Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Contes Pasta Company Review

Italian food is one of my favorite cuisines. How can you go wrong with melty cheese, homemade pasta, luscious sauces and olive oil with bread? The answer is simple, you can't! My favorite go-to Italian dishes are gnocchi and tortellini, these dishes are perfect if you're looking for comfort food to warm your soul with. I believe that Italian food is best served with red wine and lots of laughs with friends and family.

Contes Pasta Company offers wheat free and gluten free microwavable Italian meals and pizzas. If you're craving something delicious, why not sink your teeth into an irresistible Margherita pizza? Contes Pasta is definitely the pasta headquarters if pasta is what you're in the mood for. If you're looking for stuffed shells, cheese ravioli, spinach and cheese ravioli, gnocchi, and so much more, they have you covered. If you have celiac disease or gluten intolerance, you will not be left out anymore! You can enjoy fantastic food from the freezer to the microwave in moments.

I was sent an extremely generous package filled with stuffed shells, pierogis, ravioli, pizza shells, gnocchi, lasagna and more! My dining room table was quickly transformed into the frozen food section at the grocery store! I loved it.

Since I was sent so much, I wasn't sure what to try first! I don't suffer from gluten intolerance, but sometimes it's good to give your body a break from it. I decided to try the potato and onion pierogis. I served them with grilled chicken and a salad. The pierogies cooked in boiling water in about 6 minutes. Unfortunately, I forgot to take a picture of them before I ate them. The pierogis were large and in charge and filled with a delicious potato and onion mixture. They smelled wonderful too!

Upon biting into the pierogi, my taste buds were hit with the soft chewy shell of the pierogi, which was very warm and inviting. The potato and onion flavor was prevalent, although each flavor was separately noticeable. The potato flavor was hearty and filling and the notes of the onion complimented the potato well. The onion flavor was not incredibly strong, but you could taste it. The pierogi was soft, but had a nice firmness to it. I enjoyed the periogi and definitely had another, or two or three. :) With some gluten-free foods, you'll notice a taste difference, but I honestly couldn't notice any difference at all. It tasted like any other pierogi I've enjoyed previously.

A few days later, I wanted to try the gnocchi. I had been eyeing it in my freezer and couldn't say no anymore. I had to give in! The frozen meal was very easy to prepare, just cut a slit in the center and microwave on high for 5 minutes. I watched the microwave as my fantastic gnocchi cooked inside. When the microwave dinged, signaling the pasta was ready, as was my stomach! It was time to eat! This is what emerged from the microwave:

Look at those fluffy and hearty gnocchi's!

The gnocchi and sauce made my kitchen smell incredible, like an Italian restaurant. I sampled the first gnocchi and my heart melted into liquid marinara sauce. The gnocchi was warm, fluffy, and had a wonderful potato flavor. I've had gnocchi's that are too soft, or too firm, but this one was just right! The gnocchi was soft, but had the ideal amount of firmness. The flavor of the marinara sauce was thick, absolutely wonderful and complimented the gnocchi extraordinarily well. The entire dish was only 380 calories. For such a small amount of calories, you did get a large amount of pasta. I ate this for dinner on its own and was full afterwards. The gnocchi did not have any sort of noticeable taste difference, being that it was gluten free. The best part was that I didn't even have to leave my house to enjoy a restaurant-quality meal!

I can't wait to try the rest of the Italian yummies that I have in my freezer. I know I will love them. If you haven't tried Contes Pasta before, I urge you to try them soon! Conte’s Pasta Products are in hundreds of restaurants and grocery stores. You can call them at 1-800-211-6607 to find a location near you!

*DISCLOSURE* Thank you to Contes Pasta for providing me with the complimentary food in exchange for this review. All thoughts and opinions are strictly mine and not based on anything else.

Post a Comment