See I am primarily from Italian heritage and Sundays were always all day affair for family dinners centering traditionally around pasta. My dad’s speciality, as aforementioned above, was stuffing the artichokes, while my mom would make her very own homemade pasta sauce for hours for the Italian pasta of choice to be served that evening.
Once dinner was served, there was always grated cheese on the table to sprinkle over our pasta.
Not going to lie on more than one occasion my dad joked with me, “Would you like some pasta with your cheese?”
See I loved grated Italian cheese. So the more the merrier, even if it did drown my pasta!
And the only thing I loved more than the grated cheese were my dad artichokes.
Plus, right before we would take that first bite, my dad would always say, “Buono Appetito”, which literally means good appetite or to enjoy your meal.
So, these Sunday family pasta meals are still treasured by me and not long forgotten by any means.
Pasta, grated cheese, and artichokes and Italian greetings are what memories are made of for me.
Recently, I was shopping in Target and I happen to eye a new pasta sauce by Bertolli, which had the memories flowing in one instant—Bertolli Premium Sauces Asiago Cheese with Artichokes.
The pasta sauce is from Bertolli’s premium sauce lines having all my favorite ingredients, which includes Alpine-aged Asiago cheese imported from the hilltops of Veneto, Italy and is paired with tender artichokes to create a delectable savory flavor.
I just knew from the description alone that I had to buy it and try to make it with one of my own favorite pasta dishes, which just so happens to be tortellini for my own family to celebrate and even make some more new memories, because pasta sauce, cheese and artichokes—it was a no brainer for me!
Still, I am a busy on the go mom, who’s time is limited here with juggling work, a family and more. This is why I am so glad I don’t have to make my own sauce as my mom did back when I was a kid, but can use Bertolli premium sauces and store bought pasta to make a quick, yet delicious meal for my family for a scrumptious dinnertime feast.
Coincidentally, Bertolli is celebrating as it’s been more than 150 years since Francesco Bertolli began selling his olive oil in the small town of Lucca, Italy. From their beginnings in olive oil, Bertolli today has grown to also include a broad range of Italian-inspired pasta sauce and skillet meals, too. So today, more than 150 years since Francesco Bertolli began selling his famous olive oil, Bertolli still remains at the heart of the Italian-inspired cuisine enjoyed at home by millions of families around the world, including my own.
During this celebration, Bertolli will make a $1 donation to help end childhood hunger in America through a partnership with No Kid Hungry for each photo shared via social media, such as Facebook or Tumblr using #MyTuscanTable throughout October. With each dollar, No Kid Hungry will provide 10 healthy meals to kids in need, up to a half a million meals. No Kid Hungry is ending childhood hunger in America by ensuring kids have the healthy food they need, every day. The Bertolli brand is proud to lend its passion for uniting people over food to help connect kids struggling with hunger to the nutritious meals they need to grow and thrive.”
By the way, what came about for my family for dinnertime was nothing short of memory making thanks to Bertolli, I was able to create #MyTuscanTable Moment Recipe: Easy Four Cheese Tortellini Paired with Bertolli Premium Sauces Asiago Cheese with Artichokes.
So please join us in celebrating 150 years of delicious food, friends and family. Felice Anniversario and Buono Appetito!
- 1. Bertolli Asiago Cheese and Artichokes Pasta Sauce
- 2. 17.6 Oz-Three Cheese Tortellini Package
- Boil large pot of water.
- Once water comes to rolling boil, add tortellini.
- Cook Tortellini for about 15 minutes or until al dente.
- In a small pot, on low heat setting, heat half jar of Bertolli Asiago Cheese and Artichoke pasta sauce with about 5 minutes remaining on boiling pasta.
- Once pasta is cooked, drain and shock with ice cold water. Then drain pasta again.
- Mix pasta sauce and tortellini together.
- Serve with parmigiano cheese sprinkled on top.