If you read my blog, you may know I am not a fan of jarred pasta sauces.  This is so true.  There are a number of quick and easy pasta sauces on my blog that you can check out.  Now having said that.....yes having said that.....I found a jarred pasata sauce that is to die for.  Mutti Pasata Sauce from Italy contains only a few ingredients:  Strained tomatoes, fresh basil, salt and basil extract.  That is it, nothing else is added. Dang this is good - I could not do better myself.  Such simple ingredients is all it takes.  Simple is absolutely the best, and Italians know that better than anyone, in my humble opinion.  Mutti Pasata sauce, from Italy will always be in my pantry.  There is no paid advertisement here - just wanting to share some love.
Onto my next new love.  I recently found a new Organic Brown Rice Spaghetti - San Zenone Gluten Free Organic Brown Rice Pasta. Once again, made in Italy (Northern Italy) and imported to  This is by (so far) the best gluten free spaghetti I have ever tried.  It is thinly cut - actually it is more like a Spaghettini than a regular spaghetti.  The package says to cook in salted boiling water for 5-7 minutes.  For some reason mine took 9, but no big deal.  It was superb.  I loved the texture, the thinness of the pasta, it was perfect.
I will always en devour to make homemade....however, this particular night I had worked a 10 hour day.  I was toast.  Seriously, toast.
So, for this dish, I heated up a medium dutch oven with EVOO on low heat.  Once heated I added 2 sliced shallots, and 3 minced garlic cloves.  Sauted for 5 minutes, then poured in the pasata sauce, 1/4 cup of water, and a good tblsp. of dried rubbed Greek Oregano.  Brought to a simmer, then added in 2 cups of cooked sliced chicken pieces.
Season with salt and pepper, then serve over the cooked gf pasta.  DH and I were both in heaven.  After a long long day...if you can find simple pure ingredients like this - I say go for it with gusto!   Buon Appettito,  Bueno, mucho Buneo!  Delizioso!  (just a guess on the words here guys... I absolutely have no Italian language). ..but them Italians...I love em! 🙂

Ina Gawne

8 comments on “ITALIANS MAKE IT THE BEST!”

  1. Isn't it great when you find a product that tastes great and makes life a little easier when you've had a hard day?
    How is your business going? You're obviously really busy - which HAS to be a good thing??

    1. Janet - thanks for asking...I just negotiated with a 5th hotel! We are gearing up for a super busy summer. It will mean I will have no life, but that's ok - I love it!

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April 15, 2013