Saturday, 30 March 2013

Sacla - Italian goodness in neat little packages


I was delighted to be given the opportunity to try out the pasta sauces from Sacla. It is always handy to have a ready-made pasta sauce in your fridge for those days when you want a warm meal especially in these dreary never ending winter days (seriously, how can it still be snowing when Easter is round the corner) and you do not want to spend hours labouring over the stove. What got me particularly excited was that Sacla remains a family concern, a rarity in the modern works of business, who prides themselves on using the best ingredients in their products.

I opted for the classic basil pesto sauce as I often make my own from the river cottage recipe and I would like to see how this compares with the home made version. The sauce was really simple to use. You simply have to add the sauce to the drained pasta. No heating is required which means less washing up and hurray all around. I stirred it in with some spaghetti and just added some pine nuts. It was lovely, just the right amount of basil, pine nuts, garlic and cheese, not too overpowering which some commercial bottled sauces could sometimes be. I like this so much I am not sure I would bother doing my own pesto sauce again!

I had a lovely time browsing the Sacla website which provided me with new ways to use my pesto sauce. The search engine allows you to find recipes according to the cooking time, the meal type and the product you have. The website also has a selection of video recipes so there is really no excuse for running out of ideas. I didn't know you can use pesto in do many ways! What caught my eyes were the spinach, pesto and pine nut recipe which would allow me to put my breadmaker to good use at the sand time and the Parmesan pesto cheese straws.

A pity I used up all my pesto sauce in sitting (a bottle serves 4) but once I lay my hands on more bottles I am going to give those recipes a try. What better way to brighten these long drawn winter days than cooking new dishes and sharing them with friends?

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