutes, which you can enjoy on site or take away. In order to serve you more quickly, we ask that you inform our employees right away that you would like to have your meal heated, especially if you are in group or in the case of special orders.
What meat do you use to prepare your meatballs?
We use 100% veal to prepare our famous meatballs. Veal is the meat we use in the majority of our meat products, such as stuffed pasta, lasagna, Bolognese sauce, etc.
Do you offer catering services?
Yes. However, to ensure you get all the products you need, we recommend that you place your order one week in advance. We can prepare all the products you need for your events (parties, meetings, etc.). We work with you to create an excellent menu for all types of groups. Contact one of our employees for more details on special requests.
Are all of your products homemade?
Yes. Our dynamic team works in our HACCP-certified kitchen to prepare fresh dishes inspired by our own homemade recipes. All our products and dishes are created with the highest quality ingredients using superior techniques to offer our customers the best of Italian cuisine.
What does HACCP certification mean?
Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) is a federally approved program to promote and support the development of food safety in the processing of our products.
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