Shavuot 2020: Last Call for Pasta & Pizza
Updated: May 25
I got a last minute recipe on Mac&Cheese and a Vegan Pizza option for Shavuot that I have to share with you.
Organic Whole Durum Wheat Fusilli Pasta by 'Tvuot'
'Tvuot', an Israeli company that specializes in organic, natural and high-quality food products has a new Fusilli Pasta made from organic whole durum wheat (i.e. It is NOT gluten free). It is a high quality, Italian-made pasta containing only semolina flour from whole organic durum wheat and water, without any food coloring or preservatives.
The flour is obtained by grinding the whole grain that contains most of the dietary fiber, vitamins and minerals within the bran and the wheat germ. Compared to other carbohydrates ("side dishes"), pasta's glycemic index is low in general (that is, slowly digested, raising the levels of insulin slowly and providing long-term energy) and whole wheat pasta is even lower. Both are even more satisfying when prepared "Al Dente." The other advantages of the whole wheat pasta are the vitamins (E and B), antioxidants, protein, fatty acids and minerals such as iron, magnesium and selenium that it contains.
KOSHER CERTIFICATE: The pasta is kosher parve with the approval of the Chief Rabbinate of Israel and under the auspices of the STAR-K organization.
PRICE: 8.90 NIS for a packaging weighing 500 grams.
1 package of 'Organic Whole Durum Wheat Fusilli Pasta' (500g)
75 grams of butter
3.5 tablespoons white flour
4 cups of milk
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon white pepper
1/2 teaspoon of crystalline garlic
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
100 grams of grated Gouda cheese
100 grams of grated Cheddar cheese
50 grams of crumbled Bulgarian cheese
Topping: 50 - 100 grams of grated Mozzarella cheese. For those who prefer more dominant flavors you can top with Emmental, Kashkaval, Pecorino or Cheddar.
Prepare the pasta according to the instructions but leave a little stiff (about 2 minutes less than the time you usually cook). Strain, rinse and leave aside.
Melt the butter in a saucepan. Add the flour and mix well. Remove from the fire. Add the milk, mix and return to low-medium heat, add spices. Mix until thickened. Remove from fire.
Add the cheeses and mix.
Preheat oven to 180 degrees.
Grease a suitable Pyrex mold. Stir in the Fusilli and the and cheese mixture, and flatten in the mold. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 20 minutes.
Remove from the oven and remove the foil. Sprinkle with a little olive oil and the cheese topping. Return to oven for another 10-15 minutes, till golden-brown.
Vegan Pizza Margherita
The Israeli company 'Aviv Yarok' is launching two new vegan pizza margheritas made from 100% whole wheat flour, without lactose and preservatives.
The special series includes a pizza margherita with tomato sauce and vegan cheese, and a pizza margherita with green olives.
The pizzas should be frozen until used. However, there is no need to defrost them before baking. You just place them in the over, preheated to 200 degrees Celsius, and bake for 10-12 minutes for a light brown finish. The pizzas can be purchased in the marketing chainstores and in nature stores.
A now some fun facts on Pizza Margherita. Why is it called Pizza Margherita?
Pizza Margherita is a version of Napolitana pizza, and it is the world's most widely known and popular Italian pizza. The pizza is made from a flat yeast dough topped with tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese and basil leaves.
While in the Naples area, Margherita, the Queen of Italy, ordered pizzas from a popular pizza baker, Rafael Esposito. One especially prepared in her honor was with tomato sauce, mozzarella and basil - to symbolize the colors of the Italian flag (red, white and green). She liked the pizza very much and in 1906 it was named after her.
KOSHER CERTIFICATE: Kosher Parve under the supervision of the ultra-Orthodox community.
PRICE: 29.90 NIS for a packaging weighing 400 grams.
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