Alphabet Erin

How cute are these organic alphabet pasta shapes from Trader Joe’s?! I’m 28 years old and I still couldn’t resist adding the package to my cart. I’m trying to decide what scrumptious dish I should make with them. So many possibilities…so little time. So what do you guys think? Any special recipe suggestions for the most adorable pasta shapes to ever grace my kitchen?

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1 F_D August 20, 2008 at 7:53 am

Classic mac & cheese style. With shallots.

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2 Cze-Johnson Carrie August 20, 2008 at 7:55 am

honey, please.. my MAIN reason for having kids is so I can buy shaped pasta without any sideways glances from others!!

these are adorable!

I’d say chicken soup, but it’s so HOT out. I do love the idea of my name floating around in something I can see.

I just threw something together the other night… ham, mushrooms, artichokes and big cubes of mozzerella cheese tossed with pasta and a ‘sauce’ made from italian seasonings, my home-made vidalia onion vinegrette and some butter. great for summer cause it was hearty without a heavy consistency… and the dressing gave it a sweet punch.

but love the pasta! Harry and David tend to have fun shapes as well. (I got some flamingos and suns when I was home in jersey in june)

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3 Sues August 20, 2008 at 8:53 am

Those are SO cute! How have I overlooked them at Trader Joe’s the bazillion times I’ve been there?? I agree you need to make something classic. A little chicken soup or some mac and cheese.

Orrr you can string them on a necklace and wear it :)

Sues

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4 rachel August 20, 2008 at 9:10 am

I bought those months ago and STILL can’t figure out the perfect use.

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5 justJENN August 20, 2008 at 9:51 am

I love those too! I make them with tomato sauce (the shape picks up sauce really well) and throw them in chicken soup. FAB stuff.

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6 Erin August 20, 2008 at 11:02 am

OOhhh … adorable! And Mason approves, he’s sitting here and shouted “A B D’s!!!” when he saw the picture. Yeah, we’re working on some skipped letters. ;)

I say something very cheeky … like gourmet Spaghetti O’s???

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7 kitchenbelle August 20, 2008 at 12:01 pm

How about a nice pasta fagioli?!

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8 NIKI August 20, 2008 at 12:30 pm

Those are really cute! :)

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9 wummy August 20, 2008 at 12:44 pm

You need to make individual pasta bakes for you and ck mac and cheese or spaghetti and meat balls

How cute would those little ones be!!!

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10 Hannah August 20, 2008 at 1:20 pm

Pasta salad since it is so HOT outside?!

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11 farida August 20, 2008 at 5:30 pm

These are so cute! I have never seen them in our TJ, or I might have as well overlooked. I am sure my daughter would love these! She can eat and learn at the same time:)) I agree with Hannah, pasta salad sounds great!

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12 Elle August 20, 2008 at 9:01 pm

I just saw those there last Friday! I almost picked some up, but my two youngest won’t eat noodles that are colorful, they’ve got to be the “normal” colored ones. (can you see me rolling my eyes?)

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13 EB August 21, 2008 at 11:09 am

I’ve been eying those too!!! Soooo cute! I would love some floating a great, savory tomato soup (w/grilled cheese of course)

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14 Donald August 22, 2008 at 4:55 am

Wow Erin! You really are a retail magnet! And I thought I was bad. :-)

How about a spicy chicken pasta salad?

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15 Marilyn August 22, 2008 at 8:42 am

So cute! How about alphabet carbonara? Bacon, eggs, and your name for dinner.

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16 Hillary August 22, 2008 at 4:41 pm

Those are too cute! Think about it this way: those letters are way more sophisticated than alphabet soup! But ooh…the pressure, what to make with them that won’t cover up their fun shape? Maybe soup!!

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17 celine August 24, 2008 at 11:43 am

I saw these mentioned in their little booklet, but haven’t had a chance to shop there yet. I’m 34, and I’d be all over this.

how about a nice minestrone? might not be the ideal season for it, but it’d be fun to grab a good ol’ spoon and start picking letters to form cuss words. see? 34 going on 12.

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