I am not in favor of ‘bowl food’: I’ve lived through this much of the 2000s without ever calling my lunch a grain bowl and I’m going to keep at it. I do, however, love eating lunch out of pasta bowls.
I have yet to use my pasta bowls for pasta, and yet, I still break them out at least once a day. Here’s why: A steep-sided soup or cereal bowl requires that everything in your meal get cozy to the point of becoming indistinguishable. A pasta bowl, on the other hand, affords all of the sauce-containment of a bowl, while still allowing you to spread your meal out and separate it into definitive components, as you would on a plate. A drizzle of sauce or a squeeze of citrus can reach both my leftover prawns and my crispy grilled cauliflower, but they both get a little space to be enjoyed as distinct parts of the meal. When tasked with an abundance of salad, a pasta bowl keeps it tidy (no stray kale curls on my desk) while providing plenty of surface area for crunchy salad seeds, cheesy bits, and croutons.
Pasta bowls are great for kids, too. It never ceases to amaze me how much food little kids can manage to misplace en route to their mouths. If yours are past toddler size but still messy, consider swapping their dinner plate for a pasta bowl. You might just find your after dinner clean up doesn’t include sweeping under the table, for once.
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