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Category Archives: Pasta

The folks over at Fischer & Wieser sent me some of their Mom’s Fresh Garlic & Basil Spaghetti Sauce. My husband and I  tried it out for dinner with some gluten free spaghetti.  To prepare the sauce, I first browned a half pound of ground beef, then added the jar of sauce to the pan, and let it simmer to evaporate some of the liquid. It smelled delicious while cooking, and proved to be quite tasty.

One of the things I noticed about this sauce, is that it had whole cloves of garlic and whole basil leaves in it. Since my husband and I consider garlic to be a vegetable, this was very pleasant for us. However, if you aren’t as big of fans of garlic as we are, you might not appreciate that.  The second thing I noticed was that this sauce was thinner than other sauces I have used, so I did have to simmer a while for it to be the consistency I wanted. The good part about that, though, was that the flavors mingled better.

Bottom line is, we both enjoyed this sauce. It had a hearty garlic flavor that we both love, and needed no addiitonal herbs or spices to perk it up. Because it is a gluten free product, I could eat knowing I wouldn’t get sick.

Here is a recipe they sent me. I am going to be making this soon!

Italian Simmer Steaks

1/2 cup butter

1/4 cup chopped onion

1/4 cup chopped green pepper

4 beef steaks, sliced into 1 inch strips

Salt and pepper to taste

1 24-ounce jar Mom’s Fresh Garlic & Basil Spaghetti Sauce

Melt butter in skillet; add chopped onion, green pepper, and sliced steak. Sauté until onions are translucent and steaks are browned, approximately 10 minutes. Pour Mom’s Fresh Garlic & Basil Spaghetti Sauce over ingredients in skillet. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to simmer. Add water 1/4 cup at a time as needed. Simmer 2 hours or until steak is tender. Serve over rice with a tossed green salad. Serves 4.

 

Ingredients: Tomatoes (vine ripened fresh unpeeled tomatoes, extra heavy tomato puree, salt, citric acid), Fresh Garlic, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Fresh Basil, Sea Salt, Lemon Juice, Black Pepper, Vitamin E (source soy).

Nutrition Facts: 70 calories per serving, Carbohydrates 7g, Fat 3g

Where to buy:   Fischer & Weiser has many gluten free products from which to choose.  You can purchase their products online at their website, or find a store near you where they are sold.


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Caesar's Gluten-Free Frozen Entrees

If you have been looking for a delicious Italian gluten free meal, it is finally here! I received six different meals from Caesar’s to try out. So far, I have had the Manicotti with Cheese in Marinara Sauce, and the Stuffed Shells with Cheese in Marinara Sauce. Both of these have been sooo good!

Before I started eating a gluten free diet, I used to make stuffed shells about once every other week. Caesar’s taste just as good as I remember mine being, and they are much easier to prepare. Just take them out of the freezer, cut a slit in the plastic wrap on top of the package, and microwave for 7 minutes. The 11 oz. package is just the right size for dinner with a salad and a slice of gluten free bread, or take it for lunch for a quick and filling meal.

Caesar’s Pasta Gluten Free Stuffed Shells with Marinara Sauce has 370 calories with 37 grams of carbohydrate. Ingredients: Water, concentrated crushed tomatoes, onions, flour (rice flour, corn starch, tapioca flour, and xanthan gum), whole milk ricotta cheese (pasteurized cheese whey, whole milk, vinegar, and salt),canola oil, organic evaporated cane juice, garlic,part skim mozzarella cheese, (pasteurized milk, cheese cultures, salt, and enzymes), pasteurized egg whites, salt, romano cheese (sheep’s milk, sheep’s rennet, and salt) basil, red pepper, black pepper, oregano, and parsley.

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Caesar's Gluten-Free Manicotti

Caesar’s Pasta Gluten Free Manicotti with Marinara Sauce has 390 calories with 42 grams of carbohydrate. Ingredients: Water, concentrated crushed tomatoes, onions, whole milk ricotta cheese (pasteurized cheese whey, whole milk, vinegar, and salt), flour (rice flour, corn starch, tapioca flour, and xanthan gum), potato flakes, canola oil, organic evaporated cane juice, pasteurized whole eggs, garlic, part skim mozzarella cheese, (pasteurized milk, cheese cultures, salt, and enzymes), pasteurized egg whites, salt, romano cheese (sheep’s milk, sheep’s rennet, and salt) basil, red pepper, black pepper, oregano, and parsley.

Other meals in Caesar’s Gluten-Free & Wheat Free line include:

Gluten Free Vegetable Lasagna

Gluten Free Cheese Lasagna

Gluten Free Potato Gnocchi

Gluten Free Spinach Gnocchi

You can find Caesar’s Gluten Free Pastas at Amazon.com. I have also found them at Publix, so check with your local grocer to see it they have them.  Click here to join their Facebook page for more information.