Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Buitoni Wild Mushroom Agnolotti
I arrived home Friday evening to find a large box marked "perishable" in my doorway. Slightly intrigued and a wee bit afraid of its contents (live animal, explosive device, human head), I opened it very slowly (A little egotistical to think someone would seek me out and send me something dangerous, I know. But, Unibomber in jail or not, I was paranoid).
To my delight, inside was a free sample of Buitoni's new Wild Mushroom Agnolotti! It was shipped overnight with 4 large ice packs to keep it cold (very classy Foodbuzz and Buitoni).
Inside the pasta were crimini and portobello mushroms, roasted garlic, grana padano & parmesan. As I wanted to taste the agnolotti in its purest form, I merely drizzled olive oil over the cooked noodles and ground a little fresh pepper on top.
As I took my first bite, I could taste that madeira or something similar had been added during the cooking process, adding depth to the agnolotti's flavor. I had expected a generic cheese ravioli with bits of mushroom, but the cheese did not overpower the crimini and portobello. The agnolotti tasted fresh, almost restaurant quality-in fact, better than some restaurant meals I have eaten!
Even though the pasta was slightly salty, I decided to sprinkle additional parmesan cheese over the pasta anyway (cheese was my first love and I remain in love with cheese today).
In the future, I think I would serve this with a red bell pepper-basil sauce to add more flavor but perhaps reduce the agnolotti's saltiness.
To sum up: I got, I ate, I would eat it again.
Posted by Caitlin