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How to Use Pasta Pantry’s Sauces for Summer Cooking!

Sauce can add a unique flavour to any pasta dish, but it would be a mistake to only use it on our favourite food. Did you know that each sauce we serve at Pasta Pantry can also be had at home? Whether you’re celebrating the season by firing up the barbecue for a backyard party or you just want to spice up your dishes, adding sauces can lead to new and delicious flavour combinations. That’s why we’re excited to show you how you can bring those Pasta Pantry flavours home for your friends and family to savour!

Pair it with Pesto!

Pesto comes from Genova, the capital city of Liguria in Northern Italy. This mixture of pine nuts, salt, basil, olive oil, Parmesean cheese, and of course, garlic, is a tasty and nutritious way to experience new flavours (to learn all about the health benefits of pesto, check out this post).

What many people don’t know is that pesto can also be used as a marinade for all kinds of meats. Chicken marinated with pesto is an unbeatable combo, but don’t be afraid to experiment! Pesto can also be used alongside salmon and grilled shrimp or as a spread for hamburgers and other sandwiches!

When marinating meats, remember that unless you’re preparing a roast or other large cut of meat, there’s no need to marinate it overnight. According to experts, most cuts only need 4-6 hours to absorb the flavours (if you’re working with seafood, it drops down to 1-2 hours; anything longer and your marinate can actually “cook” the meat and change the texture).

IMG_2469 (4)“Dress” Up Your Dish!

How would you like to add a homemade dressing to your next meal? Both our Caesar and Creamy Italian dressings are perfect alongside any greens you’re preparing, but we don’t want to limit it to just salads. For a quick snack on the go, try using them as a dip for veggies like carrots and celery or appetizers like chicken wings!

While these dressings are fine on their own, we encourage you to mix and match different sauces or add new ingredients to personalize your dish. If you come up with an amazing combination, make sure you pass it along to us! That way, we can share it with the world!

Add Alfredo!

Once you try our Alfredo, we promise you’ll never by a canned or jarred sauce ever again. This is perfect option if you’re in a pinch and you don’t want to make your own. While Alfredo can be used with a multitude of foods, we recommend swapping out for tomato sauce when making pizza at home!

This alternative results in a creamier pizza that might just be your next go-to sauce. The best part of making a pizza? It’s an easy way to get the whole family involved in dinner. Simply divide up the tasks, pop your pie in the oven, and enjoy once it’s done cooking!

IMG_2478Interested in using one of our sauces for your next meal at home? Head over to our Fresh Pasta at Home page to see the full list of sauces available for purchase! To stay up to date with Pasta Pantry, make sure you follow us on Facebook and Twitter!