When it comes to Sunday dinner, Ashley McCrary-Mac – known to her 320,000 TikTok followers as @healthylittlepeach – has some non-negotiables. First, it must be delicious. Then the recipe should be great and memorable without the need for hours in the kitchen. And finally and perhaps most importantly, the dish must be something that your whole family – children included – will eat without protest.
Enter: DIY pasta leaves. This Italian Sunday night favorite ups the ante with Bertolli® d’Italia sauces – they’re made in Italy and equal quality and taste. McCrary-Mac combines three of her family’s favorite Bertolli® d’Italia sauces – Alfredo, Cacio e Pepe and Marinara in particular – with a variety of toppings and side dishes for everyone to have the traditional meal of their dreams , no work required.
Here’s how to recreate this delicious dinner idea yourself.
1. Choose Bertolli® d’Italia Sauces.
Whether you’re a red sauce girl through and through or prefer to stick with the rich, the glamorous, there are six Bertolli® d’Italia sauces to choose from (or alternatively, you can sample them all – go to him, I hear). And since these sauces are made in Italy, authentic and delicious, you really can’t go wrong no matter what you choose.
Take yourself to Italy with Creamy Rosa, made with Ricotta and Grana Padano PDO Cheese. For a gourmet-style taste, try the Cacio e Pepe, which features sour cream, Pecorino Romano PDO cheese, and black pepper. And when in doubt, buy classic d’Italia Marinara made with tomatoes ripened under the Italian sun, Greek olive oil, herbs and garlic. Hmm!
2. Choose your toppings.
This is where you can really get creative and let your taste buds shine. Cheese is a must – set options such as shaved Parmesan and Pecorino Romano, and blue cheese crumbs and feta cheese for those who like to live dangerously.
Now comes the meat – chicken breast and minced beef and veal are not too heavy (which you probably already have in the fridge), but pork, pork and veggie meat will also be a delicious addition.
Any vegetable will work here – from chopped tomatoes, steamed broccoli, frozen beans and roasted red peppers, to seasonal zucchini, fresh corn and zucchini.
Don’t forget the fresh herbs! Basil and parsley go well with any flavor, but thyme, rosemary, and sage will also be a nice addition to your selection.
3. Collect and enjoy!
The good thing about a pasta bar is that everyone can get exactly what they want without making the host feel like cooking at lunchtime. Kids will love the freedom to choose what suits them best, and adults can get creative, whether they upgrade their regular pasta recipe or rely on something traditional.
Enjoy your meal!