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March 18, 2016

Panniello Sun Dried Vegetables

by Anne Paddock

The right amount of seasoning can always take a pasta dish from good to great but figuring out the right herbs and spices to give a dish that zing is often perplexing. More oregano? basil? garlic? Instead of trying to figure it out, consider using Panniello sun-dried vegetables to add flavor and complexity to your next pasta dish. These packets of dried vegetables and spices are wholesome and natural with easily recognizable ingredients that make a robust addition to almost any sauce.

Panniello sun-dried vegetables come in four mixed variety flavors:

Ortolana:  A classic mediterranean mix of eggplant, peppers, tomatoes, parsley, garlic and salt.Panniell-_Ortolana

Arrabiata:  A blend of tomatoes, zucchini, eggplants, chillies, parsley, garlic, and salt that gives heat and spiciness to any pasta dish. “Arrabbiata” literally means “angry” in Italian so the name of the sauce may be due to the heat of the red hot chili peppers and the reaction of those who consume a sauce that packs a punch. Consider adding just a tablespoon of this blend to the tomato sauce the first time.Panniello_Arribiata

Boscaiola:  A mushroom based blend of eggplant, tomatoes, Cardoncelli mushrooms,parsley, porcini mushrooms, garlic and salt that makes a risotto or pasta dish the perfect comfort food.Panniello_Bosciallo

Aglio Olio e Peperoncino: Chili, garlic and salt will make plain old tomato sauce special.Panniello_Aglio_Olio_e_Peperoncino

The sun-dried vegetables come in 1.7 ounce (50 grams) packets. Simply pour the packet (or a portion of the packet) into a bowl and about a cup of warm/hot water (or low sodium vegetable broth) to rehydrate the vegetables. Wait 10 minutes. Heat a tablespoon of olive oil in a pan on medium and add the rehydrated vegetables being careful not to burn the vegetables. Add 1/4 cup  of olive oil to make a basic sauce or add a 26 ounce box or can of chopped tomatoes or a 26-32 ounce jar of tomato sauce to make a tomato-based sauce. Heat to a simmer and serve over pasta.

Panniello sun-dried vegetable packets sell for about $3.99 at Italian specialty markets including Carmine’s in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, Anacapri Italian Market (www.anacaprifood.com), Lorenzo’s Italian Center (www.lorenzosmarket.com), The Golden Hog Market (www.thegoldenhogmarket.com), and Mimi’s Ravioli (www.mimisravioli.com), all of which are in Miami, Florida. Or, contact the company at 786-222-9628 for further information and other retailers.

To read more about Panniello sun-dried vegetable packets and other sun-dried vegetables (eggplant, zucchini, tomatoes, red peppers, and cherry tomatoes), go to the company website:  www.italianproductsofdaunia.com.

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