Ilvento’s Proprio Italiano Sauces Review & Gift Basket Giveaway

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Made locally in Southern California, Ilvento’s Sauces use all natural ingredients and no preservatives. It all started in 1933 at the repeal of prohibition when Joe Ilvento, an immigrant from Grassano, Italy, opened Ilvento’s Restaurant in Jersey City.  Joe’s son, Pete became well known for his wonderful tomato sauces.  Now, Pete’s son and granddaughters, Joe and Juliana, Christina and Luisa (the fourth generation of this family that makes these sauces in America) continue the Ilvento’s tradition by doing a small batch production of these classic southern Italian style sauces. Their sauce is hand made, slow cooked, hand bottled and hand labeled, assuring the highest standards. 80 years of Sunday dinners later, these recipes are still "Proprio Italiano" ("Truly Italian") and they hope you enjoy some with fresh pasta, on homemade pizza, or with just about anything! 
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These sauces are incredible and you can break out of the mold when thinking of sauce because these sauces can be used for so much more than just spaghetti. 

When you purchase these sauces they come with a variety of delicious recipes that you can try. They are written on recipe cards making it super simple to keep your favorites in a recipe box of book.

You can also find an entire section of recipes on their website > http://www.ilventos.com/#Recipes

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The Mushroom Boscaiolo is named for the woodsmen of the Chianti region of Italy. It is their second spiciest offering but is balanced to please all palates. Especially popular with vegan friends, this sauce features sliced whole mushrooms (not stems and pieces like other brands) and will make a filling yet healthy addition to any dish!
Sugo Marinara is their original flavor and is a mild and sweet sauce with a wonderful balance of garlic and basil. Lot's of their customers have told them that this is the ONLY way they can get their kids to eat vegetables! 

I can't wait until my veggie garden starts producing so that I can cover my vegetables in this Sugo Marinara. Yummmy!!!

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The Arrabbiata is their spiciest offering- with a bold mix of garden vegetables, dried aromatic herbs, and a healthy dose of spice, this sauce is a great compliment to seafood, sausages, or pasta. 

This is my mans favorite of the four because he loves spicy. It is amazing when cooked with rice and served with seafood or sausage.

Pete's original spice mix is at it's best in this Dal Pietro, which means in Italian, "According to Pete"! This savory and rich sauce showcases the historic cultural diversity of southern Italy with a unique and wonderful blend of spices. Use this sauce on lamb, gnocchi, and lasagna and other rich dishes for your next dinner party or family gathering.
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Ilvento's Proprio Italiano sent me all four of their amazing sauces to try along with recipe card and a beautiful gift basket. That included 2 jars of sauce, a box of pasta, a bottle of oil, recipes, oven mitt, a really cute kitchen towel and a colander.  I had a plastic colander before I received this on and I love, love this white metal one.
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Ilvento's Proprio Italiano is an extremelly environmentally friendly company and tries to make their gifts as close to zero waste as possible by using useful items like towels and colanders as packaging and padding- all of their jars are mason-style and can be re-used with a new mason jar lid that you can buy from knorr or any other brand using the standard thread in a 16oz size. 
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You can buy the basket that I received and other gift baskets through their website. It will direct you to amazon. These make excellent gifts for foodies, dads, grads and moms. Also I think it makes a perfect house warming gift.

You can use this link to get to amazon and for 15% off use this code at checkout: 2016CALM
http://tinyurl.com/zddp8lr

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We used the pasta that was in our gift basket and a recipe that was included to make a delicious pasta dinner. We put a tiny spin of it but we made the SIMPLE MEAT SAUCE

2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
1 Lb of Italian Sausage (we also added kielbasa)
16oz Jar of Ilvento's Proprio Italiano Suga Marinara
1 Lb pasta
Grated Parmesan Cheese

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Cook pasta in salted, boiling water with 1 Tablespoon of Olive Oil. While pasta cooks heat 1 tablespoon oil in large frying pan on high heat. The recipe says you can remove sausage from casings and add to the pan. We choose to leave the sausage in the casings and cook in links as well as add kielbasa slices. Reduce heat to medium and cook sausage until lightly browned stirring frequently. Add Sugo Marinara and stir. Drain pasta before completely cooked and add the pasta to the meat sauce to finish cooking. Add water if needed and continue to cook until pasta is desired doneness. Add parmesan cheese. We also added oregano and spinach to top ours off.

The final result was delicious and feed us for a few days. Even the picky kiddo liked it.

You can purchase the sauces on amazon as well or you can buy them on GrubMart.com  https://www.grubmarket.com/welcome  and save 20% using code: Grub20  at checkout

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