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When it comes to pastas, we're somewhat of a noodle narrow-minded country. It's the usual suspects over and over again: Spaghetti, macaroni, lasagna, rigatoni, linguine.
Craig Wallen of Spasso Restaurant believes it's high time we came out of our stuffed shells - and is here to expand your horizons by way of carbs. Lots and lots of carbs.
Five Obscure Pastas You Should Know - and Try: Craig Wallen
Try it with: Tomato-braised lamb ragù, rosemary and pecorino.
Cook it with: Clams, shrimp, leeks, white wine, garlic, chilies and breadcrumbs.
Stew it with: Shrimp, scallops, mussels, tomato, golden raisins, black olives, mint and fennel.
Try it: Baked in a tomato sauce with fried eggplant pieces, basil and mozzarella melted over top.
Toss it with: Brown butter, sage, roasted butternut squash and shaved pecorino with a light grating of amaretti cookies over top.
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