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Silly Pasta Shapes – Become a pasta designer! Win a $100 AMEX card!

Silly Pasta Shapes – Become a pasta designer! Win a $100 AMEX card!

I get so excited when I hear, “Mom, can we have pasta and sauce for dinner?”  I honestly feel like it’s a special gift from someone upabove who is trying to cut me some slack after a chaotic day.

 

My husband is more often than not, not home for dinner these days – he works long hours.  With a preschooler and infant at home, well, you can just imagine what the witching hour (5-7PM) can be like around here!

I like love to cook, but have given up on complicated yummy recipes for nights when I’m the only adult eating.  Don’t get me wrong, I do make good, yummy dinner for me and the preschooler, but they do tend to be less complicated.

I have found that a jar of sauce and a box of pasta can be a busy mom’s best friend.  Boiling water and heating up sauce is as simple as it gets.  I even keep a loaf of frozen garlic bread in the freezer to hit up as needed.

Jazzing up this easy meal is as simple as switching up the pasta.  Traditional spaghetti is great, but why not bowties or elbows or even the corckscrews instead?!  My daughter loves the bowties!  How about you?  What pasta shape gets the best attention in your home?

After recently watching the Project Runway episode where the contestants get to design their own fabric I thought about pasta.  Yes, odd, but it did happen.  I wondered what if I could design my own pasta shape?  We’ve seen the traditional Italian shapes, and even cartoon ones used on Macaroni & Cheese boxes.  But, how would your kids react if you served them a bowl of pasta in the shape of pumpkins during Halloween or turkeys at Thanksgiving?  Tom said that a bowl of rockets and spaceships would have had him smiling as a young boy – and even now!

I invite you to use your imagination to design your own pasta shape that your family would love!  I am also interested to know what you would serve it with!  Here’s my design and meal:

A bowl of pasta shaped like (princesses & castles) topped with sauce and (parm) would make my family giggle but full!

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Disclosure: This post & all videos were created in connection with my appointment as an Ambassador in Ragú® Mom’s the Word on Dinner Program.

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  1. Rebecca Shockley 16 November, 2011 at 11:59 Reply

    A bowl of pasta shaped like Chess pieces topped with sauce and bacon bits would make my family giggle but full!

  2. Rebecca Shockley 16 November, 2011 at 13:22 Reply

    A bowl of pasta shaped like Chess pieces topped with sauce and Bacon bits would make my family giggle but full.

  3. Jennifer G 16 November, 2011 at 19:54 Reply

    A bowl of pasta shaped like our dogs topped with sauce and ground sausage (since my dogs love sausage!) would make my family giggle but full!!!

  4. Barbara 16 November, 2011 at 22:41 Reply

    A bowl of pasta shaped like Sea Shells pieces topped with white sauce and tuna bits would make my family giggle but full!

  5. Cathy 17 November, 2011 at 21:35 Reply

    A bowl of pasta shaped like super hero logos topped with sauce and toasted panko breadcrumbs would make my family giggle but full!

    Thank you for the giveaway!

  6. Sheila 18 November, 2011 at 10:40 Reply

    A bowl of pasta shaped like the Mellinnium Falcon topped with sauce and Parmesan cheese would make my family giggle but full!

  7. carrie miyoko 18 November, 2011 at 18:34 Reply

    A bowl of pasta shaped like horses and cowboy hats and rope topped with alfredo sauce would make my family giggle but full.

  8. Lora 19 November, 2011 at 00:32 Reply

    A bowl of pasta shaped like hexagons w/ridges topped with sauce and shredded provolone would make my family giggle but full!

  9. Tracy Robertson 19 November, 2011 at 05:55 Reply

    Fill in the blanks: A bowl of pasta shaped like shoes topped with sauce and meatballs would make my family giggle but full!

  10. Kimberly Hayes 19 November, 2011 at 06:57 Reply

    To dream big on designing my own pasta, I’d make it with pictures of family on it. Or, even the art my husband makes cuz I think it would make me or my family want to fix & eat pasta more. Either way, I would pair it with a white sauce cuz we’re big cheese lovers, plus why would I want to bury that piece of art (so to speak!) with a bunch of red sauce &/or meat!! But then I don’t think they or I would want to eat it cuz it’d look just too good to eat, lol! Regardless tho, in the end, it will be fun & we’ll be full!

  11. Peter S 19 November, 2011 at 14:25 Reply

    Pasta shaped like tigers w/ a cheddar cheese sauce and a small bit of something purple would definitely make my family giggle, especially the smallest one. 🙂

  12. Jennifer Marie 19 November, 2011 at 16:20 Reply

    A bowl of pasta shaped like the mario brothers topped with sauce and meat balls would make my family giggle but full!

  13. Katie Trenerowski 19 November, 2011 at 16:57 Reply

    A bowl of pasta shaped like trains topped with sauce and parmesean cheese curls (as smoke) would make my family giggle but full!

  14. sarah davis 19 November, 2011 at 17:36 Reply

    A bowl of pasta shaped like pumpkins topped with sauce and squasg would make my family giggle but full!
    sarah at realtorsd.com

  15. Maria 20 November, 2011 at 14:32 Reply

    A bowl of pasta shaped like VW Beetles topped with sauce and TONS of parmesan cheese would make my family giggle but full! 🙂

  16. Carolsue 20 November, 2011 at 16:26 Reply

    A bowl of pasta shaped like dinosaurs topped with Marinara sauce and TONS of mini meatballs would make my family giggle but full!

  17. Teresa Moore 24 November, 2011 at 22:34 Reply

    A bowl of pasta shaped like sock monkeys topped with sauce and cheddar cheese would make my family giggle but full!

  18. Julie L 25 November, 2011 at 10:52 Reply

    a bowl of pasta shaped like our dog Missy topped with mozarella cheese and pizza sauce would make my family giggle thanks

  19. Chacoy 26 November, 2011 at 20:26 Reply

    A bowl of pasta shaped like designer shoes topped with sauce and gold would make my family giggle but full! lol
    According to my son
    A bowl of pasta shaped like Star Wars guys topped with sauce and cheese would make my family giggle but full!
    This was fun, thanks for the opportunity;)

  20. Elsie 27 November, 2011 at 21:46 Reply

    Fill in the blanks: A bowl of pasta shaped like Christmas trees topped with tomato sauce and green brocoli would make my family giggle but full!

  21. Imelda Blanchard 9 December, 2011 at 23:47 Reply

    shaped like fish aned topped with little meatballs. A bowl of pasta shaped like our labs topped with sauce whould make us laugh. A bowl of pasta shaped like t-rex’s topped with sauce and cheese would make my family giggle but full! A bowl of pasta shaped like planes topped with sauce and mountains of cheese would make my family giggle but full!

  22. joseph gersch jr 13 January, 2012 at 06:22 Reply

    I won and never received this…I have tried emailing but have not gotten any recent reponses..can you contact me?

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