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Types of Pasta to Stockpile For Emergencies

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Today it’s all about the different types of pasta to stockpile for emergencies. In times of uncertainty and emergencies, it’s important to have a well-stocked pantry that can sustain you and your family. One staple food that should definitely be part of your emergency food stockpile is pasta.

As preppers, we are always looking for things for our long-term food storage that have a long shelf life. There aren’t a lot of food items that fall into this category, but dry pasta certainly does.

Not only is pasta affordable and easy to store, but it also provides a great source of carbohydrates and can be paired with a variety of ingredients. I want to share with you the different types of dry pasta that you should consider stockpiling for emergencies. How To Make Fresh Pasta From Scratch

Pasta is a great whole grain food shortage staple since it has vitamins and minerals nutrients we all need, like manganese, selenium, copper, B vitamins, and phosphorous. It also contains fiber for your diet and to keep your digestion working as it should.

If you choose to go with enriched pasta you’ll also gain other nutrients like iron. This is a great food item if you’re trying to watch your calories, just be careful what you add to the pasta since buttery and oily toppings will add to those calories. Non-GMO Spaghetti Pasta

Types of Pasta to Stockpile For Emergencies

Types of Pasta to Stockpile For Emergencies

1. Spaghetti

Spaghetti is perhaps the most versatile and widely recognized type of pasta. Its long, thin strands make it perfect for pairing with a variety of sauces and toppings. Whether you prefer a classic marinara sauce, a creamy Alfredo, or a simple garlic and olive oil combination, spaghetti can be easily transformed into a delicious meal. Spaghetti can be broken into smaller pieces to make soups or used as a base for casseroles.

Here are some of my favorite casseroles:

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2. Penne

Penne is a tube-shaped pasta with diagonal cuts at both ends, creating a unique shape that holds sauces and toppings exceptionally well. This makes it a popular choice for baked pasta dishes, such as penne alla vodka or baked ziti. Its sturdy shape also makes it ideal for chunkier sauces and hearty stews. 20 Instant Pot® Soup Recipes

3. Macaroni

Macaroni, with its small and curved shape, is often associated with comfort food classics such as macaroni and cheese. It is an excellent pasta to stockpile because it cooks quickly and can be used in a variety of dishes. From soups and salads to casseroles and even desserts like macaroni pudding, macaroni offers versatility and familiarity during challenging times. Without a doubt, this is one of my favorite types of pasta to stockpile for emergencies. Baked Mac And Cheese

4. Fusilli

Fusilli is a spiral-shaped pasta that is perfect for holding onto thick and chunky sauces. Its corkscrew-like shape allows it to capture ingredients like meat, vegetables, and herbs, ensuring that every bite is bursting with flavor. Fusilli works well in both hot and cold pasta dishes, making it a great option for emergency meal planning. 7 Basic Food Items to Stock Now

5. Lasagna

Lasagna is a flat, wide pasta that is most commonly associated with layered baked dishes. While it may require more preparation and cooking time, having lasagna sheets in your emergency stockpile can be a game-changer. With some basic ingredients like canned tomatoes, cheese, and ground meat (if available) for your daily protein needs, you can create a comforting and wholesome lasagna that can feed a crowd. How To Cook With Dutch Ovens

6. Farfalle

Farfalle, also known as bowtie pasta, is a great pasta choice. Its unique shape makes it perfect for holding onto lighter sauces, such as olive oil, garlic, and fresh herbs. Farfalle is also a popular option for pasta salads, providing a delightful texture and visual appeal to the dish. 20 Pasta Salad Recipes

7. Linguine

Linguine is similar to spaghetti but is slightly wider and flatter. This pasta variety pairs exceptionally well with seafood-based sauces, such as clam sauce or shrimp scampi. Those who really like a fish-flavored dish should consider making a tasty meal with salmon, sardines, or tuna. Linguine’s silky texture and ability to absorb flavors make it a must-have for emergency stockpiling, especially if you enjoy seafood dishes. How to Use the Ocean for Food in an Emergency

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Why would you need to stockpile pasta for an emergency?

  • Food storage during emergencies.
  • Have available food items during a natural disaster.
  • Have something to make during a power outage.
  • A great food to include with other items for long-term storage goals.
  • So you have foods full of nutrients in case there are grocery store shortages during a major disaster.

What else can I stockpile for emergencies?

How long does pasta last in storage?

Dried pasta, when stored properly in a cool and dry place, can last for an extended period. Typically, it has a shelf life of 1-2 years past the expiration date. However, it’s important to check the packaging for any specific recommendations from the manufacturer. Which Methods of Food Storage are Correct?

How much pasta should I stockpile per person?

The amount of pasta to stockpile per person depends on personal preferences and dietary needs. A general guideline is to have around 1-2 pounds (450-900 grams) of dried pasta per person, for a minimum amount that can provide several servings. It’s also a good idea to have a variety of pasta types to add variety to your meals. 30 Survival Foods to Stockpile for Any Disaster

Remember that pasta absorbs water when cooked, so it tends to go a long way and fills you up.

Can I cook pasta without electricity or gas during an emergency?

Yes, you can still cook pasta without traditional cooking methods. In an emergency situation, alternative cooking methods such as using a camping stove, a portable grill, a wood-burning stove, or even a solar cooker can be employed to prepare pasta. Make sure to have suitable equipment and fuel options available.

What vegetables should I consider stocking as add-ons to my pasta offerings?

I have lots of different freeze-dried vegetables in my food storage inventory. They would include peas, carrots, corn, beans, broccoli, and more.

Also consider some spices like salt, pepper, garlic powder, and other items for an Italian flair.

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​Final Word

Do you have an emergency food supply? When it comes to emergency stockpiling, pasta is a reliable and versatile food item that should not be overlooked. From classics like spaghetti and macaroni to more unique shapes like fusilli and farfalle, having a variety of pasta types ensures that you can create delicious and satisfying meals even during challenging times. Remember to store your pasta in a cool, dry place and rotate your stock periodically to maintain freshness. May God Bless this World, Linda

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  1. So spaghetti noodles don’t do well in Mylar cause it pokes holes in them. We did however find some large gallon jars with sealed hinges lids that do great. I drop in an o2 absorber as well. Stays good for years
    Macaroni seems to work best in Mylar.
    If it gets old cook it and feed it to the chickens or use it to bait traps. Don’t waste it

    1. Hi Matt, great tip on cooking the old pasta and feeding it to the chickens! We soon learn how to store certain pieces of pasta safely. It’s a learning curve. Linda

  2. Great info Linda! I use all of those pasta’s in all of those dishes but, I still love egg noodles with butter,salt,pepper and my home grown powered chives. Especially on a cooler day!

  3. Linda:

    The only pasta I buy is the private selection Italian Macaroni products. They are bronze cut. They are Crafted with Golden Amber Durum Wheat Semolina. It has no additives and it does not matter what shape they are in. I buy it in Smiths and they are usually only $1.00 to $1.50 a bag and I stock up when they are on sale. I will buy up to 50 bags when it is a really good price if not more. We use a lot of pasta for Macaroni & Cheese w/Bacon, Or chicken or tuna salad, Macaroni with Hamburger, hotdogs or anything I have to put in the mack and cheese. I have 2 big storage containers with all sorts and shapes of pasta. I have no problem with this pasta with my allergies. In fact the store we go to changed the brand one time last year and I let them know what I thought of it. In fact other women decided to chime in and the next time I went to the store They brought back this kind and were selling the other kind for $$0.25 a bag because no one wanted it.

  4. I vacuum seal my pasta with O2 absorbers. I realize there is a lot of air trapped in shells and macaroni that just uses up space, so I started buying square shaped, flat pasta called Chuster small flakes (on Amazon). They are about the size of a nickel but square. They are enriched, too. Since they are flat, they don’t trap a lot of air space and I can get more into a bag. Even the generic food saver bags are expensive, so if I can use less, BONUS!

  5. Linda, I’ve given up storing pasta in mylar. I had heavy enough bags so no holes got poked in them but storing it in jars with O2 absorbers is easier AND it’s easy to see how much you have left if you don’t use a full jar.

    One pasta I love that I didn’t see you mention is Ditalini. It’s great in soups like pasta fagiole or mac and bean.

  6. Linda, I almost forgot to mention that one of mine and Jane’s favorite dinners is Beef Tips in gravy on wide egg noodles. (And I add butter to the noodles).

    When Jane gets home from the hospital (now estimated as Monday) I’ll have to make her some.

      1. Linda,

        I got Jane back home Sunday and she’s hurting but doing okay. She’s eating well and everything seems to be working as it should, so fingers crossed.

        So far she’s wanted Beef Tips and Noodles, a juicy cheeseburger with tomato and lettuce (the ones in the hospital were bone dry), Cheese enchiladas, and for tonight, maybe French Toast. Tomorrow I’m making shrimp cocktail.

        1. Hi Ray, oh this is such good news to hear she is home! And she has an appetite that’s a good sign! Everything she wants to eat is making me hungry! Yummy! Linda

  7. in regard to long term storing mylar/bucket packing of strand spaghetti – 32lbs on average – another 2lbs of macaroni or my fav butterfly pasta can fill the bucket headspace …

    good chance the strands will ruin the pack by poking minute holes in the mylar bag bottom >>> cure is a piece of mylar’s cousin Tyvek/Typar – when sanitized it is also food grade and acceptable to be packed with food long term (no ink or other product on the material – DO NOT use a glue included Tyvek mail envelope)

    use upwards of 2500CC of 02 absorbers – there’s still plenty of air void involved – it’s a heavy bucket – floor storage only – don’t bucket stack …..

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