I was contacted shortly before we left for Italy By Valente Pasta to test a variety of their very popular pastas. The day after the pasta selection arrived, I set out to test two of their pasta types. I chose the spinach pasta and the lemon pepper to try and paired two different sauces, one for each pasta type. I have always been fond of spinach pasta with a very simple, fresh tasting pasta sauce, so that was my first choice. I always had some nduja sausage left in my refrigerator that I wanted to use up before we left for Italy, so I paired that with the lemon pepper pasta. (See Photos Below)
I cooked each pasta the recommended cooking time in a large pot of lightly salted pasta, drained the pasta, and then mixed it with the sauce. The pasta itself remained perfectly “al dente” with just the perfect amount of bite with every spoonful. The fresh tomato sauce paired perfectly with the spinach pasta, although the nduja sauce was probably too heavy for the more delicate lemon pepper variety. I was pleasantly surprised with how the pasta cooked up and tasted, and would certainly recommend it to any pasta lover. I particularly liked the length of each pasta strand as it was just the right length to twirl on your fork. If you have any trouble trying to pair any Valente pasta variety with the perfect sauce, there is a recipe on the back of each package to help you out.
About Valente Pasta:
Pasta Valente was founded over 30 years ago by Fran Valente. She made pasta for family and friends, and then she took her pasta to the Charlottesville Farmer’s Market. It grew in popularity, and today our pasta can be found in grocery stores and specialty stores across the country. The pasta is rolled, cut, air dried and hand-packed. Valenta Pasta has an egg-free, soy-free, peanut and tree nut- free, dairy-free facility. They use locally grown wheat and Non-GMO ingredients, and all of the pastas cook in 3-5 minutes in boiling water.
Valente pasta has kindly offered six of their most popular varieties for me to use as a contest giveaway for one lucky winner. All you have to do is place a comment below along with your email expressing why you would like to win this prize.
This contest is now over! The winner is Laurier Tremblay of California.
Valente Spinach Pasta
Lemon Pepper Pasta