The World is Full of Pastabilities! Fun Shaped Pasta, Fundraising Opps & #Giveaway

This is a product compensated post. I received a box of pasta in exchange for my honest review. 
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The Pasta Shoppe

Okay, so maybe its because I just ate a big bowl of Peace, Love and Happiness Pasta but I’ve got groovy, peace and far out on my mind. These words just come out when you are cooking and eating pasta as cool as this! (Recipe Below)

I’m really excited about the box I received from The Pasta Shoppe! In addition to my Peace,Love & Happiness pasta I received the following goodies for review: 

pasta shoppe assortment

I literally fell in love with this brand! The pastas are cute and they taste great! The soups and chilis are very wasy to prepare and are a great way to keep something easy on hand! Plus, The Pasta Shoppe is a company that you can trust, they hand make their pasta in small batches and they offer a top quality Fundraising program (more about that later). 

See the package of Spinach Basil Garlic Angel Hair Pasta in the picture above? Can you say Heaven in a box? This is one of the Pasta Shoppe’s newest creations and its A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!! Plus, if you cook it just right it stays in the nest shape it came in- what kid wouldn’t eat green pasta if it was in the shape of a nest on their plate? Here’s what the Pasta Shoppe says about this heavenly creation:

“At The Pasta Shoppe, we’re constantly using our noodle, and our latest love is a delicate specialty product we call Petite Pasta Nests. The manufacturing process is labor intensive, but the result is delicious! Tender sheets of homemade pasta are fed into a specialized cutter, creating light and fluffy noodles, which we then nestle into beautiful angel hair nests. When cooked, the texture and taste is similar to fresh pasta.”

I’m using my noodle too. Thinking about additional ways to create magnificent pasta dishes with pasta from The Pasta Shoppe. I can’t wait to see what I come up with for the Halloween pasta- I’m thinking of a vinegar and oil based dressing (or maybe even Italian dressing) with diced ham, cubes of cheese and black olives. Okay, well bring on October! I’m ready to make this now!

Fun Pasta Fundraising

 Have Fun, Eat Pasta, Raise Money! Yes, please! If your school, group, team, church or other organization is looking for a way to raise money I highly recommend that you, or they, check out the Fun Pasta Fundraising opportunity! They offer both brochure sales and online fundraising programs. There is something in the brochure for everyone from college football fans, to holiday pasta shapes, cheesy pasta, soup and chili mixes and of course, tons of other fun shapes- cheerleaders need to raise money? Why not push the cheerleading shaped pasta? Holiding a holiday fundraiser? How about the Christmas tree pasta? Seriously, go check them out!  

Peace, Love & Happiness Pasta Salad

peace pasta

This is a simple, easy “macaroni” salad recipe that is a great side! I used the Peace, Love & Happiness Pasta  from the Pasta Shoppe because I liked the mix of colors it gave me in contrast with the peas! 

Simply cook and drain one pound of pasta. Rinse under cold water. Drain well. Mix in 3/4 cup Mayo or Miracle Whip, 1 can of drained tuna and a small bag of partially thawed frozen peas. Season to taste. Chill. Eat. Enjoy! 

Pasta Shoppe Giveaway

Yeahhhh, I know you want some of this pasta too!! The Pasta Shoppe has graciously agreed to give one winner their collegiate pasta of choice as well as a goodie box of seasonal pastas! The total value of the giveaway is $30 but really, with pasta this cute- who’s counting? 

A random winner will be chosen on October 1st. Good luck and thanks so much for entering!! 

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The World is Full of Pastabilities!

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About Erica Buteau

Erica Buteau is head chef at Chateau Buteau where she cooks for three great kids and one hunk of a man, also known there as babe, mom and sometimes referee. She is the author of Moms at Home: A Collection of Recipes and Moms at Home: Holiday Traditions.Additionally, Erica is an Associate Professor of Technology at a Community College and also does freelance writing, blogging and is heavily involved in Social Media and Online Marketing, PR and Marketing Measurement and Communications Research. Her PR Friendly blog, ButeauFull Chaos! focuses on product reviews, parenting, being a mom, empowering women, children's issues (including Autism, ADHD, Childhood Bipolar Disorder and Learning Disabilities), family travel and recipes.


  1. I’d like to win the South Carolina Gamecocks Pasta Salad so I can give it to my friend who is a HUGE GIGANTIC fan of the Gamecocks :)

    But, if I had the choice of any of their pastas to pick for myself, it would have to be the cat lovers pasta!

  2. I’d love the GA tech.

  3. I would get the Nebraska Huskers.

  4. My sister goes to TCU so Id love to win this for her!!

  5. would love to win the Soccer pasta!!!


  7. I love the bicycle pasta!!!

  8. I would choose Michigan Wolverines Pasta Salad
    $5.99 – !

    • I think it’s a bit pricier than traditional pasta but I wouldn’t use these every day. If its a big heavy sauce, it’s going to hide the pasta anyway. I would say these are great for special occasions- like game night or for potlucks and parties.

  9. I would like to get the Penn State Nittany Lions Pasta Salad Collegiate pasta

  10. These are so cool! I would get either the Texas A&M one for my sister in laws or my father/mother inlaw!

  11. These are so cute. I would get the cars or reindeer

  12. Syracuse Orange Pasta Salad—I would note that Syracuse has changed conferences…they have them in the Big East but now they are in the ACC

  13. I like the chili peppers one.

  14. Ultimate Mountaineers Pasta salad….awesome!

  15. I would pick Wake Forest Demon Deacons Pasta Salad.

  16. Florida Gators pasta salad!

  17. Oh yes I would like to have the Michigan Wolverines Pasta Salad.

  18. I’d choose the Texas Longhorns.

  19. Those are so great!

  20. I’d choose the cheese pasta

  21. Florida gators pasta salad!

  22. | Michigan Wolverines Pasta Salad

  23. Indiana Hoosiers Pasta salad.

  24. Fight on, Trojan pasta!

  25. West Virginia Mountaineers Pasta Salad.

  26. I would pick the Arkansas Razerbacks.

  27. I would love the Washington Huskies pasta salad.

  28. I would like the Texas Christian Horned Frogs pasta.

  29. Florida Gators Pasta Salad!

  30. I would choose the Virginia Tech Hokies.


  31. theodore esteghamat

    I’d get Illinois Illini.

  32. I’d choose the Texas Longhorns.

  33. I’d support my state with the Arkansas Razorback pasta.

  34. Virginia Tech Hokies Pasta Salad!

  35. I like the seasonal pasta – starting with the Black Cat Pasta

  36. I would choose Missouri Mizzou Pasta Salad

  37. I would choose the Syracuse Orange pasta salad! Thanks!

  38. The Florida Gators are sooooo cute!

  39. I would choose Alabama – Roll Tide!!

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