800g Pasta Vera Spinach & Ricotta Ravioloni
2 tbsp olive oil
1 fresh red chilli, finely chopped
2 cloves of garlic, crushed
1 red onion, finely chopped
2 tins chopped tomatoes
2 tbsp tomato paste
1 tsp dried oregano
Salt and pepper
100g Pasta Vera Basil Pesto, to serve
Parmesan shavings, to serve
Heat olive oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Add in the chilli, garlic and red onion and cook for around three minutes until softened. Add the tinned tomatoes, tomato paste and oregano, cooking at a low simmer for around 20 minutes, until the sauce has thickened.
Meanwhile, bring a pot of salted water to the boil. Reduce it to a simmer and add in the ravioloni. Cook for 4-5 minutes until al dente (still with a bit of bite). Drain the ravioloni, reserving a ¼ cup of cooking water.
Once the sauce has thickened, gently mix in the ravioloni. If needed, add in a splash of the reserved cooking water to loosen. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Serve by drizzling over basil pesto and shavings of parmesan.
Arrabbiata Sauce would also taste great with any of Pasta Vera’s other filled pastas, or for a delicious meat option try it with meatballs.
Using the freshest, locally sourced ingredients, the exceptional range of products at locally owned family business Pasta Vera are created with love.
Pasta Vera is the preferred gourmet pasta supplier to restaurants and hotels around New Zealand and works with chefs to create their own specialised pasta. Based in Wigram, Pasta Vera’s new custom-built factory is attached to the factory shop and the team regularly offer special deals, which are featured on the Facebook page, along with competitions and recipe ideas.
From gnocchi, fresh ribbon cut pasta and Manuka-smoked salmon tortellini, to roasted beetroot, pinenut and feta ravioloni, pesto and tasty readymade meals – the chicken tortellini with Pasta Vera carbonara sauce is an easy meal idea and a favourite for all ages. Another top seller is the handmade lasagne, available in a variety of scrumptious flavours.
Choose from the home-style baked beef, roasted vegetable, smoked chicken, or the pumpkin, spinach and feta – including gluten-free and vegan options. With the winter school holidays coming up, owners Phil and Linda say the 3kg lasagne tray provides a delicious and convenient meal for large groups of people – ideal for weekends away or those unexpected holiday guests. “We always have a selection of the frozen trays and fresh beef lasagnes in the factory shop, which are also available as a six-pack.”
The factory shop on 1/2 Musgrove Close is open on weekdays from 8:30am till 5pm and Saturdays 10am till 2pm. Visit www.pasta.co.nz for more information.
With the arrival of guests – expected and unexpected – at Christmas, and kids home from uni or overseas who always seem to be on the prowl for food, suddenly there’s no time for relaxation, because you’re too busy fretting about what to conjure up for the next meal.
Pasta Vera at Unit 1, 2 Musgrove Place removes all that anxiety. Pop into the factory shop to stock up your fridge and freezer with fresh pasta, homestyle lasagne, and mouth-watering calzone and gnocchi. For barbecues their selection of pesto, sauces and hummus are delicious accompaniments.
So now you’ve got the long-term sorted, what are you going to do about the scary immediate and the fact your unpredictable teenagers have invited all their friends over for tea tonight? Not a problem, grab a tray of Baked Lasagne, a tray of Macaroni Cheese, and just to be on the safe side, add in some Spinach and Ricotta Cannelloni (available in 10 x 140g servings) and those kids are fed. And because you’ll only have enough energy left to open a bottle of wine, the re-heat and serve Chili Con Carne has your name on it.
For those with special dietary requirements there is a delectable range of gluten free lasagne and gnocchi; and for vegetarians, the vegan lasagne is scrumptious. With ample parking outside the factory shop, the holiday season is starting to look pretty good!
Visit www.pasta.co.nz, follow Pasta Vera on Facebook or www.pasta.co.nz for updates and shop specials.
Italian film director Federico Fellini once said, “Life is a combination of magic and pasta”. It’s an observation that gourmet pasta wholesale and retail business Pasta Vera would heartily agree with; after all, this company has been a top pasta producer for the past 17 years.
“Our pasta is fresh and Canterbury made, and we are the preferred supplier to restaurants and hotels around New Zealand,” says owner operator Phil Bennett, who works with leading chefs around the country to create specialised pasta for their restaurants.
Attached to Pasta Vera’s new custom-built factory is the factory shop. “People from all over Canterbury come here, including busy mums, sports people, singles, retired couples wanting tasty meals in the freezer, fund-raising organisers looking for a healthy fundraising opportunity… and of course, our passionate pasta people!”
Most popular is the baked lasagne range, available as a single serve meal, or as a 3kg catering tray. Other products include delicious pestos, fresh egg pasta and gourmet ravioli filled with traditional spinach and fresh ricotta, to more exotic fillings such as pear and gorgonzola, prawn and crab, or leek and walnut. A recent addition is the new vegan lasagne and vegan/nut-free basil pesto.
Located on the corner of Wigram Road and Musgrove Close with easy off-street parking, why not magic up your life with a tasty bit of Italian? Keep up with weekly factory shop specials and recipe ideas on their Facebook page.