Pesto Polenta Cakes with Caramelized Onions*

Whenever I am having friends or family over, I like to make things that don’t have me cooking the whole time they are visiting. Mainly it’s because I like to drink wine and talk about how hot Ryan Gosling is, but I also think it’s rude to ignore your guests and be stuck in the kitchen the entire night.

Usually this means we throw a lot of Mexican-themed dinner parties at my house. With chips and guacamole, enchiladas and flan all being the perfect dishes to be made ahead of time, it is a no brainer.

But lately I have been trying to mix it up and discover some new cuisines that are also easily made ahead!

Last week I was lucky enough to get to try some of the already prepared pastas and sauces from Monterey Gourmet Foods.

Their Spinach and Cheese Ravioli†is one of my favorite easy week night meals. Most prepared pastas come with more servings than Jorge and I need, which means we either over eat or end up throwing some away. Thankfully the Monterey Gourmet Foods Ravioli come in packages of 2 perfect servings, which helps to save my budget and my diet! There is also a larger family size, which is great for when you’re preparing a meal for a group of people.

While I am obviously a fan of their awesome pasta products, I really love their ready-to-go Basil Pesto with Almonds and Pine Nuts! It is so versatile I have been able to use it on pizza, sandwiches, and a wonderful fresh tomato pesto salad.

But my favorite new way to use Monterey Gourmet Foods pesto has been in these Pesto Polenta Cakes with Caramelized Onions! After I wrote this post, I learned that they also offer polenta in two varieties.

These polenta cakes are by no means traditional. Before trying my idea, I searched and searched for a recipe with ingredients mixed inside of the polenta cakes, but all I could find were recipes with caramelized onions placed on top.

So I took a shot in the dark and mixed the pesto and caramelized onions into the polenta before pan frying them. I am SO glad I did! These were a delicious appetizer for the dinner party and were perfect to make ahead of time.

As our friends arrived, I quickly pan fried these babies and was able to actually sit down and catch up instead of slaving away in the kitchen!


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Pesto Polenta Cakes with Caramelized Onions

Yield: Yield 9 Cakes

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon butter
1 large yellow onion, diced
1 tablespoon packed brown sugar
2 cups milk
2 cups water
1 cup of Polenta (Fine Corn Meal)
Pinch of salt
2 oz parmesan cheese, grated
2 tablespoons Monterey Pesto
1 tablespoon olive oil

Directions:

Butter or spray a 9X13 baking dish. Set aside.

Add the olive oil and butter to a heavy bottomed saucepan over medium heat. Add the onions and saute, stirring often, for 10 minutes. Add brown sugar and a pinch of salt and lower heat to medium-low. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until onions are tender and a deep golden brown, about 20 minutes.

While the onions are cooking, in a large sauce pan bring milk and water to a boil. Season with salt and gradually stir in the polenta. Reduce heat to low, stirring often, and continue to cook until mixture thickens, about 30 minutes.

Once polenta has thickened, stir in caramelized onions, parmesan cheese and Monterey Pesto. Transfer polenta mixture to prepared baking dish and cover with saran wrap,†smoothing it down directly on top of the polenta. Place into the refrigerator for about one hour to set up.

To make polenta cakes:

Remove from fridge and use a large round cookie cutter to make 9 polenta cakes. (You may also just cut the polenta into rectangles to not have any waste.)

Heat a large saute pan over medium heat and add about 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Once the oil is hot, place†the polenta cakes into the pan. Cook until a golden crust has formed on both sides, flipping as little as possible.

Transfer polenta cakes to a paper towel lined plate and let cool for 1 minute. Serve immediately with extra Monterey Pesto or grated parmesan cheese.

Giveaway!

I was lucky enough to try Monterey Gourmet Foods, and one of you will be too!†One of you will win the following:

(1) $100 Visa gift card and VIP coupons for free Monterey Gourmet Foods products!

To be entered for a chance to win, please tell me what you would make using a Monterey Gourmet Foods pasta or sauce product.† If youíd also like to share a recipe, feel free to post it on your blog/website and include a link to it in your comment.

Rules:

No duplicate comments.

You may receive (2) total entries by selecting from the following entry methods:

a) Leave a comment in response to the sweepstakes prompt on this post

b) Tweet about this promotion and leave the URL to that tweet in a comment on this post

c) Blog about this promotion and leave the URL to that post in a comment on this post

d) For those with no Twitter or blog, read the official rules to learn about an alternate form of entry.

This giveaway is open to US Residents age 18 or older. Winners will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by e-mail. You have 72 hours to get back to me, otherwise a new winner will be selected.

The Official Rules are available here.

This sweepstakes runs from 4/11/2012-5/31/2012.

Be sure to visit the Monterey Gourmet Foods page on BlogHer.com where you can read other bloggers reviews and find more chances to win!

Monterey Gourmet Foods is a registered trademark of Pulmuone Foods USA, Inc.

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159 Responses to “Pesto Polenta Cakes with Caramelized Onions”

  1. 1

    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — April 12, 2012 @ 3:53 am

    I love how Ryan Gosling is involved in your dinner parties.

    So even though I’ve never had polenta before, I’m loving these polenta cakes, especially because of that pesto topping. Pesto makes everything better.

    As for the giveaway, I’d love to use the shrimp and lobster ravioli and top that with a creamy jalapeno-like bechamel.

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    Katrina — April 12, 2012 @ 7:12 am

    I freaking love these! I’m not even kidding, if I won I would make this!

  3. 3

    Francesca — April 12, 2012 @ 7:50 am

    I would make the Tomato, Basil, & Mozzarella Ravioli with my parents’ homemade tomato sauce. Divine!!!!

  4. 4

    cassie — April 12, 2012 @ 8:13 am

    I love to make homemade pizza on my pizza stone, so I would use the pesto or the Healthy Garden Marinara to make a yummy veggie pizza!

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    Sally @ Spontaneous Hausfrau — April 12, 2012 @ 8:16 am

    I’ve been meaning to make polenta since the fall and somehow it keeps falling by the wayside. But after reading this fabulous recipe, I think I need to remedy that this week!

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    courtney — April 12, 2012 @ 9:23 am

    i love making pita pizzas for weekday dinners and that pesto would be delish with some goat cheese + roasted tomatoes!

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    Shelly — April 12, 2012 @ 9:24 am

    I’d use the marinara and make my daughter her favorite food..spaghetti!

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    amy @ fearless homemaker — April 12, 2012 @ 9:36 am

    yum, these sound awesome! i think i’d try their pesto – i make my own during the summer when i have fresh basil, but it would be good option for fall + winter when my basil plants are hibernating for the winer. =)

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    Laura Wood — April 12, 2012 @ 9:42 am

    This looks sooo good! I love pesto like Paula Dean loves butter. I could put it on pretty much anything! Pizza, pasta, paninis, chicken, seafood……a spoon!

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    Emilie @ Emilie's Enjoyables — April 12, 2012 @ 10:06 am

    I’m obsessed with polenta and have been looking for new ways to use it-these seriously look so delicious, I would definitely make them. It’s a nice new way to use pesto rather than on pasta, fish or meat.

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    Kristina — April 12, 2012 @ 10:32 am

    Mmmm I love pesto, but am terrible at growing my own basil so I always end up buying it and this looks waaayyy better than the jarred variety. I’d make a pesto cream sauce to go over pasta with broccoli, spinach, and tomatoes. Yum!

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    Annika Elston — April 12, 2012 @ 10:59 am

    I love making homemade pizzas and using their pesto instead of marinara sauce would be a perfect addition!

  13. 13

    Marnely Rodriguez — April 12, 2012 @ 11:32 am

    I’d love to layer this in lasagna!

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    katherine d. — April 12, 2012 @ 11:36 am

    i would use the butternut squash ravioli and serve it with vodka sauce

    katherinedibello (at) gmail (dot) com

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    Melisa — April 12, 2012 @ 12:09 pm

    Oooh, I think I’d have to make these! I’d also love to try their butternut squash ravioli with some olive oil and grated cheese.

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    Cara — April 12, 2012 @ 1:40 pm

    I would make something simple with just pesto and pasta!

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    Ilene — April 12, 2012 @ 1:48 pm

    Def. want to try this recipe.
    I would use the tortelloni in my go to recipe with sauted spinach and garlic with toasted pine nuts!

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    Gigi — April 12, 2012 @ 1:52 pm

    Pesto spaghetti with pine nuts and cheese. I bet this would be great on bruschetta toast.

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    Emily — April 12, 2012 @ 1:55 pm

    I’d make homemade bread sticks and use their hearty garden marinara as a dipping sauce.

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    Alissa — April 12, 2012 @ 1:56 pm

    OMG! This I will make tonight! My friends and family are you to love it!

  21. 21

    Amy @ The Nifty Foodie — April 12, 2012 @ 1:57 pm

    I would make a crawfish cream sauce to put on top of the spinach/cheese ravioli. I’m on a crawfish kick lately!

  22. 22

    Allie — April 12, 2012 @ 2:01 pm

    I have to agree with another commenter…homemade pizza on our pizza stone!!! Mmmmmmm!!!!

  23. 23

    Eva @ Eva Bakes — April 12, 2012 @ 2:02 pm

    I’ve never had polenta cakes, but they sound great! I’d bake them and serve them with a protein.

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    Allie — April 12, 2012 @ 2:02 pm

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    Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic — April 12, 2012 @ 2:08 pm

    Pesto polenta cakes sound great! If I win, I’d love to try the pesto on homemade pizza :)

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    Quita Graves — April 12, 2012 @ 2:13 pm

    I just made some chicken, mushrooms, zucchini and tomato with fresh basil and white wine vinegar to serve over pasta,and that would be great served over some tortellini… My mouth is watering…

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    Lindsay {life and kitchen} — April 12, 2012 @ 2:16 pm

    You SO wish you were that girl in NYC who Ryan saved from a taxi. (I do, too.)

    P.S. This is also my entry :)

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    Sarahanne — April 12, 2012 @ 2:54 pm

    I’d make dinner ;) hehe, My husband makes a killer gnocci but it takes forever, I’d use the preprepared gnocci with a simple cream sauce- yum!

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    Linda S. — April 12, 2012 @ 2:56 pm

    This sounds like a great technique for using polenta; it reminds me of using risotto to make arancini (risotto balls with cheese in the middle).

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    Linda S. — April 12, 2012 @ 2:58 pm

    I’d try their gnocchi; it can be intimidating to make your own and get the texture right.

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    Erin @ Lemon Sugar — April 12, 2012 @ 3:02 pm

    Great post! I’d definitely try their gnocchi – I’m kind of obsessed with gnocchi – I love to make it homemade but I don’t always have time!

    :)

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    Nell McCaslin — April 12, 2012 @ 3:42 pm

    These polenta cakes look almost as good as Ryan Gosling. I would love to use either the Monterey Bay pesto sauce or tapenade sauce as stuffing for sautéed or baked chicken breasts. I also love tapenade on grilled fish.

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    Eva Kitcheninspirations.wordpress.com — April 12, 2012 @ 3:49 pm

    That’s easy, I think your recipe would totally inspire me to use this product; it looks flavour and texture packed. I think I might do crispy ravioli with their Roasted Garlic Chicken Ravioli and smother it with some of that pesto you used. Their products look quite versatile.

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    Krissy's Creations — April 12, 2012 @ 3:57 pm

    What a great recipe! So easy. So delicious!

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    Corisa — April 12, 2012 @ 4:17 pm

    I’ve recently tried pesto and I’m in love! I’d love to have the pesto on a grilled panini sandwich!

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    Kari — April 12, 2012 @ 4:24 pm

    Yum! My stomach just growled…

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    anna pry — April 12, 2012 @ 4:30 pm

    RED PEPPER PESTO AND ARUGULA PIZZA

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    anna pry — April 12, 2012 @ 4:34 pm

    https://twitter.com/#!/thepryfamily2/status/190537282766385152
    thepryfamily@gmail.com

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    Grubarazzi — April 12, 2012 @ 5:02 pm

    Oh my, those look delicious! Oy.

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    Melissa T — April 12, 2012 @ 5:55 pm

    mmmm yum delicious I’d make some pasta :) or a burger :) thank you for the opportunity!

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    Melissa T — April 12, 2012 @ 5:55 pm

    I tweeted the giveaway https://twitter.com/#!/abitnerdy/status/190558826100031492

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    steph — April 12, 2012 @ 6:32 pm

    id make a pesto pasta salad with their sauce!

  43. 43

    steph — April 12, 2012 @ 6:32 pm

    https://twitter.com/#!/DesMoinesDealin/status/190568092840099840

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    Michelle — April 12, 2012 @ 9:07 pm

    I would make a grilled chicken and pesto on top of bow tie pasta.

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    Joanne — April 12, 2012 @ 10:14 pm

    You realize that I am going to just sit in front of the plate of these and eat them one by one. With my hands. It’s SO going to happen. Pesto AND caramelized onions? How could I resist?!?

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    Kelly D — April 12, 2012 @ 10:15 pm

    I would make Tortelloni salad with their pasta.

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    Kelly D — April 12, 2012 @ 10:16 pm

    tweeted
    https://twitter.com/#!/kellysaver/status/190624342533611520

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    Mimi — April 12, 2012 @ 10:52 pm

    I would make ravioli with some marinara sauce, mmmm

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    Sunshyn V — April 13, 2012 @ 1:11 am

    I’d like to try their Shrimp & North Atlantic Lobster Ravioli

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    Sunshyn V — April 13, 2012 @ 1:12 am

    I tweeted about this
    https://twitter.com/#!/The_Sunshyn/status/190668657372835841

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    tiff — April 13, 2012 @ 9:49 am

    I would try their pesto with some linguini!

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    Heather K Miller — April 13, 2012 @ 12:09 pm

    I would love to make the prepared gnocchi with an alfredo recipe sauce I have. I love chicken on the side of pasta so I would make pesto covered chicken to go with it!

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    Kita — April 13, 2012 @ 2:43 pm

    I have never had polenta, but it has been on my list of things to try for some time now – as for pesto and caramelized onions though, I am already a huge fan. These little cakes look like perfect go to starers. (We always end up going with Mexican too when we have people over, but I think it’s because BF rarely lets me make it for the two of us).

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    Kita — April 13, 2012 @ 2:44 pm

    Oh and as far as entering to win goes, I love have ready to go ravioli and pesto in the fridge for those nights when I have to close my store and I am too tired when I get home to do anything but heat things up. I know it’s a lame answer but it’s that truth ;)

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    Kelsey — April 13, 2012 @ 4:40 pm

    I’ve been in love with strawberries this year, so I think I’d make those polenta cakes, then top them with the pesto, some strawberries, and a drizzle of balsamic reduction.

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    Kelsey — April 13, 2012 @ 5:00 pm

    Tweeted it right here! https://twitter.com/#!/appleadayblog/status/190907246492921856

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    debra b — April 13, 2012 @ 10:08 pm

    I would LoVe to make the Roasted Chicken & Mozzarella ravioli with also adding a great salad and loaf of good crusty bread and call that dinner for me & hubby, I know he would absolutely love it and I would too

    Thanks for the amazing giveaway

    debis126 at yahoo.com

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    debra b — April 13, 2012 @ 10:10 pm

    tweeted the giveaway here

    https://twitter.com/#!/deb126/status/190985014048079874

    thanks again

    debis126 at yahoo.com

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    Kathleen @ the lushers — April 13, 2012 @ 10:26 pm

    I know it’s not super original, but I love pesto in place of tomato sauce on pizza! It’s delicious even mixed in the dough, so I would do that!

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    Judy B. — April 14, 2012 @ 6:01 pm

    Would love to try the Lobster Ravioli with Saffron Cream Sauce on the Monterey Gourmet Foods website.

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    Judy B. — April 14, 2012 @ 6:01 pm

    Tweeted:
    https://twitter.com/#!/BBirdie2/status/191284466793185280

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    sy — April 15, 2012 @ 6:29 am

    I want to try making tuna pasta. Thanks for sharing your recipe.
    songyueyu at gmail

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    sy — April 15, 2012 @ 6:29 am

    tweet: https://twitter.com/#!/syytta/status/191473203103809537
    songyueyu at gmail

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    Jessie C. — April 16, 2012 @ 1:31 am

    I’d make lasagna, kids love it.
    tcarolinep at gmail dot com

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    Jessie C. — April 16, 2012 @ 1:32 am

    https://twitter.com/#!/tcarolinep/status/191760656796618752

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    Becky — April 16, 2012 @ 10:29 am

    Pesto is my favorite sauce so I’d make some stuffed shells with shredded chicken, pesto, and cheese – yum! :)

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    katie — April 16, 2012 @ 3:20 pm

    Oh I love their products already. I always buy their pesto sauce to throw into a simple pasta dish for a quick weeknight meal!

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    Michelle — April 16, 2012 @ 5:44 pm

    These look so yummy! I’m going to try them next time I have friends over; last time I was stuck in the kitchen while trying to entertain and these look like they could solve that problem.

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    Claudia — April 16, 2012 @ 9:03 pm

    I am not very good cook , buy I saw a recipe at Monterrey Gourmet Foods website that I would love to make , Pear Pesto Pizza .

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    cw — April 16, 2012 @ 10:36 pm

    mmmmm! I would make lobster ravioli with alfredo sauce. So many wonderful varieties to choose from!

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    Debbie B — April 16, 2012 @ 11:45 pm

    i would make lasagna – it’s one of our favorite dishes!

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    Debbie B — April 17, 2012 @ 12:15 am

    i tweeted here: https://twitter.com/#!/bellows22/status/192095106264866816

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    Tina — April 17, 2012 @ 7:44 am

    Holy yum. I want to make THESE!!! :) I’ve never made polenta at home… Need to add that to my list along with lemon curd (u are SO culturing me)

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    The Teacher Cooks — April 17, 2012 @ 9:23 am

    I have a favorite pasta recipe with shrimp that works perfectly with pesto sauce. Have never done polenta before. Yours looks so good!

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    Jennifer P — April 17, 2012 @ 3:40 pm

    Got to, got to try this!

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    Cari Schroeder — April 17, 2012 @ 5:50 pm

    Yum! I think I’d incorporate it into lasagna. It’s a family favorite in my house! Thanks for the opportunity!

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    Juli — April 17, 2012 @ 6:06 pm

    Rainbow Five Cheese Tortelloni cooked in chicken stock and topped with lots of cracked black pepper and grated asiago – keeping it simple!

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    sandra — April 18, 2012 @ 9:00 am

    i’d make their potato parmesan gnocchi

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    Kiran @ KiranTarun.com — April 18, 2012 @ 4:43 pm

    Love that you made the cakes with caramelized onions. Holy yum :D

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    Tina M — April 18, 2012 @ 5:20 pm

    I’d love to make lasagna!

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    Tina M — April 18, 2012 @ 5:20 pm

    https://twitter.com/#!/HappyTina0115/status/192724217396080640

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    Nancy — April 18, 2012 @ 11:22 pm

    I’d love to make home-made pizza with Monterey’s Pesto sauce as a substitute for tomato sauce. Easier on the stomach!

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    Melissa C. — April 19, 2012 @ 5:52 pm

    I’d love to make the butternut squash ravioli with a browned butter thyme sauce

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    amy @ uTryIt — April 21, 2012 @ 8:24 pm

    I would love to create a Creamy Ricotta Florentine Ravioli with Alfredo sauce using Monterey Gourmet Foods products. Sounds yummy and couldn’t be any easier. I can’t wait to try this combination.

    Amy [at] utry [dot] it

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    amy @ uTryIt — April 21, 2012 @ 8:24 pm

    I tweeted about this giveaway: https://twitter.com/#!/uTry_it/status/193857768833290240
    Amy [at] utry [dot] it

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    Erica Best — April 22, 2012 @ 5:39 pm

    https://twitter.com/#!/purplelover04/status/194176547106721792

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    Erica Best — April 22, 2012 @ 5:40 pm

    https://twitter.com/#!/purplelover04/status/194177787223998467

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    Erica Best — April 22, 2012 @ 5:41 pm

    I would love to make homemade pasta with brown butter

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    ANGEL JACKLYN — April 22, 2012 @ 6:49 pm

    I’D MAKE THE PEAR PESTO PIZZA! THANKS!

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    ANGEL JACKLYN — April 22, 2012 @ 6:49 pm

    2ND ENTRY TWEET https://twitter.com/#!/kytah00/status/194196126281379840

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    karen — April 25, 2012 @ 4:13 pm

    I love pesto. I’d try making a pesto pasta salad!

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    Theresa J — April 28, 2012 @ 11:29 am

    https://twitter.com/#!/tweetyscute/status/196259771043680258

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    Theresa J — April 28, 2012 @ 11:30 am

    we love lasagna

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    Deb Anderson — April 28, 2012 @ 3:30 pm

    Even though my family loves pasta, I’ve discovered I can sometimes use rice in place of pasta and they love it too. Especially brown and wild rice. Recently I paired alfredo sauce with brown rice and grilled scallops and it was out of this world! I would love to try Monterey Gourmet Foods Alfredo sauce in my recipes.

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    Deb Anderson — April 28, 2012 @ 3:30 pm

    https://twitter.com/#!/tnshadylady/status/196320481190752258

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    Kristen — April 28, 2012 @ 4:11 pm

    I’d make Spinach Ravioli Lasagna with Pesto Panko Bread Crumbs.

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    Michelle H. — April 30, 2012 @ 2:30 am

    I’d make Prime Veal Chop with Pesto and Feta Cheese

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    Michelle H. — April 30, 2012 @ 2:30 am

    Tweeted
    https://twitter.com/#!/auntiethesis/status/196848804333490178

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    Rebecca Graham — April 30, 2012 @ 2:39 am

    I would make spaghetti.

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    Rebecca Graham — April 30, 2012 @ 2:40 am

    Tweeted: https://twitter.com/#!/rhoneygee/status/196851357964173313

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    Crystal Warren — April 30, 2012 @ 3:05 am

    My family loves a good Chicken Alfredo so I’d use their alfredo sauce as a base and add fresh mushrooms, lightly blackened chicken and toss with pasta

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    Crystal Warren — April 30, 2012 @ 3:07 am

    tweeted too! https://twitter.com/#!/happyenchilada2/status/196858088349892609

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    Erin from Long Island — April 30, 2012 @ 6:42 am

    I’d love to make the Lobster Ravioli with Saffron Cream Sauce

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    Erin from Long Island — April 30, 2012 @ 6:43 am

    tweeted

    https://twitter.com/#!/erunuevo/status/196912571364806656

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    Brandy — May 3, 2012 @ 3:33 pm

    I’d make veggie primavera. I stinking love polenta!
    –Brandy
    fosterbrandy(at)msn(dot)com

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    Becky Horn — May 5, 2012 @ 2:49 pm

    I think I would like to try the Ravioli
    sweokgrl@gmail.com

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    Erika — May 14, 2012 @ 5:13 pm

    I’d love to try the rainbow three cheese tortellini.

    chambanachik@gmail.com

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    Kerry — May 15, 2012 @ 9:08 pm

    I would make baked spaghetti.

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    Kerry — May 15, 2012 @ 9:09 pm

    tweeted: https://twitter.com/#!/KerryBishop/status/202566284095918082

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    Debra F — May 17, 2012 @ 1:11 pm

    I think I would love the tortellini with their pesto sauce, so that would be the first thing I would make…honestly though, all of the products really look delicious!

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    Kelly Massman — May 17, 2012 @ 3:26 pm

    sounds yummy! I think i would make some type of yummy salad to go with the pasta and add a mild cream sauce to go with it. I don’t really use recipes any more…
    Thanks for a chance to win and have a great day!
    kmassmanATgmailDOTcom

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    MelissaO — May 19, 2012 @ 3:36 pm

    I;d make an olive oil, white wine sauce with veggies to go with the shrimp and lobster ravioli.

    wolverina401 at gmail dot com

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    Christy — May 20, 2012 @ 12:45 pm

    I’d make ravioli with peppers, sundried tomatoes, onions, and provolone cheese. I haven’t come up with a name for it but it’s popular at my house.

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    Elizabeth — May 21, 2012 @ 1:13 pm

    I would have to try the artichoke lemon pesto with the rainbow five cheese tortellini and then add some freshly cracked black pepper. YUM!

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    Tabathia B — May 21, 2012 @ 10:18 pm

    cheese ravioli
    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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    Tabathia B — May 21, 2012 @ 10:21 pm

    tweet
    https://twitter.com/#!/ChelleB36/status/204758781828145152
    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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    Claire — May 22, 2012 @ 12:27 am

    I think homemade pizza would be a wonderful way to use this product.

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    amy marantino — May 22, 2012 @ 7:17 am

    i would make pesto lasagna

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    amy marantino — May 22, 2012 @ 7:18 am

    tweet – https://twitter.com/#!/onitnaram/status/204893626193555456

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    Gina M Maddox — May 22, 2012 @ 10:52 am

    I would love to make a pasta salad that would be delicious as the weather gets warmer. Thanks for the chance to win!

    gina.m.maddox (at) gmail (dot) com

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    Gina M Maddox — May 22, 2012 @ 10:53 am

    TWEET-https://twitter.com/#!/CrazyItalian0/status/204948031441862656

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    Christina Tong — May 25, 2012 @ 3:44 am

    The Monterey Gourmet Foods Product sounds delicious and your recipe looked so yummy! I would love to make the Roasted Chicken & Mozzarella Ravioli and Basil with Almonds & Pine Nuts Pesto Sauce. Can’t wait to try them!

    ctong2[at]gmail[dot]com

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    Christina Tong — May 25, 2012 @ 3:47 am

    I tweeted about this giveaway: https://twitter.com/ctong2/status/205927710382497792

    ctong2[at]gmail[dot]com

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    Raine — May 25, 2012 @ 9:59 am

    I would make stuffed shells

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    meredith — May 25, 2012 @ 5:29 pm

    i would love to make the butter nut squash ravioli in an alfredo sauce!

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    meredith — May 25, 2012 @ 5:29 pm

    tweeted https://twitter.com/mermont84/status/206134570955968512

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    Betty C — May 26, 2012 @ 11:22 am

    My standby is alfredo sauce and I would use it with the Roasted Chicken & Mozzarella Ravioli.

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    Maria Cantu — May 26, 2012 @ 6:01 pm

    I would make some lasagna, my favorite.

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    LAMusing — May 26, 2012 @ 11:02 pm

    I’d make Lemon Pasta with Herbed Shicken

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    LAMusing — May 26, 2012 @ 11:06 pm

    https://twitter.com/LAMusing/status/206581725164347393

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    Norma — May 26, 2012 @ 11:08 pm

    Kidney Beans Italian (pasta, tomatoes, bacon, kidney beans and cheese – in a casserole)

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    Dee — May 27, 2012 @ 1:33 pm

    I would make a pesto pizza using their artichoke pesto! Yum :)

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    Dee — May 27, 2012 @ 1:34 pm

    tweeted http://twitter.com/DeeGee13/status/206800395203379204

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    Jammie — May 27, 2012 @ 4:11 pm

    I would make a baked fish with pesto sauce on it. sweepmorey at gmail dot com

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    Jammie — May 27, 2012 @ 4:12 pm

    tweeted https://twitter.com/mommysdizzy/status/206840259361767424

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    Stacy — May 28, 2012 @ 4:10 pm

    I’d like to try a pizza with the pesto sauce and some fresh tomatoes.

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    Stacy — May 28, 2012 @ 4:11 pm

    tweet
    https://twitter.com/ohstac/status/207202362597703680

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    angie lilly — May 29, 2012 @ 9:23 am

    I would love to try the Tomato, Basil & Mozzarella Ravioli lightly tossed in butter! mmmm!!

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    angie lilly — May 29, 2012 @ 9:24 am

    I tweeted here: https://twitter.com/MsTofuFairy/status/207461796729196544

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    Carmen — May 29, 2012 @ 10:26 pm

    I would love to try Butternut Squash Ravioli with a simple butter sauce.

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    Betty C — May 30, 2012 @ 12:24 pm

    Tweet – https://twitter.com/willitara/status/207870058855284736

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    ewhatley — May 30, 2012 @ 12:40 pm

    I would make Shrimp & North Atlantic Lobster Ravioli with Alfredo sauce.

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    Jessica F — May 30, 2012 @ 11:27 pm

    I’d make spinach ricotta ravioli! Yum!

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    Mari — May 31, 2012 @ 6:48 pm

    I’d make white pizza using Monterrey pesto sauce instead of marinara.

    runningmatey at hotmail dot com

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    Mari — May 31, 2012 @ 6:49 pm

    https://twitter.com/LuckyDuckyToo/status/208328959274917888

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    Christy Ann — May 31, 2012 @ 7:34 pm

    I’d make my own version of Chicken Piccata using their Artichoke Lemon Pesto!

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    Tamara — May 31, 2012 @ 9:15 pm

    This brand of pasta looks amazing! And from your pictures, it also looks like it really fills you up after eating. I’ve been looking for a good lasagna recipe, but I think I would like some of the Monterey Gourmet pasta and use it to make a lasagna casserole. Thanks for the chance to win!

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    Stacy Rennie — May 31, 2012 @ 9:46 pm

    I would make stuffed pepperoni bread with the marinara sauce.

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    Ann — May 31, 2012 @ 10:00 pm

    Ah, that looks SO good and what a genius idea to use it with polenta….mix it up girlfriend, I’m hungry!

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    Latoya — May 31, 2012 @ 10:20 pm

    I would make a grilled cheese with their Lemon Artichoke Pesto, fresh moz, and green tomato. Mmmmmm.

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    Lindsay Cremona — May 31, 2012 @ 10:24 pm

    looks great! can never get enough of pesto!!

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    Lindsay Cremona — May 31, 2012 @ 10:28 pm

    tweeted (err retweeted) about the giveaway :)
    https://twitter.com/#!/LindsayCremona

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    S. Nash — May 31, 2012 @ 10:40 pm

    I would love to win this. The sundried tomato pesto is my friend!

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    Shelby N. — May 31, 2012 @ 10:43 pm

    I would make this! Yumm!!

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    Shelby N. — May 31, 2012 @ 10:48 pm

    I tweeted!

    https://mobile.twitter.com/ShelbyJo85/tweets

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    Sarah in Miami — May 31, 2012 @ 11:01 pm

    caramelized onions are the stuff of dreams!

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    Tina b. — May 31, 2012 @ 11:04 pm

    Chicken pesto!

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    Heather G. — May 31, 2012 @ 11:50 pm

    I would make pesto, tomotato, mozzarella panini’s

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