Most connoisseurs of Italian cooking will tell you there are four attributes that determine the quality of a pasta: the type of wheat used, the quality of the water, how the pasta is drawn, and how the pasta is dried. Of course, the way pasta is cooked is also important but this fifth attribute is the responsibility of the cook whereas the former four attributes are determined by the pasta maker. Read more
When it comes to Italian food, there is one label that can always be trusted: Seggiano. Imported from Italy, Seggiano products include olive oil, balsamic vinegar, artichoke hearts, roasted red peppers, crackers, pasta, flatbread, olives, panforte, sauces, and pesto – all of which are categorically referred to as “Real Food From Italy.”
Made with real ingredients (non-GMO) without artificial ingredients and preservatives, Seggiano food products set a standard for prepared food that is hard to match even in your own kitchen (they grow the olives used to make the olive oil) so don’t feel guilty about buying a prepared food because next to homemade, Seggiano is best. Read more
Put the word “Paris” on anything and I’m there, especially where food is involved. Paris conjures ups thoughts of perfectly seasoned shallots sautéed in a copper sauce pan which is almost exactly what Sunny Paris seasoning by Penzey’s Spices adds to dishes. A blend of purple shallots, chives, green peppercorns, basil, tarragon, chervil, bay leaves, and dill week, Sunny Paris takes the work out of properly seasoning a dish. Read more
Making minestrone soup is usually a labor of love because of the enormous amount of time it takes to soak the beans (hours), chop the vegetables, cook the pasta, and then make the soup. But, there’s an easier way to make an authentic Italian minestrone soup in 20 minutes by using the Pedon Italian Minestrone Timesavers Soup Mix.
Each 8.8 ounce packet is filled with non-GMO products: pre-cooked farro, pre-cooked barley, ditalini pasta, red split lentils, pre-cooked yellow split lentils, pre-cooked green and yellow split peas to provide a high fiber, high protein, salt and sugar-free foundation for homemade soup. Read more
Garlic, lemon, and capers along with fresh herbs add an abundance of flavor to pasta and vegetables in this recipe for Mediterranean Orzo. Adapted from a recipe of the same name by the Purple Carrot, Mediterranean Orzo is a colorful dish that you would expect to be served at a cafe in the Mediterranean…but, without all the oil. Dairy-free, low in fat, high in protein, and with no added sugar, this plant-based dish is easy to cook and ready in less than 20 minutes. Read more
This “meal in a pot” is easy, healthy (low in sodium and fat but high in protein, carbohydrates, and fiber), and colorful with a hearty texture and delicious flavor.
When the weather starts turning cold, a big bowl of chowder – just another word for a thick soup – is just the dish to serve along with a salad for lunch or dinner. Using a bag of Frontier Soups Minnesota Heartland Eleven Bean Soup Mix (which contains dried beans, peas, lentils, and a bouquet garni of herbs and NO added salt), along with a few pantry staples (onion, carrot, celery, chopped tomatoes, vegetable broth, and pasta) makes for one satisfying bowl of chowder to feed a crowd of 10-12 (or a smaller group with leftovers). Read more
Warm summer evenings are the perfect time to enjoy a pasta salad made with savory vegetables – eggplant, zucchini, and spinach – and sweet, juicy nectarines marinated in a light Thai-influenced glaze over rice noodles. Easy to make and full of flavor, Miso-Glazed Veggies with Rice Noodles is a variation of the Purple Carrot’s recipe for Miso-Glazed Peaches and Eggplant with Rice Noodles and Spinach Mint Salad. Read more
If you’re longing for creamy pasta without the dairy, then Pasta with Roasted Vegetable Sauce and Broccoli is just the dish. Roasted butternut squash, sweet potatoes, onions and corn mixed with low-sodium vegetable broth and unsweetened cashew milk form the foundation of a thick sauce that goes perfectly with pasta and steamed broccoli. Read more
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. Read more
Looking for protein, fiber, and great flavor? Try making Penne Pasta with Vegetables, a tasty main course dish that can be made in less than 30 minutes. Simply choose your favorite penne pasta – I used TrūRoots Ancient Grain Penne Pasta, a gluten-free pasta made of all organic ingredients: brown rice, quinoa, amaranth, and corn. With 4 grams of protein and 2 grams of fiber per 2 ounce serving, this Ancient Grain Penne Pasta is wholesome and especially delicious when combined with steamed broccoli florets and stems, green zucchini, bella mushrooms, a bit of olive oil, and seasoning. Read more