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Reach for Rustic, Simple, Hearty Goodness

by Bill Sweeney

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I am a lover of food. All types of food are good for me. I’m down for most of it. But, I really love good, Italian food most of all. I’m from New York City and live on Long Island after all. While I love my wife and my mom’s homemade tomato sauce, it’s something that takes hours and hours to make. In my world today, with work, the kids’ crazy schedule, and whatever else life throws at us, it’s just not something that’ going to happen all the time. That being said, there’s no way that we won’t be eating Italian multiple times a week. We are always looking for alternatives to make awesome meals that are a little easier to prepare. That’s why I’m really pleased to talk to you about Bertolli® Rustic Cut™ Pasta Sauces in this sponsored post.

Partnering up with Bertolli on this product launch is just about perfect for me! There’s nothing better than a wholesome meal that has you feeling content and satisfied and the Rustic Cut Pasta Sauces looks like it will deliver that in spades. It looked great, and then I was invited to enjoy an entire meal in NYC featuring the New Bertolli® Rustic Cut™ Pasta Sauces. Vera was going to be coming, too. Date night + Italian food = Bill is all in.

My wife and I arrived at the Grammercy Park Hotel looking forward to an awesome meal and a good time, date night. We were not disappointed. The Grammercy Terrace space was lush and beautiful and the happy hour drinks were perfect! It was an ideal setting for a dinner like this. The table, the bar, the lounge were made for a really great place to enjoy the night. We were off to a great start, but the main event was coming up…and I was ready to rock and roll.

We enjoyed a number of awesome dishes that really showcased the sauce and the diversity in which you could enjoy it. Since the sauce is so hearty, the simplicity of spreading it on fresh, toasted bread worked really well. Actually, it was awesome! This could easily be a meal, it was that good and that fulfilling. The Bertolli® Rustic Cut™ Pasta Sauces are full of hearty, thick-cut vegetables that really make the sauce unique and flavorful. It also really makes it pop. The taste and the mouthfeel of those chunky ingredients make for an awesome experience. It was a perfect starter.

Another perfect and super simple preparation had to be the polenta topped with the sauce. It sounds so easy, but it was awesome. Inspired by the simple goodness of Tuscan cooking, the abundance of crisp vegetables like peppers, onions, and carrots matched up really well with the smooth creaminess of the polenta. It was just the perfect addition and flavor to really make this simple dish memorable. It was really well done, nicely thought out. These recipes as well as the sauces are clearly inspired by Francesco Bertolli’s, the brand’s founder, commitment to simply cooked meals using quality ingredients and olive oil to lock in flavor. It truly shows. If you want to try it out for yourself (which you should), here’s a very simple and easy recipe.

I call this Buttery Polenta a la Bertolli® Rustic Cut™. Catchy, yes?

What You’ll Need

  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon coarse kosher salt
  • 1 cup polenta
  • 2 tbsp of butter
  • 1 jar of Bertolli® Rustic Cut™ Pasta Sauce (I like Spicy Marinara the best)

What You’ll Need To Do

  1. Add the milk, water, and salt to a saucepan or pot and bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
  2. In a seperate pot, add the pasta sauce and heat on low heat.
  3. Gradually whisk in polenta to the first pot of milk, water, and salt.
  4. Reduce heat to low; simmer until smooth and thick, stirring almost constantly, about 18 minutes.
  5. Once the polenta is ready, mix the butter in.
  6. Add your polenta to a bowl/plate and generously top with Bertolli® Rustic Cut™ Pasta Sauce.

There you have it. A very simple, very tasty, very satisfying meal. Give it a shot and let me know what you think. The beauty of this is you could use any of the 4 types of Rustic Cut sauces to change up the flavor. You could also add things like cheese to mix it up as well. Now, back to the amazing dinner!

Bertolli® Rustic Cut™ Pasta Sauces were also featured in some great entrees as well. How about grilled branzino, chicken cacciatore (an all-time favorite from my childhood), and cavatelli pasta dressed with this amazing sauce? I love that they showed the sauce simply and elegantly making fish, poultry, as well as pasta a more memorable and special experience. It all worked really well and made for an excellent dining experience. The tomato flavor was rich and crisp. Even better, the sauces have no artificial flavors, no artificial colors, no added sugar and no high-fructose corn syrup. In other words, they are good, hearty made using fresh ingredients. There’s so much homemade, Tuscan flavor, you won’t need to doctor anything up! Just add that goodness right to your chosen protein, pasta, or carb!!! I was so psyched about this, I just had to go for a bike ride in the Tuscan hills.

If you are looking to try Bertolli® Rustic Cut™ Pasta Sauces out, my friends, you are in luck. This month, the Bertolli brand is launching the Bravo Rewards program, rewarding shoppers who buy two or more jars of any Bertolli Pasta Sauce in one trip to the store. Simply purchase the sauce and post a photo of your receipt on bertolli.com/bravo to receive a custom, ceramic spoon rest. It’s easy to get rewarded for trying the new Bertolli Rustic Cut flavors as well as the other Bertolli varieties! How good is that? It’s so good, in fact, that I think it’s time for a giveaway!!!

This month, the Bertolli brand is launching the Bravo Rewards program to reward shoppers for trying the new Bertolli Rustic Cut flavors as well as the other Bertolli varieties! If you buy two or more jars of any Bertolli Pasta Sauce in one trip to the store and post a photo of your receipt on www.bertolli.com/bravo, you can receive a custom, ceramic spoon rest, like the one in the picture above!

I really enjoyed the dinner, but the real star was the pasta sauce. The crisp, bright, fresh flavor of it with all those hearty veggies really made an impression. I’m big into my pasta sauces and Bertolli® Rustic Cut™ Pasta Sauces really rocketed up the charts. It’s a home-run for sure.

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Bertolli® Rustic Cut™ Pasta Sauces.

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Reach for Rustic, Simple, Hearty Goodness was last modified: October 18th, 2017 by Bill Sweeney

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Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle October 18, 2017 - 7:54 PM

That stuff looks so good! I’ll keep an eye out for these the next time I’m at the grocery store. Om nom nom.

Liz Mays October 19, 2017 - 2:33 PM

You were really treated with some awesome Tuscan cooking! I’m liking the sound of that buttery polenta dish!

Joely Smith October 19, 2017 - 3:22 PM

What a gorgeous event! I would have loved to be there! I am so happy you got to enjoy this fine setting with excellent food and drink! We love Bertoli but have not heard of Rustic Cut before now! I am totally buying some!

Jocelyn @ Hip Mama's Place October 20, 2017 - 3:53 AM

What an awesome event to be part of! I’m sure you had an amazing time! I’ve always liked this brand and their range of sauces! I think these new products of theirs are a must try!

Marielle Altenor October 20, 2017 - 4:04 PM

You guys are adorable on that bike lol What a fun event this must have been! I love the brand Bertolli and would have been excited to attend one of their product launch events.


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