Pasta is one of my all time favorite units to teach in my Foods unit! Pasta is so easy, versatile, and economical that I feel every student should know how to prepare before they leave high school! I always tell my students that they will never go hungry if they know how to cook pasta. Use the provided slide to navigate through a variety of resources to learn more about pasta as your students complete this assignment and work their way into the lab.
- Bell Ringer: Why is pasta simple and complex all at the same time? Share that it’s simple to prepare but complex in carbs.
- I use Google Classroom, so I send out the Exploring Pasta Slide to all of my students using that platform. Everything I want them to work on is hyperlinked on the slide so all they have to do is click on it and it takes them to the information and resources I want them to use as they independently work through the information.
- Once students have completed their notes and activities, we go over some as a class and other parts I collect and grade.
- Students then prepare an easy, economical pasta dish, Two Cheese Spaghetti, in the lab. I have been using this recipe for years, with success! Not only does it taste good, but it’s easy to prepare, eat and clean up in a 43 minute class period. Of course, if you have longer class periods, you can always sub out the angel hair pasta for thin or regular spaghetti.
- If you’re looking for some other easy pasta recipes that can be prepared in 43 minute class periods, try Parade Magazine’s Cheese & Pepper Pasta or this Classic Alfredo by Mr. Food.
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