Chef Giovanni Rana
Rana - Pasta Made with Passion
I have mentioned many a time that I am "pasta making challenged", so buying pasta products at the supermarket is a given for me. It's what I do with it that makes the total difference where someone cannot tell if it's homemade, or from the store. So it was no wonder that, having a "Buy One, Get One Free" coupon for Rana Fresh Pasta found me at the store buying two bags of ravioli to try out. "How was it?", you might ask. The next time I was at the store, I purchased several more bags of different varieties (ravioli and tortelloni); yeah, it's that good!
Now I'm not one to buy sauces though; I make my own killer ones, so I cannot tell you about Rana's pasta sauces that are sold next to the pasta products. I'm thinking though, if the pasta is that good, perhaps the sauces are as well? Maybe, just maybe, if I get another of those "buy one, get one free" coupons, I might break down and try the sauces out.
Why do we like this pasta? First off, it cooks more quickly than other brands, within three minutes of adding it to boiling water. The texture is outstanding; the pasta itself is thin, light and feels good in the mouth; but it holds up in the boiling water and doesn't split apart. Fillings are exceptional; a good sized portion in the ravioli or tortelloni without taking it to the point of busting. Packed with flavor, and the cheeses are so smooth and, shall I say it again, a feel good experience in the mouth. The pasta also holds onto the sauce well; add a good, grated Pecorino Romano cheese for the perfect touch.
We've become big fans of this product, and we'd much rather buy Rana, than other brands we've tried. By the way, it can be frozen and the cooking time only increases by two minutes, so five minutes until a happy Italian meal...not bad!