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Old 05-21-2013, 06:46 PM
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I eat pasta without sauce. Is this weird?

I eat pasta without sauce. I usually eat it plain, though with spaghetti, I like to put lots of grated Parmesan cheese on it. Does anyone else do this?

(I'm a very picky eater, by the way.)

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Old 05-21-2013, 06:48 PM
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naked noodles can be tasty. same with bread.
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Old 05-21-2013, 06:53 PM
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You monster!
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Old 05-21-2013, 06:54 PM
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It's unusual, I suppose, but not weird. And buttered noodles with Parmesan cheese is fucking awesome.

I used to eat salad without dressing until I was in my 30s. And cereal out of the box, no milk. Ramen straight out of the package. All kinds of stuff "not as intended."
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Old 05-21-2013, 07:28 PM
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Butter, parm and pepper is super yummy and comforting.
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Old 05-21-2013, 07:41 PM
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My mother used to give me spaghetti, butter, and salt when I complained about being hungry before dinner was ready. I haven't done it in a long time, but I suspect that a big bowl of spaghetti, butter, and salt would be incredibly delicious.

Better with Parmesan, but if that wasn't available, it'd still be plenty good.
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Old 05-21-2013, 07:53 PM
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weird, probably not. Bland, probably yes.
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Old 05-21-2013, 08:14 PM
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Pasta with nothing: weird. Pasta with Parmesan cheese: not weird. Pasta with Parmesan cheese and butter: not only not weird, but perfectly normal.
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Old 05-21-2013, 08:20 PM
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Real men eat pasta without sauce (and I mean men as in mankind).
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Old 05-21-2013, 08:23 PM
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I do it when the mood strikes me. It may or may not be weird, but certainly you are not alone.
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Old 05-21-2013, 08:26 PM
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Macaroni with butter and salt is one of my favorite sins. I can eat an entire package of the pasta in one sitting.
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Old 05-21-2013, 08:35 PM
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Completely plain is a little odd. But with Parmesan and/or butter? Not weird at all.
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Old 05-21-2013, 08:40 PM
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Seems fine to me as long as you put something on it. Just salt and pepper might be sufficient, but a little olive oil and crushed garlic wouldn't hurt, along with some basil and parsley, and a hint of rosemary of course, then topped with some crushed red pepper and a sprinkling of parmesan. That's pretty plain.
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Old 05-21-2013, 09:16 PM
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My kids do not like sauce of any kind, so they eat it without (although usually with shredded mozzarella or some other Italian cheese blend). I used to heat up a small amount of sauce for myself in the microwave (no sense getting a pot dirty) but lately I've taken to not even doing that, so I eat it sans sauce right along with them (although I've been known to simmer some diced up bell peppers in butter and pour that over the pasta...not sure if that counts as a sauce) .

Oh and I almost NEVER eat pasta without either sausage or meatballs, and usually garlic bread (or at least a buttered roll) to go with it. I'll pass on the sauce, but these are mandatory!
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Old 05-21-2013, 09:23 PM
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naked noodles can be tasty. same with bread.
Maybe I'll call sauce-less pasta "naked" from now on. I like to eat toast dry (with nothing on it), and my mother's cousin called it "naked toast."

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Old 05-21-2013, 09:51 PM
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I eat noodles with just parmesan* fairly often, and with nothing at all quite a lot in earlier years.

*Specifically, cold noodles and cold parmesan. I like it on warm days when I don't want to cook or eat anything hot.
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Pasta in buitter with lots of garlic salt.

But I only eat it in my underwear, because the way I see it, if I'm going to degrade myself like that, I might as well go the full monty.
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I eat it with very hot green chillies and peppers, onions, mushrooms, and a little bit of vinegar.
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Old 05-21-2013, 10:01 PM
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Sometimes. Though probably never just plain noodles with absolutely nothing on them. Old Spaghetti Factory has a dish of spaghetti with browned butter and mizithra cheese. I'd order that without the brown butter.

I'll also take a rotelli pasta and just eat it with crumbled feta. I also commonly drain all of the liquid out of noodle soups (particularly pho and ramen) before eating it but that is just because I'm not really fond of eating/drinking hot liquids.
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Old 05-21-2013, 10:07 PM
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That ain't nothing. My kids like their spaghetti naked AND raw!

(crunch crunch)
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One of my nieces does this, too.
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Old 05-21-2013, 10:22 PM
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Who cares if it's weird, so long as it's good!

I recently made a batch with olive oil, cracked pepper and some sliced garlic that was to die for.
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Old 05-21-2013, 10:39 PM
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But I only eat it in my underwear, because the way I see it, if I'm going to degrade myself like that, I might as well go the full monty.
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When I was a kid my mom always served the spaghetti and the sauce separately. While everybody else in the room would put the meat sauce on the noodles, my mom ate her spaghetti with butter, and ate the meat sauce separately with a spoon.

I always thought that was weird.
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Old 05-22-2013, 04:58 AM
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Never heard of pasta with butter but one of my stand-by quick recipes is spaghetti with paremesan, olive oil and flaked chili.

Nearly naked.........let's say barely dressed.
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Old 05-22-2013, 06:18 AM
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Years ago one of the pasta companies (Mueller's?) used to run an ad featuring a side dish of 'buttered noodles'. So no, not unusual at all, in my eyes.
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Old 05-22-2013, 01:29 PM
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I eat spaghetti with butter, salt and parmesan cheese all the time. It's the only way I'll eat spaghetti if my husband is making the sauce because his recipe involves dumping a jar of sauce into a pan then rinsing out the jar with some water and dumping THAT into the pan, adding a metric buttload of garlic to it and then heating it.

If I make my homemade sauce, however, then I'll eat it with sauce. I'm kind of a snob that way.
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Old 05-22-2013, 01:42 PM
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I was probably 10 before I started eating spaghetti w/meat sauce. Eating w/butter+cheese, not weird at all, and as mentioned above, awesome!
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Old 05-22-2013, 01:46 PM
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Pasta, butter, Parmesan cheese and some garlic salt (or real garlic if I have it) and I am a very happy camper.
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Old 05-22-2013, 02:02 PM
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Does anyone eat sauce without pasta?
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Old 05-22-2013, 02:04 PM
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I enjoy plain pasta, I think it is yummy. I will usually toss it with a small amount of butter, maybe some pepper and/or chili pepper flakes, and a sprinkle of parm. Okay, I guess that really isn't plain pasta after that.
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Old 05-22-2013, 02:23 PM
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During my one trip to Italy (Northern Italy), some of the best pasta dishes I ate were ones served with butter only, with fresh parmesan on the side.
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Old 05-22-2013, 04:21 PM
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Does anyone eat sauce without pasta?
Sure. Cold leftover sauce out of a jar with a spoon. But it has to be a good sauce with roasted tomatoes and cabernet, or something chunky and rustic. Not as a meal but something to have while getting dinner ready.
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Old 05-22-2013, 06:47 PM
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Pasta just with butter seems very bland and a bit odd to me.

How do you define sauce? Sautee a bit of garlic or shallots in good olive oil, put this on spaghetti and add parmesan. Great.
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Old 05-22-2013, 11:32 PM
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Macaroni with butter and salt is one of my favorite sins. I can eat an entire package of the pasta in one sitting.
One pound rotini, one stick butter, 3/4 of the 8 oz parmesan container. Wouldn't want to go overboard with the cheese.

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Old 05-22-2013, 11:43 PM
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Does anyone eat sauce without pasta?
When I was a kid, I would make a meal out of garlic bread and spaghetti sauce.
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Pasta dry? yep wierd. But pick one from COl A and 1-3 from COL B = perfect.

COL A
Butter
Olive Oil

COL B
Parmesan
Basil
Garlic

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Old 05-23-2013, 12:38 AM
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Hell. I've been eating pasta (spaghetti mostly; sometimes macaroni) raw for as long as I can remember. Also sometimes put italian dressing on raw macaroni. Eating it naked, while probably blander and less crunchy than eating it raw, is not something I'm going to give you a hard time about.
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Olive oil
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Salt
Oregano
Feta

Fresh tomato wedges peppered on the side.
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Old 05-23-2013, 01:36 AM
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Seems fine to me as long as you put something on it. Just salt and pepper might be sufficient, but a little olive oil and crushed garlic wouldn't hurt, along with some basil and parsley, and a hint of rosemary of course, then topped with some crushed red pepper and a sprinkling of parmesan. That's pretty plain.
I grew up on this. In my Italian family, it was known as Aglio e olio
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Old 05-23-2013, 07:11 AM
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I eat pasta without sauce. I usually eat it plain, though with spaghetti, I like to put lots of grated Parmesan cheese on it. Does anyone else do this?

(I'm a very picky eater, by the way.)

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That's my #1 hangover food. Sometimes I'll add garlic powder, sometimes not, but always with lot's of parmesan!
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Yup, that's my single biggest comfort food. Giant plate of pasta (rigatoni most often, but really anything - and by giant I mean at least half a box, probably more like 3/4ths+) with some butter or olive oil, salt, and parmesan. Fresh garlic if I have it, but if not, that's fine too. Heck, give me a bit of time to prep and I'll make the stuff fresh and eat an entire pound of it.

It's also both the first thing to go and the thing I miss most when I am watching what I eat, of course...
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Not weird at all. Add me to the legions who love pasta with butter, garlic and a little parmesan. Better that way than drowning in sauce.
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My roommate would eat ramen noodles without cooking them and without the seasoning. That's weird. You are less so, but I still find it odd that you don't at least need salt.
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My roommate would eat ramen noodles without cooking them and without the seasoning. That's weird. You are less so, but I still find it odd that you don't at least need salt.
I used to do that too, heh. Sometimes I'd open the flavour packet and dip my tongue in it occasionally.
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Old 05-23-2013, 06:30 PM
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My roommate would eat ramen noodles without cooking them and without the seasoning. That's weird. You are less so, but I still find it odd that you don't at least need salt.
Isn't that a stereotypical university student thing to do, or something?
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I can't have tomato sauce, so mine's generally butter and sea salt. I do like cheese sauces on other types of pasta, though.
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butter, coarse ground pepper, red pepper flakes, basil, oregano, fennel, and hot sauce...we rock...peace/katie
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Old 05-23-2013, 10:17 PM
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If you ever go to Italy, you will fit right in!

I love Pasta al Burro (pasta with butter) and would order it everywhere!
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Old 05-23-2013, 11:30 PM
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I grew up on this. In my Italian family, it was known as Aglio e olio
Right. That's Italian for plain pasta.
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