Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Rigatoni with Vodka Sauce + Giveaway. (CLOSED)

Get excited, its my first giveaway!

Great things are happening, great things! I am so excited to share with you my first product review on a great product I have had the opportunity to try out in a few different ways. Last week I arrived home to a huge box on my doorstep with a variety of fun food items. Mooney Farms sent me some Bella Sun Luci sun dried tomato items to try cooking with. I was sent the sun dried tomatoes Greek oregano and zesty peppers julienne cut, which are perfect for salads. I was also sent the sun dried tomatoes in virgin olive oil, both that were used in dinner last night. Last week, I had used the bruschetta on pork and I have yet to try the tomato sauce with pine nuts. If it tastes anything like the others I'm sure it will be delicious! I really love the versatility of their products, great on pastas, in salads, and topped on meats. I'm sure you will be seeing lots of future recipes with these ingredients tucked in.  This company started out as a family owned farming operation selling to farmers markets (my favorite fact). There website is great for recipes and healthy tips about sun dried tomatoes, who knew? This rigatoni with vodka sauce was a recipe I found on the Mooney Farms website. I have never actually made vodka sauce before so, I was surprised to find out I was cooking with real vodka. I don't drink vodka, for a variety of reasons, but I think I have finally found a good use for it :)

Mooney Farms, Bella Sun Luci has generously agreed to give away the same package they sent me to one of my readers! Who doesn't love free stuff? See below for details!

Rigatoni with Vodka Sauce

What you need:
- 1/2 to 2/3 cup Bella Sun Luci Sun Dried Tomatoes Julienne cut or halves in oil, oil drained and set aside,   sun dried tomatoes pureed and set aside separately
- 4 lg garlic cloves, roughly chopped
- 1/2 tsp whole dry oregano
- 8 oz good quality vodka
- 28 oz crushed tomatoes or tomato sauce
- salt and pepper to taste
- Parmesan and fresh basil leaves 
- 1 lb spicy Italian sausage, cooked

Over a medium flame in a large sauce pan, heat 1 tbsp of the sun dried tomato oil and saute the garlic, stirring often until light golden. Add the oregano, stir 15 seconds, turn to low and slowly add the vodka and reduce until 1 1/2-2 oz liquid remains. Add the crushed tomatoes, sun dried tomato puree, and sausage. Heat until simmering, turn to low and simmer 10 more minutes stirring often, season with salt and pepper and serve hot over just cooked, well drained rigatoni. Garnish with Parmesan and basil. 

*** I added the Italian sausage to the original recipe***

I made this chickpea and tomato salad and added the sun dried tomatoes in Italian herbs. Damian said this was his favorite salad, score!

Remember my ribbon salad post? The pork loin was topped with the Sun dried tomato Bruschetta. The bruschetta paired really well with the meat.

One lucky Not Your Average Foodie reader will win the same package that I received pictured above! Don't know what to do with it all? I'll be glad to come over and cook with you :)

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Disclaimer: Everything shared in this post is strictly my opinion. I was not compensated for anything said.