I had an extremely enlightening conversation with a friend while we were preparing dinner together a few nights ago. The subject was pasta, and what he matter-of-factly said shocked me—me the pasta queen, who really thought I knew pasta and the habits of pasta eaters inside and out. He said that when he makes pasta for himself and his boyfriend, one pound easily and almost always serves two. Okay, these are two fairly big guys, but that is a huge amount of pasta, and with all the sauce and bread to sop it up, that is a tremendous amount of calories. I’ve never heard of eating so much pasta. Then I started asking around, and it seems other people do this too, and not just men. Pasta happens to be one of the good carbohydrates, one that digests relatively slowly, not like potatoes or rice, but if you eat enough of any good carb it will turn into a bad carb from the act of gluttony alone. I don’t mean to embarrass anyone, and coming from someone who can down an entire bottle of Chianti in about 15 minutes, I’m not one to judge.
I guess what I want to say here is more of a reminder than a reprimand. One pound of pasta traditionally serves six as a first course, in true Italian style. If you want to serve pasta as a main course, a pound should serve four, or sometimes five if you have a protein-rich sauce, such as a ragù. I understand Sophia supposedly said that everything you see she can attribute to pasta, but she couldn’t possibly be eating that much. I mean, she does still have a waistline.