Saturday, 19 September 2009

Mushroom Tortelloni with Pepperoni

Towards my final year of university, when I had a bit more cash to spare, I discovered that fresh pasta was extremely convenient, being much quicker to work. Filled pasta made things much faster as well, since I don't have to mess around trying to put together a pasta sauce. All I do instead is drizzle olive oil, some herbs, maybe chilli flakes, and if I'm feeling a little generous, two teaspoons of pesto.
Sainsbury's has a very good range of filled pasta under their Italian branding, with a variety of fillings so that you won't ever get bored of it. From time to time, they would go on offer, at 2 for £2.60, but if you are impatient, there's always the Basics tortelloni to fall back on. These come in two uninspiring varieties, pork, and mushroom. The latter was bought for this post, since I wasn't keen on going through what may potentially taste like greasy meatballs wrapped in dough, or wantons suffering from an identity crisis. The mushroom tortelloni actually was quite passable, the flavour of mushroom very strong, perhaps slightly overpowering.

Oddly enough, I remember Sainsbury's offering filled pasta which was non-Basics, but not under the Italian branding. These were available before the Basics tortelloni were introduced, so one must have replaced another.

Preparation is straightforward. Boil the pasta quickly, according to the instructions given. Meanwhile microwave the pepperoni to render as much fat as you can away. Combine in a bowl, add olive oil, Basics herb and pepper. Serve.

I must apologise for the lack of any real cooking in recent posts. This is largely due to difficulties with time, ideas, and other extenuating circumstances. Rest assured however that I do have a couple of ideas in the pipeline.

DescriptionPrice per UnitNo. of servingsTrade-up PremiumTrade-up Benefits
Tortelloni£1.59500g+£0.41 (£1.50 for 300g)Better quality pasta, more variety. Recommended.

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