Well, I’m back from Mousetown, having Food Blog Forumed (yes, I know it’s not a word – sheesh!) with some of the finest people I know – fellow food bloggers, mostly from right here in Florida! I learned a lot and more importantly, got to see some wonderful people, face-to-face, who I’ve mostly only tweeted with before. (Shout out to The Merry Gourmet, The Domestic Mama, Creative Kitchen, Aggie’s Kitchen, Fork, Spoon, Knife (who flew in from NY!), The Educated Palate, and the most talented and organized The Little Kitchen! xox to you all!)
So before I dive headlong into Passover, I wanted to share something with you. I was contacted by the nice people at Buitoni USA, recently, who asked me to try some of their refrigerated pasta and sauce offerings. They sent me two VIP coupons to take to the store and buy whatever I pleased, plus a $25.00 Wine.com gift card to top off the feast! But wait – there’s more: Buitoni will also send one of my lucky U.S. readers exactly the same thing! That’s right – the winner of this giveaway will win two VIP coupons plus a $25.00 Wine.com gift card, so you can have your own little romantic Italian feast, on them! More about that in just a minute.
First, take a look at my delicious Angel Hair Pasta with Pink Alfredo Sauce and Broccoli:
I used Buitoni’s fresh Angel Hair Pasta and their Light Alfredo Sauce, both of which are in the refrigerated section of the grocery store. I can’t even rightly call this a recipe, because all I did was boil the pasta for a couple of minutes to perfectly al dente, steam some broccoli in the microwave, and combine the Buitoni Light Alfredo Sauce with a 14 oz. can of organic diced tomatoes in a saucepan for 5 minutes. The whole meal was ready in under 15 minutes!
And yes, I tasted the Light Alfredo Sauce before adding the tomatoes. I have to say it’s pretty darned good and didn’t taste “light”. It was rich and creamy and I could distinctly taste the Romano and Parmesan cheeses. The addition of the tomatoes lightened up the texture and gave it a very pretty pink color that I love. I didn’t even add any seasonings or doctor it in anyway. Surprisingly, it didn’t need it.
I chose an Italian white wine from Wine.com – a classic Soave – to accompany our meal. Believe it or not, it arrived the very next day after I ordered it, with no special shipping charges! The Soave was clean and crisp and complimented the sauce beautifully.
This was the quick and light meal we were looking for, and honestly? I don’t think I could have made this sauce as low in fat and calories and as fast as Buitoni made it for me. Bummer, right? 🙂
So. Would you like to win your own Italian feast from Buitoni? I’ll make it as fast and easy as this dinner:
“Like” Buitoni on Facebook and enter the Masterpiece Challenge: Top Chef Edition Sweepstakes. You can win two VIP passes to “Top Chef: The Tour” when it comes to your city! Then come back here and leave a comment. That’s it! This is a quickie – the sweepstakes ends this Friday, April 15th at 11:59 PM (EDT), and so does this giveaway!
Just one comment per person, please, and make sure your comment links to a good e-mail address, so I can contact you if you win. I’ll also announce the winner on Twitter and the Flamingo Musings Facebook page on Saturday morning. The two VIP store coupons and $25 Wine.com gift card will be sent to the winner directly by Buitoni.
*Disclosure: I was sent 2 VIP store coupons for Buitoni products and a $25 Wine.com gift card for the purposes of trying their products and writing this review. Two additional VIP store coupons for Buitoni products and a $25 Wine.com gift card will be sent directly to the winner of this giveaway by Buitoni USA. I was not compensated in any other manner, nor was I directed to write this review in any specific manner. The opinions expressed, as always, are my own.