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Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Deep Dish Ravioli Pizza and Degustabox

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I wanted to tell you this morning about what came in my Degustabox this month.    Once a month, each month Degustabox will deliver to your home 10 to 15 new, special or innovative food products for you to try in the comfort of your own home via a subscription service.  A monthly subscription costs £9.99 and there is a delivery fee of £3, for a total of £12.99, and what you receive can be tailored to the types of things that you like and would use.

Here is some of what I got in this month's box:  


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I couldn't fit all of it into one photograph . . . 

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Chocolate Chai is the newest addition to the Chai range and it is a unique blend of rich cocoa with warm spices, just add water or steamed milk for best results.   Available from Waitrose.  

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Tea:Latte is a brand new product from Drink Me, an infusion of delicate Earl Grey Tea with afrothy milk for a totally different but delicious hot beverage.  Available in 20g sachets in Waitrose and Sainsburys stores.  

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Tyrrells Proper Popcorn is popped at Tyrrells Court Farm, Herefordshire.  Made from Weaver Gold Corn kernels to give a larger, fluffier pop, Tyrrells popcorn is available in five fantastic seasonings; Sweet and Salty, Salted, Mature Cheddar, Sticky Toffee Pudding and Sour Cream and Jalapeno Chilli.   Available as sharing or multipacks from all major supermarkets plus plenty of independents nationally.  

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Started from a filing cabinet in Waterloo . . .  MOMA! produces a range of breakfast products that include the UK's best selling Bircher Meuseli and their instant porridge.  Made from wholegrain oats, all you need to do is to add hot water, and you will have creamy porridge in minutes.  The cranberry and raisin was especially nice!  

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Shaken Udder Milkshakes contain only the finest natural ingredients.  They are made with real fruit or Belgium chocolate and blended to perfection with lashings of fresh British milk and contain no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives.   Flavours include Chocolush, Vanillalicious, Top Banana and new shakes in cartons, Strawberry, Chocolate and Banana.  

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Mexican Dave's Tortilla Chips On his way home from Sombrero-Wearing Class, Mexican Dave reached into his satchel to grab a handful of delicious tortillas.  What was this?  Nana Pat's cheese had melted in the mid-day sun.  Cheesy Tortillas?  Yes please!  Now available at Nisa, Iceland, Poundstretcher and many other independents nationally.  

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New Italian Creamy Herb and Spanish Paella Flavour Shots from Schwartz contain blends of herbs, spices and seasonings infused in oil to give you amazing tasting meals.  It's so simple, just add the shot to yoru pan, along with your meat and a few store cupboard ingredients, simmer and serve.  

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Organico sources good, clean, fair foods.  Organico pasta comes from the 'La Marche' region's pioneering organic co-operative, founded to protect vanishing jobs in the countryside, promote bio-diversity and sustain rich agricultural soils.  The pasta is slow dried and shaped with bronze plates, 100% La March durum wheat.  Simple products, executed with care.

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Organico Tomato and Basil Pasta Sauce from Tuscany  They follow Slow Food movements motto.  It represents good quality, sustainable clean ingredients and fair treatment of suppliers.  Their tomato sauce comes from another co-operative in Tuscany where the tomatoes are picked and packed within 24 hours to maximise freshness.  August is frenetic!  They could actually track each jar back to a specific field.  I thought this sauce had a lovely fresh flavour.  We really liked it a lot.  And this is the product that I chose to highlight today  in a special recipe.

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With a package of fresh cheese ravioli from the chiller cabinet at the grocery shop and a few fresh ingredients I created a really delicious casserole, which I like to call Deep Dish Ravioli Pizza.

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I simply cooked the ravioli according to the package directions and then layered it in a pie pan in two layers, spreading half of the jar of pasta sauce over the bottom layer and again on the top.

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I combined three cheeses . . . grated mozzarella, grated strong cheddar and freshly grated Parmesan . . . and I sprinkled them over the top of the final layer of sauce . . .

On top of the cheese I sprinkled on some of our favourite pizza toppings . . .  chopped peppers, onions, black and green olives and crumbled crispy bacon.  You could use whatever toppings you wanted to.

I baked it for about 20 minutes, until the cheese was nicely melted and the whole thing was bubbling away.  It was delicious, and in no small part due to the deliciousness of this fabulous Organico Tomato and Basil Sauce.   Absolutely scrummy!

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*Deep Dish Ravioli Pizza*
Serves 4

This is a simple and different way to create something which is not only quick and easy but quite delicious, using store cupboard ingredients!  It's ravioli and yet it's pizza!

1 pound of fresh ravioli from the chiller section 
(I used tomato and mozzarella, but you can use whatever
type is your favourite type)
340g jar of marinara type pasta sauce (about 1 1/2 cups)
111g of mozzarella cheese grated (about 1 cup)
60g of grated cheddar cheese, strong(about 1/2 cup)
45g of finely grated Parmesan Cheese (about 1/4 cup)
Pizza toppings as desired (think chopped red onions, chopped black and/or green olives, 
chopped peppers, chopped bacon/pepperoni, etc.)  

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Preheat the oven to 200*C/400*F/ gas mark 6.   Butter a 9 inch pie dish.   Set aside.

Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to the boil and then cook the ravioli according to the package directions.  Drain well when cooked.  Layer half of the ravioli into the baking dish.   Top with half of the tomato sauce, covering it completely.   Layer on the remaining ravioli.   Scatter the cheeses on top beginning with the Parmesan and ending with the cheddar.  Scatter your desired pizza toppings over top and then bang the dish into the preheated oven and bake until the mixture is bubbling at the edges and the cheese has all melted.   Cut into wedges to serve.  I would serve a hearty vegetable type of salad with this if serving as part of a main meal.      

This pasta sauce had a lovely flavour and I will be on the look out to buy some more, perhaps to just have plain and tossed with some freshly cooked pasta, which is my favourite way to eat a nicely flavoured pasta sauce such as this.

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Many thanks to Degustabox for sending me this box. It was truly lovely, with lots to enjoy!

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7 comments:

  1. That looks delicious!

    Lorraine

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  2. what atreat to have that come every month, I love surprises, did Todd like this delicous looking dish, I would love it!

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  3. Thank you Lorraine! It was!

    Laurie, Todd doesn't like pizza either, so with this one I was bashing him double. He never said anything and ate it, so I guess he didn't actually hate it either! A pasta lover has to do what a pasta lover has to do!

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  4. That looks like fun. And yummy! xo Jenny

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  5. Thanks Jenny! Quite, quite delicious!

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  6. What a treasure trove of goodies. And it makes such a difference when one uses quality ingredients - the taste is always so much better.

    That's a really clever idea to combine the ravioli and pizza toppings. You really are very creative. I'll be bookmarking this to try soon - it sounds so tasty and simple to prepare.

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  7. I am a lucky girl Marie. This casserole is very tasty, and so quick and easy too!

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