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Bongiovi Pasta Sauce

We were given free merchandise in return for our honest feedback about this product.
I had an opportunity review this pasta sauce by the Bongiovi family.  We love pasta at our house and have it regularly.  We enjoy a variety of sauces and sometimes even eat it with just a splash of olive oil or grapeseed oil.  Yum.
For those who know us, we also love music in this house.  Bob has been in a band since he was 13 of some form or another and is to this day (check out his band's website at boulevardbluesband.com).  So when I saw the name Bongiovi, I was curious to see if there was a connection.  There was.
Baked penne pasta with roasted vegetables

The Bongiovi sauce is made by Jon Bon Jovi's dad.  Not his mom, but his dad, from a recipe that has been in the family for ages.  I love good sauces, and an Italian family has to make a good sauce, right?  It seems that Jon isn't the only one with talent in this family! This sauce is all natural, and I knew each ingredient on the list.  This sauce was simply delicious. 
The company provided us with three different sauces and for this meal we chose to use the Bongiovi Brand Garden Style Sauce.  The sauce is aromatic, seasoned well, and freshness leaps from the jar.  I tasted my first taste with a spoon, and thank goodness the pasta was for a family meal, because I tried it again and again.  Oh yum.  This sauce would be perfect for soft garlic bread sticks or dipping "pizza bones" into.  It's that good.
The sauce does lean toward the watery side, but for my application, a baked penne dish, it was perfect, as it helped cook the pasta while it baked and left the remaining sauce as a soft sauce, not sticky as some pasta sauces do in a baked pasta dish.  An added bonus is that there is no added sugar to the ingredients list.

The recipe I used features roasted veggies, which will become a go to dish this summer when the veggies start to roll in.  I used veggies easily found in the summer: red peppers, zucchini, mushrooms, onions and broccoli.  You will have to give it a try.
Bongiovi sauces are available at Super Targets and Kroger stores, but if your store doesn't carry it, ask for it.  This is the single best pasta sauce I have put on my family's table, and I buy ours mostly from The Hill (if you are from the St. Louis area, you understand the significance of this).  In the worst case scenario, you can order it online.

I also learned that some of the proceeds go to support the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation.  This foundation was created to help families when economic issues occur, such has hunger and homelessness.  Check out the website for more information.
In closing, we will be looking for this sauce at our local Kroger store or ordering if we need to.  Delicious sauce is a must for a family who loves our pasta. This one fits the bill.

Baked Pasta with Roasted Veggies featuring Bongiovi Pasta Sauce

by Terri Steffes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients (serves 6)
  • 2 red peppers, cored and rough chopped
  • 1 head of broccoli, chopped into medium sized flowerettes
  • 1 zucchini, sliced in half, cored, and chopped into chunks
  • 1 onion, chopped into chunks
  • 6 mushrooms, sliced into fourths
  • 1/4 c grapeseed oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1 t pepper, divided
  • 3T Italian seasoning
  • 8 oz penne pasta
  • 1/2 c shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 c grated parmesan cheese
  • 3 c Bongiovi pasta sauce
Preheat oven to 450.
Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a large bowl toss veggies with grapeseed oil, 1/2 t salt, 1/2 t pepper and Italian seasonings. Pour onto baking sheet and roast until tender, about 15 minutes. Remove from oven, set aside.
Reduce oven temperature to 350. Spray a 9 by 13 inch pan with spray shortening.
Once veggies go in, cook pasta in salted water for 6 minutes. Pasta will be a little hard, which is perfect, as it will cook the rest of the way in the oven. Drain well.
In a large bowl, toss the pasta with the roasted veggies, the rest of the salt and pepper, and the mozzarella cheese and the sauce. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan. Top with the grated parmesan. Bake for 25 minutes.
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