[This review was written by Laura Hanley of G-Free Laura. Watch for more reviews from our new intrepid taste tester.]
Thanks to the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA), this past week I was lucky enough to receive a package in the mail from Joslin Foods, containing three flavors of their Summit 6 Pasta Sauce: Classic, Spicy, and Kids Flavor.
I was recommended to try a 12 Vegetable Pasta Recipe, containing just that – a lot of vegetables. Now, I’m not the biggest veggie lover out there, seeing as I am one of the only 23 year olds in the universe that still won’t eat a salad. But, I figured if the recipe had such great reviews, and I was using the Summit 6 pasta sauce that’s meant to be pretty darn tasty; the meal would turn out just fine.
So I printed off the recipe, handed it to my mom, and said “I have no idea what spaghetti squash is, but we have to make some.” Now, if you’ve read my previous posts, you know I am not the greatest gluten-free chef, I’m just good at reviewing gluten-free food that others make for me. That’s where my stepdad, Craig, comes into the picture. Craig, who I sometimes refer to as the “Gluten-Free God,” loves to cook, so this duty was naturally going to fall in his lap.
The ingredients one would need to do this recipe are:
As you can see – lots of veggies. That’s probably why they call it the 12 Vegetable Pasta Recipe.
And, as you would expect, lots of veggies means lots of chopping and dicing. But, the spoiled step-daughter I am didn’t dice one pepper or onion. Like I said, Craig is the “Gluten-Free God,” and pretty much cooked the entire meal for me.
As the spaghetti squash was cooking, and the sauce was heating up, my mom and I had a fantastic idea for the extra jar of Summit 6 sauce…make a pizza!
A while back, we stocked up on Canyon Bakehouse products, and bought some of our favorite bread – Canyon Bakehouse Rosemary & Thyme Focaccia. We wanted some bread with our meal, so we took the focaccia out of the freezer, and planned to make a pizza-type side dish with it. We spread the Summit 6 sauce on the top, and sprinkled some cheese over it. It was nice to know you can use the Summit 6 sauce for spaghetti, as well as pizza [it even tells you that on the jar].
After all the ingredients were done, the sauce was heated through, and our kitchen smelled glorious, I started to scrape the inside of the squash out for our “noodle” replacement. I was a bit nervous at this point, not knowing whether I would like the taste of the spaghetti squash, or be wishing that we were eating gluten-free noodles instead.
A few minutes later, the table was set, the food was placed, and the timer was going off informing us our focaccia pizza creation was done. I sat down, got my plate, and started digging in. First I put the spaghetti squash on my plate, thinking to myself, “well, at least this is a lot healthier than me shoveling in tons of noodles!”
I then took the ladle and poured some of the Summit 6 sauce, mixed with the above vegetables, and ground turkey [to meat it up a bit]. This was the point where I took a look at my plate and realized this was about to be a bangin’ meal.
The sauce was the perfect blend of spices, and when mixed with the vegetables, it was hearty, yet very healthy! Usually when my family goes the Italian route for dinner, I end up feeling super full, and carbed out. The Summit 6 Pasta Sauce and vegetables worked perfect with each other, acting as a great alternative for someone on a gluten-free diet.
I give Summit 6 Pasta Sauce two thumbs up because it can be used as a sauce on dishes, as well as sauce on your gluten-free pizza!! That is a plus for me, because I often make a single portion of pasta for myself, and then keep the jar in the fridge for a meal later in the week. So, having a sauce that is versatile is good so you don’t end up tossing half a jar after it expires.
It’s always a good feeling when you discover a new product that can become a staple in your gluten-free kitchen. Summit 6 definitely has the staying power for my household, as we will be able to use is in a variety of dishes…and get our veggies while doing so!