August 12, 2014

Simple Beef Penne Pasta Recipe with Clara Ole Creamy Sauce

We were faced with a kitchen emergency last week. Kitchen emergency means mom doesn't have time to visit the market and plan for a meal, so the best way to resolve this issue is by coming up with a good dish from whatever is available in the fridge. Thankfully, we also got a package from Clara Ole with the new cream-based sauces. We got..

Ground beef
Canned mushroom stems
Garlic (minced)
Onions (chopped)
Salt & Pepper
Clara Ole Creamy Tomato Pasta Sauce
Tomato catchup
Penne Pasta
Parmessan Cheese

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1. Saute' ground beef with garlic and onions. We love using beef over pork because it is tastier especially for pasta :) 
2. Add salt and pepper.
3. Let the beef cook and its oil to simmer over the meat. 

This sight is pure bliss! Haha

4. Add mushroom stems. We do not add the syrup in it because it might make the dish taste more like a mushroom sauce.

5. Finally, add Clara Ole Creamy Tomato Pasta Sauce. You can add tomato catchup and 1 cup water as needed.

7. Add a dash of Oregano and Basil to make this simple recipe more aromatic. Let it simmer and it is ready to serve!

Preparation Time: 30 minutes (boil and cook penne pasta same time as you are cooking the sauce)
Pawis Factor: 3 out of 5 (pawis factor, inspired by my former Big Boss' MRose blog :))
Total Damage: NA (everything is from the kitchen)
Estimate Budget: Php 200

This is the first time we used the Clara Ole Cream-based sauce. Clara Ole is known for its pasta sauces, tomato sauce, marinades, syrups, jams and dips. The new cream-based sauces are just luscious and creamy. I noticed that the Clara Ole Creamy Tomato Pasta Sauce is creamier, although not as bloody red as your normal tomato sauce. Surprisingly, it gives a flavorful sauce, that is not too sweet. 

I read somewhere that Clara Ole Creamy Tomato Sauce can also be used for making gravy, dips for fries and chips, or even sauce for meatloaf or base for tomato soup. Will try to be more experimental next time.

Other Clara Ole Cream Based Sauces include:

The Carbonara Pasta Sauce which can be used as dip for nachos, fries, chips or topping for sausages, burger, and dressing for salads and veggies. It is described as immaculately creamy, and perfectly salty with a perfect blend of smoked bacon and cheesy aroma and taste.

I am excited to use the Clara Ole Bechamel Sauce known as the most versatile sauce made of butter, cream and cheese! I remember having a hard time perfecting my Bechamel Sauce for my lasagna, so it is nice to have this variant available in the market. Maybe I will experiment with beef cordon blue next time :)

Thank you Clara Ole for sending these and introducing me to this creamy-based sauces. Looks like it is going to be part of the monthly grocery trip. It is good to have these sauces at home to save your kitchen emergency. I love how a simple recipe turned into a delicious dish with affordable creamy-based sauces from Clara Ole.

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