Thursday, March 29, 2018

Updated Pasta Combination Chart


The above image is our latest version of our handy
Pasta Combo Chart!

We hope you find this chart useful for inspiration on how to pair our pastas with great ingredients for a wonderful meal. At shows we do many of you ask for our recommendation on which of our blended olive oils go best with which pasta. Per your suggestion, we have also added ideas on other items you may want to toss in to enhance your pasta experience.

'GF?' indicates which of our flavored pasta is also available in Gluten-Free!

The chart is a simple JPG image, in other words, much like an image from a digital camera or phone. To copy it to your PC, simply right click with your mouse on the image. Select 'Save Image As...' and place into into the folder of your choice on your computer. You can then print a copy if desired.

If you prefer, write to us at customerservice@nansgourmetfoods.com and we can send you a PDF version.

We know there are more and better pairing ideas - we would love to hear yours as well – let us know your favorite combinations!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Spring Pea Dip with Mint & Lemongrass Balsamic


Here is a simple spring dip that could be classified as a pesto - pea shoots for the basil, and almonds for the pine nuts! It is gorgeous in appearance and bright in its slightly sweet fresh flavors. In addition to being a wonderful dip for veggies, it can be used as a salad dressing, on crostini, or on one of our flavored pasta! We’ll work on that last one and report back, but we are thinking our Garlic Chive Pappardelle!

Two notes - first, for an unusual treat, especially for the kids, try with cut strawberries. Second, the ‘purple/yellow’ colored vegetables pictured are dragon carrots. They don’t taste much different than standard carrots - perhaps a bit sweeter and spicier - but they make for great conversation with party guests! 

ingredients
  • 1/3 cup unsalted almonds, whole
  • 10 to 15 mint leaves, depending on size
  • 1 handful (3 to 4 ounces) of pea shoots
  • 1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon Pastamore Lemongrass White Balsamic Vinegar
  • pinch of salt and pepper to taste
  • variety of cut vegetables
directions

Add almonds and mint leaves to food processor and pulse until finely chopped. Add pea shoots to the processor and puree. Add pea puree to a medium bowl, and fold in yogurt, lemongrass balsamic, salt & pepper. Taste and adjust seasoning.

Serve with assorted cut vegetables - we like carrot & celery sticks, radishes and cucumbers. Makes about 1 cup. 


Friday, March 31, 2017

Garlic Meyer Lemon Oven Roasted Potatoes


If you know us, you know we preach simplicity in cooking. We believe in minimal ingredients but of the highest quality. Can it get much simpler, or yummy, than oven roasting some red potatoes with garlic, and then adding a drizzle of our Meyer Lemon Olive Oil with some fresh herbs? For casual or elegant dining, this recipe is a hit, folks.

The herbs you use is your choice.  We recommend two methodologies; first, use up what you already have in the fridge, or second, use your herb selection to tie into what you are making as a main course.  For example, if you are making grilled lamb with rosemary, make sure to use a small amount of rosemary in the potatoes too.

ingredients

  • 3 pounds small red or white potatoes
  • 1/4 cup good olive oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic (6 cloves)
  • 1/3 cup Pastamore California Meyer Lemon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 4 tablespoons minced fresh herbs (your choice, mix & match parsley, basil, oregano, thyme, rosemary, etc.)
directions

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Cut the potatoes in half or quarters and place in a bowl with the olive oil, salt, pepper, and garlic; toss until the potatoes are well coated. Transfer the potatoes to a sheet pan and spread out into 1 layer. Roast in the oven for 45 minutes to 1 hour or until browned and crisp. Flip twice with a spatula during cooking in order to ensure even browning.

While potatoes are roasting combine chopped herbs with the Meyer Lemon Olive Oil and allow to sit. This will meld the flavors.

Remove the potatoes from the oven, and allow to cool for 10 minutes. Place in serving bowl, and drizzle herbed lemon olive oil over the top. Serve immediately.

Serves 8.


Monday, February 6, 2017

Balsamic Shrimp Cocktail



We love traditional cocktail sauce with horseradish as much as anyone, but we are here to tell you there is another way to dip shrimp that will surprise you! Consider instead a deep rich complex sauce with a sweet/hot component quite different from spicy horseradish. You may not go back!

One bit of advice - you can whip this up in no time and serve right away, the sauce is quite simple. However, like with any sauce, you are better off letting it sit for a few hours in the fridge before serving - the flavors will combine better and 'meld'.

ingredients

Mix the first three ingredients in a small bowl, allow to chill for a couple of hours in the fridge (flavors will meld). Carefully spoon a small amount into the bottom of two martini glasses - you will end up with extra cocktail sauce. Arrange 6 shrimp evenly around each glass. Garnish with parsley, if desired.

Serves 2 as an appetizer.

Lemongrass Spritzer


If you have spent much time on our recipe blog, you will note that we like to promote balsamic vinegar as components of cocktails. They add complexity, richness, and vinegar (like the now popular 'shrubs') add acidity, or brightness to a drink. This simple cocktail is a little sour, a little sweet, complex but refreshing, and can be wonderful at a holiday party or on a hot summer day.
 

We are not being trivial, below, where we recommend this as a wonderful non-alcoholic adult beverage. It is more sophisticated than you might expect.

ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 mint sprigs
  • 2 tablespoons Pastamore Lemongrass White Balsamic Vinegar
  • dry sparkling wine, such as a Brut (or club soda for a non-alcoholic version)
  • lemon slice as garnish
Muddle the lemon juice, mint and Lemongrass Balsamic in a small bowl. Strain and divide the mixture into two large wine glasses. We suggest four or five ounces of the sparkling wine, but do as you see fit. Garnish with the lemon slice.

Serves 2