The Co-operative is re-launching its premium Truly Irresistible Italian range. The new restaurant-quality menu of pre-prepared meals, available in stores now, have been created following time spent in Italy by the development chefs, who travelled the length and breadth of the country with Italian food writer Diane Seed, seeking out the most authentic tastes.
Pasta meals such as Chicken Pesto Rosso & Strozzapreti Pasta, and Smoked Salmon Linguine are joined by classics such as the Chicken Parmigiana. In a first to market, vegetarians are treated to a Roasted Courgette and Mint Lasagne.
Another exciting new meat-free option sees a twist on an existing autumn/winter product, with the launch of the Summer Vegetable Open Ravioli, created with free range egg ravioli hand filled with pea, spinach and herb sauce, layered with béchamel sauce, and finished with a pesto drizzle and asparagus.
A lighter addition to the range is the Asparagus, Petit Pois and Broad Bean Risotto, which offers a fresh alternative to meat or pasta, with arborio rice in creamy white wine sauce garnished with a blend of green vegetables & minted butter.
The Italian-inspired meals are certain to add a summer flavour to any dining table, and give a taste of the continent whatever the weather is doing in the UK.