*This tortellini pasta recipe was sponsored by Bertolli, but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.
I close my eyes and very much can see my dad. This was over 30 years ago. But we are sitting at our kitchen table back in my childhood home. Dad stuffing artichokes for our Sunday family pasta dinner in this memory. I also smell the pasta sauce wafting in our home as it cooked all day, too.
See I am primarily from Italian heritage. So Sundays were always all day affairs for family dinners. These dinner centered traditionally around pasta. My dad’s speciality, as aforementioned above, was stuffing the artichokes. My mom also made her own homemade pasta sauce 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”. This literally means good appetite or to enjoy your meal.
So, these Sunday family pasta meals are still treasured by me. And also 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. I eyed a new pasta sauce by Bertolli. The memories flowed in one instant—Bertolli Premium Sauces Asiago Cheese with Artichokes.
The pasta sauce is from Bertolli’s premium sauce lines. Plus it has all my favorite ingredients. This includes Alpine-aged Asiago cheese imported from the hilltops of Veneto, Italy. And it is also paired with tender artichokes to create a delectable savory flavor.
I just knew from the description that I had to buy it. I also had to make with one of my own favorite pasta dishes. This just happens to be tortellini pasta. So with my own family I am celebrating. And also making some more new memories. Because pasta sauce, cheese and artichokes—it’s a no brainer for me!
Still, I am a busy on the go mom. See my time is limited 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 own mom did. But I can use Bertolli premium sauces, as well as 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 was nothing short of memory making thanks to Bertolli.
See I was able to create #MyTuscanTable Moment tortellini pasta 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!