Even so, cooking each night for a family on the go can sometimes present more than a few challenges, particularly when confronted by the time constrictions of modern-day life. Yes, utilizing farm fresh ingredients in my family's meals is of the utmost importance to me, but there are those times when I need to pull dinner off within 30 or so minutes without sacrificing any flavor or wholesome goodness. In those situations, I confess that I have a short list of "go to" items that save me time without sacrificing any of the "fresh". And that is why I was particularly excited to try the newest product line now carried by the Walmart chain of retailers - Prego® Farmers' Market sauces.
I learned the sauces come in three varieties - Classic Marinara, Tomato and Basil, and Roasted Garlic. The thing that drew me to this product is that they are made with produce you'd typically find at your local farmers' market; ingredients like vine-ripened tomatoes, garlic and basil that are picked at the peak of freshness. And just like in my own homemade sauce, there's similarly olive oil, black pepper and oregano put to delicious use!
As I made my way home, I also stopped in at my local farmer's market to pick up the remaining items I would need to make the meal:
After removing the garlic from heat, I took a cup of the Prego® Farmers' Market Roasted Garlic sauce and ladled it into the bottom of the cast-iron pan, spreading it evenly. Draining the pasta, I mixed it with just a wee bit more than one half of the remaining sauce. When well-mixed, I poured the pasta into the cast-iron pan.
The next step was to firmly press one half of the cooked shrimp (about 10) into the pasta, I covered it with the remaining sauce. Atop that, I spread the fresh tomatoes I sliced earlier, followed by hearty slices of fresh mozzarella. I topped that with the chiffonade of basil and a tablespoon or two of grated Parmigiana Reggiano. A sprinkle of cracked black pepper and I was almost there.
I have to say the end result was more than I imagined it would be. The simple, farm fresh ingredients used in Prego® Farmers' Market sauces were immediately recognizable in its amazingly clean flavor profile. More importantly, my family loved it and I knew they were getting something good.
My Roasted Garlic Shrimp Parmigiana turned out delicious and as the photos reveal, the rustic presentation was elegant enough to serve guests on a special occasion. Best yet, nobody would ever guess it took me less than an hour to prepare from start to finish! I guess in retrospect, I now have another "go to" item whenever I'm pressed for time and need to whip dinner up in a hurry without sacrificing flavor or freshness. Picked at peak is a very good thing!