Building off the enormous popularity of his "Searching For Italy" series on CNN, actor Stanley Tucci is getting into the meal kit business.
Food & Wine reports that Tucci, in collaboration with S.Pellegrino, "is dropping a recipe kit that features one of his favorite pasta dishes of all time – gnochetti con salsiccia e broccolini. Available for purchase starting November 7, each recipe kit includes products sourced from Italy and fresh, seasonal ingredients, including gnochetti sardi (a small Sardinian dry pasta), crumbled salsiccia, fresh broccolini and fennel, Pecorino Romano and extra virgin olive oil. Of course, there's also a bottle of S.Pellegrino."
Tucci is a celebrity endorser of S.Pellegrino.
The story says that "each four-serving 'Taste of Tucci' recipe kit is available from World Chef for $120, plus shipping, and it includes instructions and all the ingredients needed."
According to the story, "The actor ate the classic Southern Italian pasta dish growing up, though 'there are so many different iterations of it,' he explained. 'It’s a really nice thing visually. I love to look at the broccolini and the sausage all together. There’s something so satisfying about it, then grating the cheese on it. It’s really rustic, but it’s celebratory'."
Tucci goes on:
I love this recipe. It’s kind of a classic Italian dish. It’s quick to make, it’s inexpensive, and if you’re a vegetarian, you can leave out the sausage. It’s really rustic, but it’s celebratory."
- KC's View:
Well, it may be inexpensive, but at $120 for four servings, this iteration kind of stretches the definition of that word. A bit. (I am an enormous Tucci fan, but it is important to point out that $120 for a meal-for-four isn't inexpensive for most people.)
BTW…I found this recipe online in about 12 seconds. There are lots of versions available, but this one strikes me as similar and yet a lot less expensive.