Season 1, Episode 5

Ultimate Recipe Showdown: Pasta

Food Network searched for the Ultimate Pasta Recipe. After a nationwide recipe contest, nine finalists competed in three rounds: Spaghetti and Meatballs, Stuffed Pasta and Lasagna. A panel of food experts determined whose pasta dish was the best. See who walks away the winner of $25,000!


COMPETITORS:
Lasagna

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Elizabeth Morath -- PASTA GRAND PRIZE WINNER!
Recipe: Summer Eggplant Lasagna


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Sonali Ruder
Recipe: Spanakopita Lasagna
Hometown: New York, N.Y.


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Laura Konen
Recipe: Meat-za
Hometown: Fond Du Lac, Wis.

Spaghetti & Meatballs

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Ying Compestine
Recipe: Spaghetti with Lion's Head Meatballs
Hometown: Lafayette, Calif.


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Elaine Jones -- Winner!
Recipe: Mediterranean Pasta with Lamb Meatballs
Hometown: Salt Lake City, Utah


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Cecelia Ward
Recipe: Chicken Gravy and Meatballs with Multigrain Spaghetti
Hometown: Troy, N.Y.

Stuffed Pasta


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Michelle Herrigel -- Winner!
Recipe: Mama Mirabella's Ham and Cheese Ravioli
Hometown: Pottstown, Pa.


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Lorraine Stevenski
Recipe: Stuffed Manicotti with Fresh Marinara Sauce
Hometown: Clearwater, Fla.


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Amy Thorson
Recipe: Stuffed Shells with Chicken and Arugula and Creamy Alfredo Sauce
Hometown: Marietta, Ga.

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Recipes From This Episode

Stuffed Manicotti with Fresh Marinara Sauce

Stuffed Shells with Chicken and Arugula and Creamy Alfredo Sauce

Summer Eggplant Lasagna

Mediterranean Pasta with Lamb Meatballs

Spanakopita Lasagna

Mama Mirabella's Ham and Cheese Ravioli

Chicken Gravy and Meatballs with Multigrain Spaghetti

Spaghetti with Lion's Head Meatballs

Meat-za

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