A nouvelle spin on refridgerated pastas, sauces


* Item: Monterey Pasta Co. Refrigerator Case Pastas and Sauces

* What you get: 9 ounces pasta, 15 ounces sauce

* Cost: $2.19 to $3.99

* Preparation time: 6 to 9 minutes

* Review: California-based Monterey offers its own nouvelle spin on refrigerated pastas and sauces. The Sweet Tomato Basil Sauce, for instance, is seasoned with honey and Burgundy wine. The tangy, chunky sauce complimented the two pastas we tried: Garlic Basil Fettuccine and Sun Dried Tomato & Asiago Cheese Tortelloni in Tomato Basil Pasta. But the sauce had a bit of a kick afterward that didn't sit well with my weaker-stomached mother. On the plus side, the cheese in the tortelloni tasted fresh, and the double tomato flavor was rich and mellow. The fettuccine tasted even better after the leftover noodles aged in the fridge overnight.

Pub Date: 6/10/98

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