I absolutely love working with a brand like Marks and Spencer, sampling their new food endeavours. You may remember the wonderful Italian cookery event I was able to attend a few months ago, where we made our own pasta. Italian food is one of my favourite cuisines and I loved the event, so I was thrilled to be contacted again to try some of their new Italian dishes available to buy in store now.
Did you know that since launching in 1983, lasagne has maintained its position as the no.1 prepared meal at M&S, with them selling over 55,000 a week! Isn’t that incredible? So this autumn, M&S have expanded their collection with even more authentic Italian dishes. The team behind these fantastic new flavours, travelled to Rome to search for inspiration, which we heard a lot about at the event earlier this year. It sounded like a truly amazing trip (one I would love to do some day), sampling the finest ingredients and the most delicious pasta.
M&S have been working with family run businesses for generations, and Italy is no exception. They work with businesses in Verona to make their fresh filled pasta, whilst Calabria in Southern Italy is home to their pasta sauces, and their dry pasta is air dried in the Italian Alps by the Felicetti Family. This unique touch takes M&S food up a notch! I’m sure you can all agree, their Foodhall always offers the most amazing food. I for one am a big fan!
This season we see creative and mouth watering dishes such as King Prawn Risotto, Gorgonzola & Walnut Girasoli (got my eye on this one next) and Crab Linguine instantly caught my eye. Whilst simple flavours like Parmesan Ravioli and Pancetta Carbonara appeal when in need of a comforting dish. Aside from mains, M&S have also created a range of sides, with Chunky Vegetable Pasta Sauce, Cheese & Pesto Flatbread and Piquillo & Cherrybell Pepper Focaccia. There’s everything you need to make a complete dinner!
With most dishes priced between £3 – £4, it amazes me that they’re able to deliver these fantastic ingredients and high quality products at such affordable prices.
Being the seafood fans that we are, we chose to try the Crab Linguine (literally my go-to pasta dish), and the Scallop, Pancetta & Pea Linguine (can you see a theme here?). To accompany our dishes, I picked up a bag of M&S rocket, and added a touch of olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Whilst the pepper focaccia made a nice treat, and a great sponge to mop all the left over pasta sauce!
Have you tried any of Marks and Spencer’s Italian range? I’d love to hear your thoughts if so!ac