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Sunday, April 04, 2010

Chocolate Recipes for Pasta

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Chocolate Recipes for Pasta, Anyone?

You heard it right, chocolate pasta has been around for many years and was developed in European countries. Have you ever tried nugel kugel, a German dish that combines flat noodles, cinnamon, raisins, pot cheese and sugar? The Italians have recipes quite like that using lasagna and chunks of fruits and not to mention chocolates which really give an awesome unique flavor to the recipe.

Uniqueness of Chocolate Pasta Recipes

These chocolate-related pasta recipes will truly liven up your taste buds, stimulate your very appetite, and really entice you to indulging in it! You will have to try them at least once in your life and I am pretty sure, you will really enjoy it. If you are really interested in chocolate pastas, you can always find one of those special recipes and do them either in your homes, or food establishments such as restaurants.

Knowing the Health Benefits of Both Chocolate and Pasta

But come to think of it, it would be good to also know the health benefits of both pasta and chocolate especially if you are planning to do these delectable and easy-to-do chocolate-pasta recipes!

Anti-oxidants in Chocolates

Yes, there are countless studies conducted to confirm that chocolate contains antioxidants. And many of them have established that antioxidants in chocolates are comparatively high in both quantity and quality. This alone proved that indeed, there are significant health benefits to these sweet goodies.

Did you even know that it is the cocoa that leads the choco pack, followed by the dark chocolates and then lastly, the milk chocolates? It was even detailed out by the Chocolate Manufacturers Association that the dark chocolates have even higher antioxidant content, eight times over the antioxidant content of strawberries.


Chocolates and Pasta Bring Higher HDL

In November of 2001, a research team from Pennsylvania State University established that people who eat and drink greater amounts of cocoa and dark chocolates are found to acquire a little higher concentrations of the good cholesterol, also known as the HDL.

Even pasta, the whole-grain energy foods that are commonly linked to heart disease risks are found to have higher concentrations of HDL which makes pasta boast of its ability to reduce risk factors by a significant 26%. Generally, foods rich in fiber like pasta and oats are often associated with lowering cholesterol and therefore protect people against developing coronary heart disease in both men and women.

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Chocolates on Lower Blood Pressure

Furthermore, there is another study printed in the Hypertension journal last August 2005, figured out that indeed dark chocolates have the capability to lower a person's blood pressure, especially those suffering from hypertension. The experts also found out that the levels of LDL cholesterol, or the bad cholesterol we do not like, can actually be found in people who eat significant amounts of chocolates. So, what are all these things trying to tell us?

Well, bottom line is chocolates are full of natural ingredients beneficial for people's health. It doesn't necessarily mean though that we will get maximum benefits from chocolate products that we will allow ourselves to eat too much! And the pasta? Are their health benefits at par with the benefits we can get from chocolates? The answer is yes. Now, isn't it a delightful chocolate-related recipe that you must try for your kids, your friends and your family? Try making it in your homes and see what a perfect bonding opportunity this is for you and your loved ones!

Chocolate Pasta Fruit Sauce  [serves/makes 10]

Ingredients:
1 package (10 oz. size) chocolate pasta
3 tablespoons Grand Marnier
1 cup raspberry sauce
1 pint whipping cream, whipped
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Directions:

Combine raspberry sauce and Grand Marnier. Fold whipping cream into mixture.
Cook pasta as directed and let cool. Serve over chilled pasta.



 Chocolate Pasta Fruit Sauce

1 10 oz. package Chocoholics Chocolate Pasta
3 tbsp. Grand Marnier
1 cup raspberry sauce
1 pint whipping cream, whipped
Combine raspberry sauce and Grand Marnier.  Fold whipping cream into mixture. Cook pasta as directed and let cool.  Serve over chilled pasta.
Chocolate Pasta Parfait Ingredients:

1/2 lb     Chocolate Fettucini
    -(purchased or home-made)
1 pk     Frozen raspberries, thawed.
1 tb     Corn Starch
1     Whipped Cream

Chocolate Pasta Parfai

Servings: 6 In a small saucepan, smash the raspberries.
If they're packed in syrup, include that.
If not sweeten to taste, and add a little water to make a syrup.
Stir in a the corn starch and cook over low heat until thickened a little.
Meanwhile, cook the pasta until al dente'.
Drain and place the pasta in large wine glasses.
Spoon the warm raspberry sauce over the pasta, and top with whipped cream.
This is quite wonderful, and a distinct change of pace! If you like, you can substitute other fresh or frozen berries, or strain out the seeds.

Chocolate Dessert Pasta
 SERVES 4
 8 ounces regular fettuccine or chocolate fettuccine, cooked and drained
  • 2 cups skim milk, divided
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
 Directions
  • In a small saucepan, combine 1/4 cup milk and cornstarch mixing until smooth.
  • Add cocoa, sugar, cinnamon and remaining milk.
  • Heat just until boiling, stirring constantly.
  • Cook one minute until sauce is thickened.
  • Pour sauce over pasta and combine.
  • Top each serving with your choice of creme fraiche, sour cream or vanilla yogurt.
Chocolate Pasta

In Italy there already exists a type of chocolate pasta, which is made with very bitter chocolate and is usually served with game sauce.

FOR THE PASTA
  • 3 cups (250 g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup (100 g) cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons (25 g) granulated sugar
  • Pinch of cinnamon
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

FOR THE SAUCE
  • 6 teaspoons good-quality, clear honey
  • 6 tablespoons chopped pistachio nuts
  • Sift the flour with the cocoa powder, and stir in the sugar and cinnamon. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients, add the eggs and vanilla extract, and mix to a smooth dough.
  • Roll out the dough on a floured surface until 1/8 inch (3 mm thick. With a pastry wheel cut the dough into strips 3/4 inch (2 cm)
  • wide and about 7 inches (18 cm) long. (If you have a pasta machine, you can use it to roll the dough out into the ribbons.)
  • Cook the pasta in unsalted, boiling water for 3 minutes. Drain and divide between 4 warmed plates. Drizzle a generousteaspoon of honey and sprinkle 1 tablespoon pistachio nuts over each serving. 
  • Serves 4.

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