Wednesday morning we picked up our new Lagostina Collezion Pro 12 Elite Series cookware that had finally arrived via rain cheque. We bought the set at a fantastic 60% off. The cookware was bought to upgrade our cookware at home while allowing us to take our existing pot set down to our vacation home. It was also bought with the goal of reducing the number of pots and pans needed to prepare certain dishes. Instead of searing in a fry pan then transferring to a casserole dish, these pieces will allow us to do everything in one pan, stovetop to oven. I have to be honest with you, aside of oogling the new cookware and reorganizing the cabinet to accomodate it, I did not use any of the cookware until this morning when I started a pot of navy beans for baked beans as part of our Easter dinner tomorrow.
My concern was missing the Dutch oven from my old set. It will take a bit of getting used to the new cast iron dutch oven. It is more of a conceptual thing with me because the new Dutch oven doesn't look like it can be used on the stovetop. I've seen the celebrity chefs using this style on the stovetop and so far this morning, the beans are cooking nicely. I'll report back on those results shortly.
Catelli has a line of dry pastas called Healthy Harvest. I bought a 375g box of their whole wheat linguine that gives 75% of the daily recommended whole grain servings and is a high source of fibre. It only takes 9 minutes to cook to perfection. I topped the pasta with home canned roasted Italian sauce with mushrooms, shredded Asiago cheese, chopped green onions and chopped tomato for a lovely, healthy and meatless dinner that was low sodium and low fat. The entire meal took under 15 minutes to prepare!
If you have not tried whole wheat pastas, they are well worth the slightly higher price. I like the whole grain pastas. They have just a bit firmer texture than white wheat pastas. There is a bit more texture, just a slightly noticeable grainy texture. Whole grain pastas cook up more of a light tan than a pale creamy yellow. Other than that, whole wheat pastas can substitute in any pasta dish. This pasta is available in various shapes. A multi-grain line of pastas is also available from Catelli so you are sure to find one to please.