Exploring Pasta

If you or your students have been experiencing problems opening the pasta label info link on the hyperside, it should be fixed now. Sorry for the inconvenience! (3/20) 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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4 comments for “Exploring Pasta

  1. Jill Miller
    January 8, 2018 at 4:42 pm

    This is great! My students requested a pasta lab and wasn't sure what I would do. I can't wait to try out the lesson plan with my students at the end of the week. How long did it take your students to complete the assignment?

    • K.Graybill
      January 8, 2018 at 7:47 pm

      I typically give my students 2-3 days to complete the assignment prior to the lab. It becomes homework if they don’t finish!

  2. July 31, 2018 at 12:53 am

    It's amazing how you made an explanation about pasta interesting! Keep it up!

  3. Khadijah Muhammad
    March 4, 2020 at 8:51 am

    Thank you so much for this activity, super awesome and you saved my day! If I could do anything to share the love please let me know!

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