Bring Some Italian Passion to the Dinner TableApril 3, 2013 by The Co-operative Food
Italy has offered us some great foods to liven up our British diet. And during April The Co-operative will have some excellent offers on Italian foods and wines making it easier to treat the family to an Italian extravaganza.
Just think of a life without pizza and pasta! It doesnâ€™t sound tempting to me. I love Italian food, both the more obvious fare such as the pasta based dishes which make up a lot of our familyâ€™s menu, and the more robust fish and meats. Probably the first time that I ate meat that had been cooked with fruit was an Italian dish â€“ thereâ€™s one in the spring Food Magazine now that has chicken with olives and prunes. The deep sweetness of the prunes is offset nicely by the olives â€“ it works with stronger flavoured meats too.
Look out for the April offers leaflets and stock up on pastas and sauces, as well as some of the excellent wines youâ€™ll probably see advertised on TV. Hereâ€™s a selection of my favourites.
Napolita dried pasta along with Sacla pestos and Dolmio Bolognese sauces are all half price between 3rd and 23rd April. If you havenâ€™t got time to cook up a sauce from scratch these are great for a quick meal â€“ and you can use pesto to liven up all sorts of dishes, even a sandwich.
Iâ€™d grab a few bottles of the Saluti wines too, they are only Â£4.99 a bottle during the offer period. The Co-operativeâ€™s own branded Pinot Grigio and Chianti are also just Â£4.99.
The Truly Irresistible pasta is particularly good and you can buy a bag of TI pasta and a sauce for Â£2.50. Thatâ€™s a meal in itself, but if you fancy giving a bit more pizzazz then use the sauce as a base for a heartier meal adding mince and topping it with a generous grating of parmesan or another hard cheese. The chilli sauce has a great kick to it too!
Even when you are in a hurry your Italian dinner is catered for at The Co-operative â€“ how about an evening meal deal with a cheesy pasta main course, garlic bread and a tiramisu or panacotta for dessert at just Â£5? Then maybe add a bag of Italian salad for just a pound.
When you have time to cook from scratch though check out the great recipes in the current Food Magazine, you can pick it up in store, or read it online. I mentioned the chicken with olives and prunes â€“ but how about home made gnocchi? Or the lovely salmon fillets with a cheesy tomato crust? On The Co-operative website youâ€™ll find many more recipes to choose from including risottos and a fiery putanesca.
A taste of Italy will bring the gorgeous rich tomato sauces and pastas of Italy to your home for a whole lot less through April, with some lovely wines to enjoy too. Look out for the offers in store, or check out online before you shop.