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Smart & Final sent me a box full of their La Romanella products and asked me if I would like to share a Mediterranean inspired recipe with my friends & followers. Well, of course, I said "yes." It's really wonderful when a company is asking you to try out their products and cook a nice meal for the ones you love! Smart & Final also gave me a $25 gift certificate to buy any additional items for my dinner. Right now they are having a fabulous deal: Buy a bottle of Turning Leaf Wine for $5.99 and get a package of selective varieties (16 ounces) La Romanella Pasta Free! I sure did take advantage of this promotion! (Promotion good through 2/22)
First, I had to investigate what would make a recipe Mediterranean. I checked out this website to get my answers. I was surprised by the wide range of countries that actually made up the Mediterranean area. Mediterranean cuisine is defined by the preparation of food in three regions: North African (particularly Morocco), eastern Mediterranean (Egypt, Greece, Israel, Lebanon, Syria, and Turkey), and southern Europe (Italy, France, and Spain). As you can see, I could go in many different directions with the recipes!
I browsed the internet to find the perfect recipe that was considered Mediterranean that my husband would enjoy. There are so many to choose from so go and explore! I picked a few recipes that I felt would be easy to prepare with the wonderful ingredients from the La Romanella line. I asked my husband to pick from them. His choice:
Penne Pasta with Blue Cheese and Mushrooms (I modified this recipe to our liking)
1 package of La Romanella Penne Pasta
1 Medium onion - finely chopped
2 Clove of garlic - finely chopped
1 Teaspoon of dried tarragon
1lb. Of mushrooms - sliced
1 Cup of vegetable or chicken stock
8ozs. Of good blue cheese - Gorgonzola
1 Bunch of flat leaf parsley
La Romanella extra virgin olive oil
La Romanella Parmesan to sprinkle
Salt and black pepper to taste
10 Cherry tomatoes: cut lengthwise
1 sweet red pepper
First fry the onions, mushrooms, red pepper and tomatoes in some of the olive oil in a non stick fry pan - on a good heat - making sure they are well browned. This takes about 10 minutes.
Turn down the heat and add the garlic - cook for five minutes stirring as you go.
Now add the stock and tarragon and reduce until sticky. About 15-20 minutes.
Meanwhile you can cook the pasta in plenty of salted boiling water for about 8-9 minutes.
Crumble the blue cheese into the sauce - add half the parsley and salt and pepper to taste, giving it a good stir.
Drain the pasta, return to the pan and add the sauce - mix well.
Spoon onto 4 dinner plates.
Please, go check out Smart & Final's La Romanella line; they have so many great products.
Disclaimer: I was compensated for my time from Collective Bias. All of my opinions are truly mine. I will always share my honest opinions.