Braces Friendly Foods Series | Swedish Meatball Soffice Pasta
Who doesn’t like pasta? They’re easy and quick to cook without complicated techniques. Many people like their pasta Al Dente or firm but to make this orthodontic braces friendly, we’ll have to make it “molto soffice” or very soft in Italian. My favorite is the tomato based pasta. This dish features lush tomatoes and is therefore high in antioxidants.
1 box (12 oz) of Garden Delight Fettuccine (or any other pasta)
2 cans of tomato sauce or diced tomatos (or a combination)
4-6 tablespoons of tomato ketchup (optional)
18-20 Swedish meatballs (Kroger brand from Fry’s food or any other brand)
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried or fresh basil (chopped)
1 teaspoon sugar
¼ chopped onion
1-4 cloves chopped garlic (to taste)
2-4 tablespoons of corn (or olive) oil
For the Meatball & sauce: In a large saucepan heat corn (or olive) oil over medium heat. Sauté onion and garlic. When onions are clear, stir in tomatoes, basil, oregano and sugar. Add frozen Swedish meatballs and bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 20 minutes.
Start boiling the pasta when the meatball sauce has been reduced to a simmer.
For the pasta: Boil 4 cups of water, place one 12 oz box of Garden Delight Fettuccine (or any pasta) into boiling water and add a sprinkle of salt and a tablespoon of corn oil (or olive oil).
Discussion & Summary:
Prep time: 15-20 minutes
Cook time: 30-45 minutes
I know many of you like your pasta al dente but for those wearing orthodontic braces or Invisalign, cook it molto soffice. The instructions on the back of the pasta box suggest 10 minutes of cooking for very firm, 11 minutes for firm and 12 minutes for tender. I suggest cooking your pasta for at least 15 minutes or more to make it molto soffice. The Garden Delight pasta used here gives us a significant vegetable serving, what more can you ask from a pasta–vegetable and pasta–2 in 1.
If you like your sauce chunky or smooth, you can use either the diced tomatoes, tomato sauce or a combination. In addition, for all tomato ketchup fans who like to put ketchup on nearly all your foods, use the 4-6 tablespoons of ketchup to add even more sweet tomato flavor into this pasta dish, yum!
You can use any type meatballs. I fell in love with the Swedish meatballs ever since I tasted them at the Ikea cafeteria. They are also readily available from Fry’s food in the frozen section and are pretty soft when fully cooked. Delish…MMMmmmmMM..
PS: Please cut up food into small bite sized pieces.
PSS: don’t forget to brush teeth and braces after eating.
Your friendly local orthodontist, Dr. Leo Toureno