Monday, March 14, 2011

Sausage Pasta

A few weeks ago, SP discovered a package on our front patio.

"Hey you have a package."

"I do? What is it?"

"I don't know. It's big. And brown."

"Go ahead and open it."

"OK"Right around the time he was saying,"Hey it looks like a giant tomato," I was saying,"Oh I bet it's from the Red Pack people."It was. A couple of weeks before the Super Bowl, they contacted me about taking part in a contest between Pittsburgh & Green Bay food bloggers to post as many recipes as possible in the week before the game that used canned tomatoes, specifically, of course, Red Pack tomatoes. I declined to participate. But they are persistent and a couple weeks ago, I found another email asking me if I was interested in a free Red Pack tomato sample kit. I thought about it for a bit, because I'm still not sure if I want to start posting product reviews, but... the part of me that likes free goodie packages won out.The huge tomato can cracked us up. Inside were 2 cans of tomatoes plus some Red Pack utensils. This past weekend, we decided to try the Red Pack tomatoes.We decided to make a tomato sauce using the Red Pack tomatoes. I'm not sure if this was the best choice for judging the taste of these tomatoes because there are so many other ingredients in the sauce, but then again, maybe it was a good choice since we know what a yummy tomato sauce tastes like.

In addition to the canned tomatoes, our sauce ingredients were: onions, celery, pepper vodka, leftover romesco sauce, basil, parsley, oregano, mushrooms, spinach, sausage, and parmesan rind.While it simmered away, I had my first cocktail in quite some time - my usual orange martini. I finished the bottle of vodka and the limoncello is half gone. It might be time for another visit to see EPAS and her Costco that sells booze!
We combined our sauce with regular rigatoni for me:And whole wheat penne for SP:We sprinkled mozzarella cheese on top and baked it until bubbly. And then we ate a lot!It was quite tasty. The Red Pack tomatoes made a fine sauce. We have at least 3 more dinners from our sausage pasta bake -- which is what we want since this week our evenings are quite busy with the arrival of my mom from Las Vegas and finishing moving all the breakables for the start of Project Flooring next week.

*I wasn't specifically asked to write about Red Pack tomatoes, I was simply offered a sample kit, and we decided to use it.

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