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Cooking with Clara Ole

Posted by on November 4, 2011

Last Christmas, I received a bag of Clara Ole Pasta Sauces as a gift. I love food gifts! I kitchen-tested them right away, and have been buying the pasta sauces from the supermarket and even recommending them to friends and other family members ever since.

The first one I tried was the Kung Pao pasta sauce, just because I’ve always been enamored with the oriental pasta dish from Yellow Cab Pizza called Charlie Chan Pasta. I simply stir-fried chicken strips in a little oil, added sliced shiitake mushrooms, poured the sauce straight from its packet into the pan and… voila! Homestyle oriental pasta with a sweet-salty-spicy goodness! Y-u-m-m-y!

The Chunky Tomato with Three-Cheese sauce is also very good. I actually wanted to toss it with Lucban longganisa but I didn’t have some at home, so I just topped the penne pasta with Mediterranean Herb Pork Steak from Monterey Meatshop, and the combination worked wonderfully! The chunks of grilled pork steak enhanced the mild flavor of the tomato sauce and I loved how it turned out.

If you’re into oil-based sauces, there’s a Clara Ole Cheesy Pesto Sauce for you. Instead of mixing the usual tuna flakes for added flavor, I used gourmet tuyo (dried salinas fish) in canola oil that I bought from Becky’s Kitchen. The tuyo provided an irresistible flavor contrast to the pesto, making it another kitchen experiment success story!

I really can’t say which one is my favorite experiment because they’re all very good, but I’m excited to whip up more pasta creations with a lot of help from Clara Ole!

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6 Responses to Cooking with Clara Ole

  1. u8mypinkcookies

    i love Clara Ole’s kung pao sauce too 😀 gotta try the other two, i bet they’re as yummy

  2. Stef

    Hi Joy!
    What a nice review of my fave pasta sauce, hehe! I so love the photos and the pasta presentation. I suddenly craved for Cheesy Pesto, yum!

  3. Madz

    I love their Pesto sauce the most. It’s my fail-safe option when I want to cook a yummy pasta dish. 2nd favorite would be their Tomato with Basil sauce. I did not like the Tomato w/ 3 cheese that much, I really can’t explain why. 😛

  4. Mirage

    Oh, I love pre-packed goodness! I use a different brand for the kung pao since we don’t have Clara Ole but I did try theirs last time we were home. I also like those pasta primavera, marinara from 10 years ago – haha nostalgic and I can’t remember what the brand is…

  5. Joy

    thanks for dropping by, ladies! it’s only recently that i started being adventurous with pasta. 🙂

    madz, i have tried the chunky tomato with basil — first with shrimp, then with hungarian sausage — but i didn’t like it as much as the one with three-cheese. i can’t explain why either. 🙂

  6. aimee

    You gave me new ideas joy for pasta dishes..you know how I love pastas 😀 I will try them one of these days 🙂

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