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If you love Italian food and want to bring some real foodie magic to your table, then Sacla can help you do just that with their famous Pesto sauces.

Sacla La Famiglia launch event - a wonderful evening celebrating the pesto sauce range that Sacla has to offer! www.intolerantgourmand.com 

Pasta is famous for its simplicity, comfort factor and versatility. It’s a staple in many households, and for a good reason.

Sauces for pasta have been increasing in popularity over the years, none more so than the now iconic Sacla, famous its range of pesto sauces.

A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of attending a special dinner event with a number of top UK bloggers to celebrate the launch of the new ‘La Famiglia – The Family Book of Pesto’ a recipe book with classics, featuring recipes from the lovely Rachel Allen.

The event was held at the incredible Café Murano in London, and it was clear that the focus for Sacla to portray was very much on intimate dining for the family. The venue leant itself beautifully to this concept, with the event being held in a stunning private room upstairs.

Sacla La Famiglia launch event - a wonderful evening celebrating the range of Sacla pesto sauces and the launch of the 'La Famiglia' recipe book featuring Rachel Allen! www.intolerantgourmand.com

We were greeted by the Sacla team with drinks, and a chance to mingle with fellow bloggers. It was great to catch up with Le Coin de Mel, What the Redhead Said, Free From Farmhouse, Glutarama, Mummy Tries, and many more.

To give us an idea of the food to come, our taste buds were awakened with delicious canapes including:

  • Mushroom Arancini
  • Salami, chilli and rosemary pane carasau
  • Bruschetta, pea pesto, ricotta salata
  • Bruschetta, San Marzano tomato

Sacla La Famiglia launch event - a wonderful evening celebrating the range of Sacla pesto sauces and the launch of the 'La Famiglia' recipe book featuring Rachel Allen! www.intolerantgourmand.com

We then sat down to hear about the history of Sacla from their MD Clare Blampied.

Sacla La Famiglia launch event - a wonderful evening celebrating the range of Sacla pesto sauces and the launch of the 'La Famiglia' recipe book featuring Rachel Allen! www.intolerantgourmand.com

Established in 1939, in Asti and set up as a business to use the glut of vegetables grown, Sacla has been family owned from the beginning, and is now in it’s 3rd generation. Their now famous pesto was launched in 1990 and indeed Sacla were the first to launch such a product in the UK. It is sold in 60 countries worldwide.

We were told ‘there’s a pesto for everyone’ with 12 varieties available. We got to see some of them in action during our meal, and more are featured within the new ‘La Famiglia’ recipe book!

The message was clear for us to see, Sacla want to make life easier for us all, and quicker to make decent food. We all lead busy lives, so to know that there is a pesto sauce we can trust and turn to in our cupboards to create decent and tasty meals is great.

Most of us will have used pesto when we were students, and then again when feeding our children for quick, easy and nutritious meals.

Sacla La Famiglia launch event - a wonderful evening celebrating the range of Sacla pesto sauces and the launch of the 'La Famiglia' recipe book featuring Rachel Allen! www.intolerantgourmand.com

The lovely Rachel Allen then joined the discussion, explaining where her love of food and cooking came from, and how the ethos of Sacla fits with her vision of food, using ingredients to showcase them to their fullest potential.

After this, we were then treated to the most delicious 4 course meal, designed to showcase the versatility of pesto sauces, and giving us ideas on how we can use them beyond simply pasta dishes.

Sacla La Famiglia launch event - a wonderful evening celebrating the range of Sacla pesto sauces and the launch of the 'La Famiglia' recipe book featuring Rachel Allen! www.intolerantgourmand.com

Our incredible menu consisted of:

  • Mozarella, tomato and basil pesto
  • Trofie pasta and Sacla chilli pesto
  • Whole sea bream, peperonata and spring greens
  • Muscovado tart and raspberries

Sacla La Famiglia launch event - a wonderful evening celebrating the range of Sacla pesto sauces and the launch of the 'La Famiglia' recipe book featuring Rachel Allen! www.intolerantgourmand.com

And for the people at the event with special dietary requirements, they got equally special meals created just for them too. It was total inclusion on an impressive level!

It was such a lovely evening, with a wonderfully vibrant and bubbly atmosphere as is always the case when you get a group of bloggers together.

Thank you Sacla for the invite!

Sacla La Famiglia launch event - a wonderful evening celebrating the range of Sacla pesto sauces and the launch of the 'La Famiglia' recipe book featuring Rachel Allen! www.intolerantgourmand.com

 

***COMPETITION TIME***

We got a goodie bag at the Sacla event which included:

La Famiglia recipe book
x2 Sacla pesto sauces
Con Gusto book
Sacla USB

How would you like to get your hands on a goodie bag too?

All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is to answer this simple question by commenting on this blog post:

QUESTION: What recipe would you make with a Sacla pesto sauce?

HOW TO ENTER

The prize will be sent out to the winner week commencing 9th July 2018!

Good Luck!!

Sacla La Famiglia launch event - a wonderful evening celebrating the range of Sacla pesto sauces and the launch of the 'La Famiglia' recipe book featuring Rachel Allen! www.intolerantgourmand.com

Sacla La Famiglia launch event - a wonderful evening celebrating the range of Sacla pesto sauces and the launch of the 'La Famiglia' recipe book featuring Rachel Allen! www.intolerantgourmand.com 

NB: This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Sacla but all views are my own! 

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0 # Emily Henley 2018-06-14 06:12
It would have to be pesto crusted cod - so good!
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0 # ROBERT MCINTOSH 2018-06-14 06:17
Has to be spaghetti with pesto - and a bit extra garlic for me!
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0 # Suzanne 2018-06-14 06:27
Looks great for inspiration.
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0 # Collette Sr 2018-06-14 06:55
Thank you for such an interesting article I tend to just use Pesto in pasta dishes and was intrigued to find out that you can use it in other dishes!
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0 # Thomas Humphries 2018-06-14 06:59
Bruschetta, pea pesto, ricotta salata
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0 # Victoria G 2018-06-14 07:28
I think I would make a chicken pesto pasta. Lovely and such a fresh tasting meal! :P
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0 # Josie Bicknell 2018-06-14 07:34
would love to win this
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0 # Sharon Worsley 2018-06-14 07:48
I would make a slimming world lasagne
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0 # Margaret Whitby Clar 2018-06-14 08:23
Great article, thank you. I had no idea there were so many varieties of pesto.
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0 # Kim Styles 2018-06-14 08:27
I would make a pesto gnocchi with vegetables dish
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0 # Laura Jeffs 2018-06-14 08:32
Fabulous goodies! Love Sacla' Pesto, and would definitely like to try the recipes on the Family Book of Pesto book..fingers crossed! :-)
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0 # Jayne Townson 2018-06-14 08:33
I would make a vegetarian lasagna with the pesto, thanks for the chance to win.
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0 # Lucy 2018-06-14 08:36
I would have a pesto pasta with creme fraiche and bacon :)
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0 # Keith Embleton 2018-06-14 08:40
Keep it simple, with garlic and chilli oil
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0 # Caroline H 2018-06-14 08:52
I usually play it a bit safe with pesto but the Trofie pasta and Sacla chilli pesto sound amazing.
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0 # Marc Neal 2018-06-14 09:22
put it on pasta - Aubergine pesto is my fav!
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0 # iain maciver 2018-06-14 09:27
amazing giveaway would make a pasta dish
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0 # Tammy Tudor 2018-06-14 09:31
I am a huge fan of pesto! Would love to win
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0 # Lorraine Tinsley 2018-06-14 09:57
I love making Pesto baked chicken, I bake the chicken and then about 15 mins before the end I cover them in pesto. My daughters love it
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0 # Sarah Rees 2018-06-14 10:22
I would make pesto chicken pasta
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0 # Emily Kerner 2018-06-14 10:23
I would of course make the classic pesto pasta with some grilled courgettes/aubergine on the side!
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0 # Mark Johnson 2018-06-14 10:31
pasta pesto
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0 # Ritchie 2018-06-14 10:31
Something simple like linguini with pesto
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0 # Pauline Hill 2018-06-14 10:38
GREAT GIVEAW3AY LOVE IT
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0 # Pauline Hill 2018-06-14 10:39
:-|
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0 # felicity 2018-06-14 10:40
I would keep it simple and delicious by stirring it into fresh pasta :-)
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0 # Ms C Bryan 2018-06-14 10:54
Whole sea bream, peperonata and spring greens
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0 # Marycarol 2018-06-14 10:56
Fantastic love to win x
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0 # Steph 2018-06-14 10:57
You can't beat Sacla Pesto! Nothing comes close.
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0 # Steph 2018-06-14 10:58
I would make pesto crummed white fish! My boyfriend's favorite!
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0 # Amandeep Sibia 2018-06-14 11:02
A simple pesto spaghetti
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0 # Marycarol 2018-06-14 11:08
Pesto chicken and broccoli pasta
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0 # CAROL MARAFON 2018-06-14 11:15
Basil Pesto Risotto
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0 # Sarah-Jane Carter 2018-06-14 11:23
I would make the chicken casserole with Pesto dumplings x
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0 # Debi Gillard 2018-06-14 11:39
Always have scale pesto in my cupboard
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0 # Tracy Newton 2018-06-14 12:09
I could not imagine life without Sacla. Just stir it into pasta. Instant fast food
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0 # Fozia Akhtar 2018-06-14 12:35
I would make a yummy pesto salad
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0 # Mark Cameron 2018-06-14 13:27
a nice pasta, with chorizo, chicken and veg.
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0 # Ren Taylor 2018-06-14 14:50
I would love to make a pesto salmon pasta bake ❤
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0 # Sue Watson 2018-06-14 15:04
This would be lovely for anyone!
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0 # Annabel Greaves 2018-06-14 15:52
I love Sacla products
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0 # Laura Banks 2018-06-14 18:01
i would makes some sort of canneloni
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0 # Solange 2018-06-14 18:18
Thai pesto prawn noodles
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0 # leanne weir 2018-06-14 18:41
Great site, fab prize
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0 # Julia Nicholls 2018-06-14 19:08
I love pesto so much. It makes for such such a quick and tasty lunch or dinner. I like to vary my herbs, nuts, cheese and vegetables as a supplement on top.
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0 # Dean T 2018-06-14 19:49
I buy the Sacla red pesto from my local supermarket form time to time, definitely on eof the nicer pestos
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0 # sarah birkett 2018-06-14 19:58
piles of bolognese sauce. I then add it to pasta, potatoes., even on toast. great as an emergency
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0 # Margaret Gallagher 2018-06-14 19:59
Seafood paella - quick easy and totally delicious
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0 # Martina Pichova 2018-06-14 20:05
I love cooking with pesto - it makes midweeks dinners so quick and easy.
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0 # Rebecca Brown 2018-06-14 20:34
Yummy fresh tagiatelle with pesto, goat cheese and pine nuts, served with a yummy spinach and watercress side salad
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0 # Catherine Bullas 2018-06-14 22:09
Looks fab
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0 # Sarah Morris 2018-06-14 22:12
Oooh, I would make a pesto sauce with creme fraiche, chicken and green beans, to go with either boiled potatoes or rice.
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0 # Karen Barrett 2018-06-15 07:51
My peas and beans are nearly ready in the garden so I will be making some soup, perfect with a little pesto
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0 # Ruth Harwood 2018-06-15 09:40
Wow, this looks fabulous!!
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0 # A.E. ADKINS 2018-06-15 10:03
We love pasta and pesto, it's one of our go to non-meat meals and so economical too
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0 # Laura Chapman 2018-06-15 13:01
I would make baked fish, smothered in pesto with new potatoes and spring greens.
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0 # Richard Tyler 2018-06-15 14:52
Yummy pasta dish
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0 # Sheena Batey 2018-06-15 16:17
We use Scala a lot for everyday meals
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0 # Sheena Batey 2018-06-15 16:17
We use Scala a lot in our everyday meals
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0 # Rachel Frances 2018-06-16 02:00
I love it
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0 # michelle oneill 2018-06-16 07:03
a nice pasta dish x
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0 # Kelly D 2018-06-16 13:31
I would make a fettuccine recipe.
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0 # Emma C 2018-06-16 15:30
Bacon and mushroom pasta
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0 # Emma Nixon 2018-06-16 20:19
Chcken breast stuffed with pesto with new potatoes and a veggie pasta
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0 # Lottie 2018-06-16 20:28
I'd make paninis with green pesto, roasted red peppers and sliced cheddar cheese. Warm in the oven on 180 degress for 10 -15 mins. Delicious!
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0 # cat 2018-06-16 22:02
:-) I have a real passion for good Italian food would love this so much, am a big fan of Sacla
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0 # Sheila Reeves 2018-06-17 06:30
I like to make a peston and chicken pasta with asparagus (if it's in season in the UK)
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0 # Gillian Hitchen 2018-06-17 08:41
Spread on bruschetta mmmm
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0 # Kim Neville 2018-06-17 10:54
I WOULD MAKE CHICKEN PESTO PASTA WITH MUSHROOMS
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0 # amy bondoc 2018-06-17 14:53
its yummy as a dressing with green beans
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0 # Anne Johnston 2018-06-17 15:17
I’d love to make lasagne
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0 # Jane Vaughan 2018-06-17 15:35
I'd make a brie, rocket and pesto panini - yummy!
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0 # Gary Topley 2018-06-17 15:44
Chicken and Sun dried tomatoes. Thankyou for the competition x
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0 # Lyn Burgess 2018-06-17 21:15
I'd make a smoked haddock and vodka risotto, with a pesto topping and celery leaves sprinkled over (try it, it really works )
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0 # amanda w 2018-06-18 12:39
id make a nice chicken tagliatelle!mmm could just eat that now!
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0 # Amy Fidler 2018-06-18 17:10
love the Sacla Range
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0 # Carolyn E 2018-06-18 23:16
You have just inspired me to make the Trofie pasta and Sacla chilli pesto. It is making my taste buds tingle at the thought of it already!
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0 # Suzanne Jackson 2018-06-19 09:57
Would make a yummy Pesto Chicken
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