Giovanni Rana Italian Indulgence Creamy Carbonara Sauce Recipes

As part of the launch of new authentic flavours of Italy from Giovanni Rana, I was given some sauces to try, but in a new and exciting way. I was excited to come up with some ideas the Creamy Carbonara Sauce without teaming it with the classic spaghetti pasta. It is described 'with smoked panchetta, Parmigiano Reggiano, shallots and a flourish of black pepper'.
The first idea I had with the sauce was due to the creamy nature of the sauce paired with smokey bacon...just the way I like a nice chicken pie. By adding a pre-made sauce I wanted the recipe for the pie to be quick and easy so cooked the inside and pastry separately to make it a super speedy meal that was max 20mins in the making!

Chicken & Leek Carbonara Pie (for one)
1. Roll out a square of puff pastry and place it in a pre-heated oven
2. Slowly fry a leek, and when softened add half a pot of Giovanni Rana Carbonara Sauce.
3. Heat through and serve onto the plate. Top with the cooked piece of pastry and serve with veggies.

It was wonderfully creamy and worked really well as a pie filling. I was a little underwhelmed by the lack of pancetta pieces, but you could still taste the smokey flavour of the sauce.

The next recipe was a bit random and wasn't entirely sure it would work but I even surprised myself with actually preferring it over the pie. I wanted to see if it would work well with other meats so tried it with some meatballs.
Carbonara Meatballs with Sweet Potato Mash
1. Finely slice some red onion and cook them slowly on the hob
2. Put your meatballs in the oven and cook as per packet instructions. I used the Ikea meatballs which worked well and was quick to bake.
3. Meanwhile pierce the sweet potato in several places and place in the microwave for 5-10 minutes or until soft. Remove, and scoop out all the flesh. Mash with some garlic salt (or just plain salt if you have it) and pepper.
4. Pour the sauce and meatball over the onions and warm through together for a few minutes.
5 Serve with some tasty veggies.

I couldn't believe how tasty these came out, and would have to say I enjoyed them more than the meatballs you would get at IKEA café! I really enjoyed the flavours in this sauce, and was pleasantly surprised how versatile it could be after it being cornered into the pasta sauce aisles.
Disclaimer: I was sent these products to review, but as always, all opinions are my own


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