I was recently challenged by the lovely folks at Giovanni Rana, famous for their fresh pasta ranges to a creative cook up using their brand new fresh pasta sauces. Being a huge fan of Italian cuisine I was certainly up for the challenge.
To help me along my way Giovanni Rana sent me a selection of the new fresh pasta sauces, some of their fresh tortelloni and some shopping vouchers to buy additional ingredients. I’ve tried to be as creative as possible and I hope I have inspired you also to get creative too.
Italian Indulgence Creamy Carbonara Sauce
This delicious chicken and mushroom puff pastry pie was so easy to make. I chopped two chicken breasts and 6 medium white mushroom into bite size pieces. I then cooked them in a little olive oil along with a finely diced onion. I allowed the chicken to cool and transferred it to a pie dish, I then added two pots of the carbonara sauce and topped the mixture with ready rolled puff pastry. I brushed the pastry with a little beaten egg and baked the pie for 30 minutes at 180c Fan.
Simply Italian Basil Pesto
I used the fresh Basil Pesto to create a simple but delicious puff pastry tart. I unrolled a packet of ready rolled pastry onto a non stick baking tray. Then lightly scored a 1.5cm border inside to form the puff pastry edge. Then, using a fork I pricked the base inside this edge and covered it with the Basil Pesto, Parma ham, mozzarella pearls , roasted red peppers and lightly cooked asparagus. I then baked the tart for 15 minutes at 200c Fan.
Simply Italian Sun Ripened Tomato and Mascarpone
I simply heated the Sun Ripened Tomato and Mascarpone Sauce served it with the Giovanni Rana fresh Italian cured ham and cheese tortelloni. It made a quick and tasty meal ready in under 5 minutes.
Simply Italian Butter & Sage Sauce
I oven roasted a boneless salmon fillet and served it with in season asparagus and served it with the warmed Butter & Sage sauce.
Simply Italian Tomato & Basil Sauce
I made my own pizza dough and topped it with the Giovanni Rana Tomato & Basil Sauce, then got creative with my toppings using sliced chorizo and oven roasted red peppers and grated mozzarella cheese.
Italian Indulgence Cream with Hand Picked Porcini Mushroom
I made a super easy soup with one pot of the Cream with Hand Picked Porcini Mushroom Sauce by simply adding 100ml of cold water to the sauce in saucepan and gently heating it through. It made a creamy but light soup with real porcini mushroom pieces.
I was very impressed with the quality and taste of the new Giovanni Rana fresh sauces. I’ve had fun thinking of new and creatives uses for the fresh sauces and it just goes to show that they are not just for pasta alone!
The whole family gave the Simply Italian Tomato & Basil Sauce a big thumbs up, the sweet tomatoey sauce made the perfect topping for our homemade pizzas. My personal favourite was the Simply Italian Butter & Sage Sauce, which tasted so really buttery and rich. I really enjoyed it with my oven baked salmon and asparagus. Although, I can’t wait to try it this weekend served over a sirloin steak with thick cut chips and salad.
Until next time.
Disclosure: I was sent Giovanni Rana fresh sauces, fresh pasta and some shopping vouchers to buy additional ingredient to get creative in the kitchen using their new fresh pasta sauces. All recipe ideas and opinions are my own.