I think it's safe to say that it's no secret that we Americans LOVE our pasta. Pasta has been a household staple for Angeline and I, as it was in my own childhood home.
It's delicious, it's filling, and there are so many varieties that you literally never run out of ways to prepare it for your family!
Ever since I began traveling so often for work, we've eaten much more pasta than we used to, and you may not expect it, but there are some pretty fantastic frozen meal options in the stores that make it EVEN EASIER to serve up a delicious pasta dinner at home!
Bertolli’s authentic frozen meals make it easy to mangia like an Italian at home with their wide array of frozen meals - and they're always introducing new varieties too!
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We've been big fans of Bertolli for years, and I am always excited to see new flavors pop up in the freezer aisle in my local grocery store. Hello, Chicken Marsala and Roasted Redskin Potatoes! Double YUM for their Chicken Florentine & Farfalle - it's one of my all-time favorites!
How Bertolli Came to Be
Francesco Bertolli opened a small business selling regional foods such as olive oil, wine, cheese and olives in 1865, and his business grew to include a wide range of restaurant-quality pasta sauces, spreads, pasta and frozen meals.
Francesco Bertolli’s philosophy, “there is nothing more beautiful than sharing great food, conversation and laughter,” continues to inspire the people behind the Bertolli brand today, which is why we keep seeing new products pop up - they're always trying to bring that Mangia experience to those of us who don't have the good fortune to live in Italy....
Bertolli frozen meals are created from authentic recipes and ingredients, much as they would be if they were made in an Italian kitchen.
Did you know that Bertolli’s authenticity expert is classically trained in Italian cooking?! It's no wonder Bertolli meals are so delicious!
Fun Facts About Bertolli Meals
- To create a new recipe, Bertolli chefs first select a scratch-made Italian mother sauce such as marinara, alfredo or creamy tomato to be the foundation of the dish and then add real ingredients like 100% all natural chicken, Italian cheeses, garlic and herbs to bring out complex and authentic layers of flavor of each frozen meal.
- Bertolli uses carefully selected tomatoes from California to create aromatic, complex sauces.
- Bertolli pasta is made from 100% of the highest quality wheat pasta flour. Bertolli chefs developed the ideal pasta cooking time, so every bite has an authentic, al dente texture.
- The Pecorino Romano and Paremesan cheeses in Bertolli meals are skillfully selected and imported from Italy.
Bertolli recently conducted a survey comparing the pasta eating habits of Americans and Italians. While it may seem like American eat a TON of pasta, only about 2% of Americans eat pasta on a daily basis, and 25% percent of Italians do! So, this year, Bertolli is encouraging people to live Mangia and eat like Italians do.
Why is this so, Americans? Pasta is so delicious! Angeline and I made a quick and easy - and delicious - lunch yesterday with the Bertolli Chicken Florentine & Farfalle, and it was the perfect meal for our busy day!
From that survey, Bertolli found that Italians say lunch is their largest meal of the day, while Americans cite dinner as the largest. I find this true in my own life, as many of my friends. The survey also found that Italians are three times more likely to have wine with their meals and more than two times more likely to set the table than Americans.
Do you know what that means? We need to drink more wine with dinner, folks.
We should also make a more concentrated effort to sit down at the dinner table with our families while we enjoy meals together.
These results are from an online survey conducted by YouGov on behalf of Bertolli of over 2,000 nationally representative individuals in the United States and Italy. The U.S. survey with 1,074 completes was conducted between July 28-29, 2016. The Italy survey of 1,013 individuals was conducted from July 29 – August 4, 2016. The margin of error in each country is +/-3.1%