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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