Blogging has its perks, beyond helping you lose weight.
One of the best is the opportunity to try products, like this luxurious Laudemio Italian Extra Virgin Olive Oil, in exchange for an honest review.
While I am a big olive oil user both for it’s taste and health advantages, there’s no denying that $38 dollar olive oil is a splurge. Not for everyone. And certainly not for everyday cooking.
When used as intended: for drizzling over salads, soups, grilled or steamed vegetables, beans, good bread or simple pastas, a single bottle can last for months, making it a delicious investment worth considering.
Have you ever taken the time to really taste olive oil?
I was first introduced to the varying flavors of olive oil years ago on a Vermont cooking vacation hosted by Deborah Krasner, author of The Flavors of Olive Oil: A Tasting Guide and Cookbook.
One of the week’s several cooking-related excursions was to a fancy food purveyor where we were taught the “proper way” to taste olive oil and sampled several high-quality ones.
Tasting olive “correctly” involves pouring the oil into a small glass, warming it by cupping it in your hands and swirling it around to bring out the fragrance. Then you sniff it and sip a small amount while taking in some air. These oils can be very intense when tasted this way, so don’t be surprised if you find yourself coughing and/or teary-eyed. I did!
(Here’s more from The Kitchn on How to Taste Olive Oil.)
The experience gave me a whole new appreciation for just how much the flavor of olive oil varies from region to region. Much like wine.
As Deborah’s book explains, Tuscan extra virgin olive oil has the most distinctive taste, followed by oils from Apulia (Italy), Greece, and Provence (France).
So, imagine my delight when contacted by the folks at Laudemio Italian Extra Virgin Olive Oil, to see if I was interested in a sample 🙂
Produced by a consortium of 30 top quality producers in the heart of Tuscany, Laudemio is produced from early harvested Tuscan varieties of Frantoio, Moraiolo and Leccino olives grown and pressed on specially selected soils in the Chianti zone.
The Laudemio Consortium holds each of it members to strict standards from how the olive tree’s are planted, to how the fruit is harvested, and finally to how the oil is extracted from the fruit. These strict standards assure that the oil produced is of the highest quality and carries true essence of the olive fruit.
Here’s a description from “the experts:” Clear and intensely green, fruity, full, well-rounded and spicy, this dark olive- green has subtle floral and mineral aromas, and it is full-bodied and peppery, with a very fresh and lively after taste.
You’ll find many more reviews of Laudemio Italian Extra Virgin Olive Oil, on Amazon highly praising it’s virtues:
I’ve been buying this beautiful olive oil for years since we first tasted it in Bologna, Italy. An outstanding finishing oil, perfect for salads. Beautiful color, light grassy flavor. It’s tasty enough to sip by itself.
I’ve ordered several bottles of this. It is my go to for salad dressings and recipes that call for good quality olive oil. I also enjoy giving it as a gift to friends and family who love to cook and appreciate fine quality.
This oil is excellent quality. Love it on fresh pasta or a simple caprese salad. First tried this on a trip to Italy and brought some home. Was happy to find it on Amazon. The price of the two pack made it even better!!
Since receiving my lovely bottle several weeks ago, I’ve used it to make some of my favorite things:
tomato, mozzarella, basil salad…
and this delightful pasta with broccoli and capers…
Skinny on Pasta with Broccoli and Capers
This fast little pasta with broccoli and capers is perfect for busy nights. Not to mention, extremely satisfying.
Since the ingredients are so basic and preparation so simple, using really good pasta, olive oil, and Parmesan will make a big difference to its overall tastiness. So go ahead and splurge on the good stuff.
According to my calculations each serving has 307 calories, 8 PointsPlus and 11 SmartPoints.
One of the reasons I love Weight Watchers so much is that I never have to sacrifice the foods I like best – like the occasional small bowl of pasta – while staying happy, healthy and slim. It certainly works for the Italians, some of the longest living people on the planet. Enjoy!
- 2 garlic gloves peeled
- Salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
- ⅓ cup extra virgin olive oil
- ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
- ¼ cup capers, rinsed
- 1-1/2 pounds broccoli
- 1 pound short pasta (ziti, fusilli, conchiglie, gnocchi, etc)
- Freshly grated Parmesan or more to taste
- Mince or mash the garlic with ½ teaspoon salt until smooth and then put it in a large bowl with the olive oil, red pepper flakes and capers. Peel the broccoli stems. Cut the broccoli florets and stems into small bite-size pieces.
- Bring a large pot of water to a boil. When it boils and a good amount of salt. Add the broccoli and cook, uncovered, until tender 4 to 5 minutes. Scoop out the broccoli with a strainer and shake off the excess water, then add it to the bowl with the garlic and olive oil. Toss the mixture gently to combine.
- Cook the pasta just until al center, then drain it and add it to the broccoli. Toss well. Season with plenty of freshly grated pepper. And toss with the cheese.
Variations: Good with the addition of slivered sound-dried tomatoes, diced roasted red peppers, and/or pitted black olives.
*PointsPlus® and SmartPoints® calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc. All recipe ingredients except optional items included in determining nutritional estimates. SmartPoints® values calculated WITHOUT Weight Watchers Zero Points fruits and vegetables using the WW Recipe Builder.
This oil is definitely one I would by again as a special gift or when I’m feeling self-indulgent.
Disclaimer: I received a bottle of this olive oil in exchange for a review. No other compensation was received.
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