When you think of the Thanksgiving menu, what are the foods that come to mind?

Of course you’ve got the turkey, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, that string bean casserole with the cream of mushroom soup and French fried onions. Then there’s dessert featuring pumpkin pie and or apple pie with whipped cream.

Of course by the time you get to dessert, you may be falling asleep. Not because of the Tryptophan in the turkey, but because this is the most boring meal you will ever eat! That’s probably why you never see it any other day of the year.

You need something extra to break up the Thanksgiving meal. The meal needs to be in stages. You kick the Thanksgiving Day events off with an antipasto, which means before macaroni. The antipasto consists of assorted Italian cheeses including provolone, fresh mozzarella, Soppressata, Mortedella, etc.

On my thanksgiving dinner, we need macaroni, in some form, on the Thanksgiving table. It could be lasagna, Manicotti, baked Ziti, whatever type of pasta that you prefer. There must also be the meats to accompany the pasta! Meatballs, sausage, pork butt with bone, Braciole, all in a nice red gravy, and yes I said gravy.

Now that’s a Thanksgiving that will keep you awake and wanting more! I can’t believe that there are people in the world that do not include some form of macaroni on their Thanksgiving table. I pray for them, the less fortunate who are forced to struggle with a bird that will never be strong enough to headline a meal.

What’s on your Thanksgiving table? Do you think that macaroni should be a part of a Thanksgiving Day meal?