Thursday, August 23, 2012

Progresso Review

Cooking is one of many things that I enjoy in life. I'm not a gourmet chef by any means, but I find cooking relaxing and therapeutic. Of course I always love to try new recipes in the hopes of finding new dishes to create and serve. Like everyone else, I don't always have time to make a meal from scratch. I welcome any cooking shortcuts to help me make delicious meals, but in a fraction of the time. For that, I turn to Progresso.

Crafted for taste, Progresso Soups are made from authentic recipes, using only the highest-quality ingredients. Their chef-inspired broths are 100% natural and deliver rich, homemade flavor. Progresso Foods brings you premium quality ingredients that can help you make a meal everyone will remember. At Progresso, they believe that food should always be delicious.

I've been enjoying Progresso soups for as long as I can remember. What I love most about the brand is that they offer lower calorie or reduced sodium soups that are still equally delicious. They have so many delicious flavors that are sure to satisfy. A lot of their soups contain hearty servings of veggies, making them light, or 100 calories per serving. The soups are filling and wholesome.

Recently, Progresso has introduced a new line of cooking sauces. Progresso Recipe Starters come in five varieties and give cooks a head start to home cooked. The five delectable flavors are creamy parmesan basil, creamy portabella mushroom, creamy roasted garlic, creamy three cheese, and fire roasted tomato. Don't these sound fabulous? Ideas of what to make with these sauces floated through my head as I awaited their arrival.

Pretty soon, a big box showed up at my door containing the cooking sauces, 2 recipe booklets, and a Progresso branded wooden spoon. I love the way it was packaged too.

I read through the recipe booklets for ideas and inspiration on what to make with these fabulous sounding sauces. There are so many different ways to incorporate these sauces into your meal, don't worry you'll never run out of ideas!

I finally figured out what to make. I knew I wanted to use the creamy three cheese sauce first, so why not make a casserole? I got together noodles, broccoli, and ground chicken. I cooked them all and then poured them into a baking dish along with the cheese sauce to bake for about 20 minutes. Since the only thing that had to bake was the cheese sauce, I felt like that amount of time would be enough. The cheese sauce wasn't extremely thin, but it wasn't overly thick either. It was a beautiful soft yellow.

20 minutes later, this is what emerged. I love how beautifully everything cooked together. Do you see the cheese sauce?

When I took the casserole out of the oven, the cheese sauce was bubbling away. It smelled wonderful. The dish tasted top notch too. The sauce really gave the casserole the burst of flavor it needed to be extra delicious. It wasn't overly cheesy, but it gave the dish the perfect amount of cheesiness. I don't like overly creamy and thick cheese sauces, so I was happy to see that the sauce wasn't like that. You could even make a casserole like this with the fire roasted tomato sauce and add a little bit of cheese for a fun Italian style dish. You could substitute my wide noodles for penne too.

I am very much looking forward to trying the other sauces. I want to use the creamy mushroom sauce on chicken breasts and serve them with rice and a salad. I bet that will be delicious.

When you use Progresso's new cooking sauces, you can become your own chef, which is the best part. Have fun creating new recipes and using these sauces in your favorite dishes. Experimenting and finding what works and doesn't is what cooking is all about.

*DISCLOSURE* Thank you to Progresso for supplying me with these complimentary cooking sauces in exchange for this review. All thoughts and opinions are strictly mine and not based on anything else.

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