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15 Minute Meal Idea: Taste of Italy Pasta

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What do you think of when I say “Italy”? I imagine magnificent artwork, romantic gondola rides down picturesque waterways, pastoral romps and mouthwatering menus. Can’t you almost feel yourself basking in the Tuscan sun while you listen to the seduction of the melodic Italian language? Ahh…Mamma mia! The only thing I can help you with is a taste of Italy—in under 15 minutes—but a girl can dream!

15 Minute Meal Idea: Taste of Italy Pasta Recipe

I was moving down the aisles of Kroger. No matter I was pushing a cart instead of reclining in a gondola and listening to canned music instead of violins. I was a hungry woman on a mission. I wanted a taste of Tuscany (why yes…I have been on a movie binge recently). Kroger offers The Taste of Italy. I found it in the authentic taste of the new tomato basil sauce from Bertolli®. Their vine-ripened tomatoes combined with summer-leaf basil and their own olive oil infuses dinner with culinary satisfaction—even when you’re miles from the Italian country side. Maybe the best part: you can have all of this in mere minutes. There’s no need to boil and peel tomatoes and carefully watch a pot while you endlessly stir. The nice people from Bertolli have done all of that for you. Talk about instant gratification!

Bertolli Tomato and Basil

Mini Peppers

Roasted Mini Peppers

Parmesan for Pasta Recipe

Pasta Recipe

Bertolli Pasta Sauce

Enough enticement. Let’s get to the details. Add a salad and Italian bread if you’re so inclined and maybe even gelato for dessert.


  • Boil one half of a box of pasta (I used bucatini) in chicken broth instead of water.
  • Add 1 clove of garlic.
  • Cook for the length of time according to package instructions.
  • While pasta is cooking, cut, clean and quarter mini bell peppers; I used two per person.
  • Roast peppers at 350 degrees. Unless you prefer blackened peppers (some do), just roast for about 5 minutes. Note: you can spray your peppers with olive oil and peel the skins if you prefer. I don’t.
  • Drain pasta and add the Bertolli Tomato and Basil Sauce, approximately one half of the jar.
  • Stir. The hot pasta sufficiently warms the sauce…unless it’s the second half of the jar that’s been in the fridge!
  • Chop the roasted peppers and stir them into the pasta.
  • Top with fresh, grated Parmesan Reggiano cheese.
  • This serves two.

30 Minute Dinner

An empty wine jug with a dripping candle also seems like a wonderful centerpiece for the table…but it makes a mess on the tablecloth. They never show that in the movies.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Bertolli®. The opinions and text are all mine.

Stephanie Keeping

Stephanie is in love with a boy named Sam. He has taught her that it's okay to jump first and look later, to wear a dirty shirt to the park and to decide that today is a good day to take a nap in your rubber boots. She hangs out here blogging at Spaceships and Laser Beams and at our printable party shop on Etsy.