July 17, 2018

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Presto Pasta


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When you want a nutritious and satisfying meal that’s ready in 30 minutes or less, pasta delivers. Get inspired with a few new ways to take pasta night to new heights.

Pick the Pasta

Experiment with different pasta cuts to reinvent go-to pasta dishes. For the perfect pasta-to-sauce ratio, pair tubular and shaped noodles like Penne Rigate and Rotini with chunky meat or vegetable-based sauces. And coat long, thin noodles like Spaghetti and Thin Spaghetti with lighter, cream- or olive oil-based sauces such as pesto or a simple marinara. Whole-grain Ronzoni® Healthy Harvest® Pasta varieties are made with 100 percent whole wheat and supply 56 grams of whole grains and five grams of fiber per serving.

Premium Ingredients

The most memorable Italian meals are made with premium ingredients like new Filippo Berio® Delicato and Robusto Extra Virgin Olive Oils. Each varietal has its own distinct usage suggestions and food pairings. Full-bodied Robusto adds a bold burst of flavor to meat and poultry, soups, vegetables and hors d’oeuvres, while mild and light-bodied Delicato is ideal for seafood, sauces and tossed salads. Visit their website for more usage ideas, healthy cooking tips and recipes.

Sensational Sauce

Pasta sauce doesn’t have to come from a jar. To make a traditional sauce from scratch in minutes, simmer a can of Italian seasoned crushed tomatoes with onions and garlic and serve. Or give our Roasted Red Pepper Sauce a try. It combines recipe-ready Weis Quality Sweet Peppers with Garlic with bold-tasting sun-dried tomatoes, sautéed onion, smoked paprika and just a splash half and half. The best part—it’s ready in 30 minutes or less.

Mama Mia

For Italian meatballs that rival the flavor of homemade, without the fuss, try the original family recipe of MamaMancini’s® Italian Meatballs and Slow Cooked Italian Sauce. All the work has been done for you with these fully-cooked Beef or Pork Sausage Meatballs from the fresh meat department. They are made with wholesome ingredients like beef or pork, Romano cheese, onion, garlic and olive oil. Then they hand-shaped before slow cooking in a rich plum tomato sauce. To use, just heat and serve with your favorite pasta or use them to make a classic meatball sandwich.

Do it Yourself

Make homemade pasta sauce a standout with Superior Touch® Better Than Bouillon® Chicken, Vegetable or Beef Base. They are made with real chicken, vegetables and beef that give them a more intense flavor than traditional bouillon cubes, granules and soup bases. Compared to other bouillon alternatives, they also contain less sodium per serving. A little goes a long way to add robust flavor to soups, stews and sauces. Store the opened jar in the fridge for use anytime. Look for it in the broth aisle where you’ll find their Organic varieties too.

Kick Up the Flavor

It’s amazing what one ingredient can do. Simply sauté al fresco® Chicken Sausage for seven to nine minutes and add it to any basic pasta dish to make it extraordinary! These fully-cooked chicken sausages are made with 100 percent lean skinless chicken and contain 70 percent less fat and 30 percent less sodium than traditional pork sausage. Try all four gourmet flavors, including Sweet Italian, Roasted Red Pepper and Asiago, Sweet Apple and new Chipotle Chorizo. What’s more? They contain no nitrates, nitrites, preservatives and artificial flavors and are also gluten free.


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