Wolfgang Puck Cooking Sauces

 
Wolfgang Puck Pasta Sauce Cook Off: Creamy Vodka
Versus Four Cheese
 
 
 
 
 

I have a new personal chef and his name is Wolfgang Puck.  He recently came into my home and prepared dinner for me and my family.  OK, no not really…but almost.  His pasta sauces make weeknight gourmet dinners effortless.  

The first thing I noticed about both of the sauces we tried is the ingredient list. I consider myself to be somewhat of an ingredient snob, turning my nose up at anything that’s not “real food.”  I was happy to know these sauces all pass my test with fresh “real food” ingredients.  

Second, I popped the top and sampled the sauces and noticed how full of subtle flavor they are.  I decided to use the sauces as they are and refrained from my usual need to “doctor them up.”  Third, I was most happy with how quick and easy they make dinner prep and clean up, enabling a busy chef to have dinner on the table in 20 minutes.  Overall, both sauces make for an enjoyable dinner.  However, between the two, my family had a clear favorite.  

First Up!

Wolfgang Puck’s Creamy Vodka Sauce with Chicken and Pasta

Here’s the recipe my family used to try this sauce:

•    4 boneless skinless chicken breast

•    4 garlic cloves, minced

•    2 tablespoons olive oil

•    Salt and pepper to taste

•    16oz pasta, cooked according to

      package directions (I used Penne)

•    1 Jar Wolfgang Puck’s Creamy

      Vodka Sauce

•    Fresh basil and parmesan

      cheese for garnish

First, combine the minced garlic with the olive oil and brush onto the chicken.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.  Broil in the oven on high 6-8 minutes.  Turn the chicken over and broil on high an additional 6-8 minutes or until juices run clear.  Slice the chicken and set aside.  Meanwhile, cook the pasta and drain.  Top the pasta with the creamy vodka sauce and pour into a casserole dish.  Top the pasta and sauce mixture with chicken, fresh parmesan and basil.  Serve warm.

 

 

This dish was a hit with my family, but pasta usually is.  My kids did enjoy this one more than the adults.  The flavors are subtle, which for adults bordered on bland.  Tomatoes dominate the flavors in this sauce, which I enjoyed. 

The color of this sauce is more of a light orange, which is normal for vodka sauce, but is visually unappealing and we all felt it was a bit watery and did not cling to the pasta as well as we would have liked.   In general, it was edible but would not win over our loyalty when choosing pasta sauce at the grocery store.

Taste  3
Ease of Use/Serving
 5
Nutritional Value  5
Easy to Use/Prepare
 5
Visual Appeal
 3
I Would PurchaseThis Product
 no
Overall Rating
 3

All ratings on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being

the highest.

Next Up!  

Wolfgang Puck’s Four Cheese Sauce over Spiral Pasta

We used the Four Cheese sauce as a base for a traditional meat sauce over spiral pasta.  To try this one you’ll need:

•    1-2 pounds ground chuck

•    1 small onion, diced

•    1 tablespoon olive oil

•    1 clove minced garlic

•    Salt and pepper to taste

•    1 Jar Wolfgang Puck’s Four Cheese

      Pasta Sauce

•    1 package spiral pasta, cooked

      according to package directions

•    Fresh basil and freshly grated parmesan

      for garnish

In a large saucepan, cook the diced onion and garlic in olive oil until translucent.  Add the ground chuck, season with salt and pepper, and brown.  Once the meat has cooked throughout, add the jar of four cheese pasta sauce.  Meanwhile, cook the pasta and drain.  Place pasta in a large serving dish, top with meat sauce and garnish with fresh basil and parmesan.  Serve warm.

 

 

This sauce definitely won my family over.  It was a hit with adults and kids alike.  The bright red tomato flavors are more robust and visually appealing.  This creamy sauce with flavors of asiago and mascarpone also holds up well over the pasta. Plates were licked clean, literally.  This sauce is one that will make its way into my shopping cart and menu rotation again.

 

Taste  5
Ease of Use/Serving
 5
Nutritional Value  5
Easy to Use/Prepare
 5
Visual Appeal
 5
I Would PurchaseThis Product
yes
Overall Rating
 5

All ratings on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being

the highest.

When comparing Wolfgang Puck’s Creamy Vodka Sauce with Four Cheese, my family prefers the Four Cheese.  There are still two additional sauces made by Wolfgang Puck that we will be trying next, the Tomato Basil and Arrabbiata.  We’re excited about trying some seafood and pizza recipes with these two! 

If you are interested in trying some of these sauces, you will be able to find them at your local grocery store. In the DC-area, the following stores carry Wolfgang Puck products: Giant, Wal-Mart, Acme, Safeway, Giant Farms, Farm Fresh and Kroger.  The sauces retail for a suggested price of $2.79 each.  

  

 

Meet The Reviewer!

 

Leah Eiden is a former Interior Designer turned stay-at-home mom.  She enjoys volunteering in the classrooms of her two children, ages 10 and 6.  In her free time, she enjoys contributing to her blog Lizardraerambles.blogspot.com and teaches art and science classes to children at local recreational centers.  


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