I love balsamic vinegar.
I love garlic.
When pastamore.com sent me a package of their Garlic with Toasted Onion Fettuccine with a bottle of Roasted Garlic Balsamic Dipping Oil I squealed with delight. My husband rolled his eyes because he knows how much I love garlic and how excited I get when I find it in a new product.
So last night I made a late dinner for myself as the rest of my household is under the weather and nursing colds. I boiled the fettuccine, heated up some of my home made bruchetta topping, chopped up a mozzarella stick and drizzled the roasted garlic balsamic dipping oil down over the whole plate. I probably broke the heart of every Italian and few at Pastamore but I had to break the fettuccine in half to get it in my pot. These ribbons of goodness are so long! I know that is how they are suppose to be and I love them for it but they just were not fitting in the pot I was using.
The fettuccine lists the ingredients as:
- 100% Durum Semolina
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Contains: Wheat, Gluten
No Trans Fats
No Saturated Fats
How awesome is that?!
I can read every ingredient on the list. This is how food is suppose to be made! With only 240 calories for a 3 oz portion I am well on my way to a healthy dinner. The pasta cooked to perfection. A perfect al dente and my house was perfumed with the aromas of toasted onion as it cooked.
The Roasted Garlic Balsamic Dipping Oil lists its ingredients as:
- Barrel-Aged Italian Balsamic Vinegar (5% acidity)
- Garlic Infused Expeller Pressed Canola Oil
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Dry Minced Garlic
I do admit that before I made dinner last night I did open up the dipping oil and warmed up a loaf of crusty bread. With a fresh jar of dipping oil it would have been a crime not too! I loved all the flavors of this dipping oil. A perfect marriage of oils, balsamic and roasted garlic. The roasted garlic really comes through in this oil. If you love garlic this is the dipping oil for you.
I found this combination of toasted onion fettuccini, warm bruschetta tomatoes, roasted garlic balsamic oil and mozzarella cheese was just what my late night craving was calling for. Comfort food for this non-Italian. Simple ingredients with their flavors brought to life through simple preparation was all I needed for an awesome meal.
To give you a little bit more on the background of Pastamore check out what they have to say from their website: Pastamore began 16 years ago by participating in farmers’ markets all over the State of Colorado. We had a vision to bring gourmet food to the local communities within the wonderful environment of the farmers’ markets. The business has been growing ever since and we are privileged to say we have had fun and have established lasting friendships all over the country.
The ‘get’ the shop local, shop small concept. During these difficult economic times, it’s now more important than ever to help your community. All of us involved in Pastamore feel strongly about this and give back in our local communities. Here in Colorado we are involved with the Food Bank of The Rockies, helping feed the hungry and less fortunate. We encourage everyone to contribute in whatever way possible, whether it be time or money, every little bit helps.
If you are in Denver, Colorado stop by and visit them at 2422 S Trenton Way Suite # F. If you are not ‘local’ but still want to support a small business by buying products that are well made, have simple ingredients and are so delicious contact them through their website pastamore.com or call them at 800-652-9053
Pastamore.com provided me with a full size sample of both the fettuccini and the dipping oil. They did not ask me to write this post. All opinions,preparations techniques and photographs are mine. I was not compensated for my work.