Meals Are Even Better With Progresso Recipe Starters

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The other night during dinner my husband informed me he wasn’t a huge fan of minestrone soup.  I’m pretty sure I shot him a death stare.  Especially since I had just made the soup for dinner.  As I was getting ready to tell him what I really thought of his comment (because its never wise to upset the cook), he redeemed himself by saying he wasn’t a huge fan of minestrone soup until that night.  My glare instantly turned into a smirk and let him in on my secret: meals are even better with Progresso Recipe Starters.

On the nights where I don’t have the time or ingredients to make my sauces from scratch, I go to my pantry and pull out a can of recipe starters.  Progresso Recipe Starters come in 5 great flavors that can help any cook’s food taste better!

  • Creamy Parmesan Basil: This creamy, full-bodied and indulgent sauce that was inspired by alfredo and creamy pesto sauces can be used to make dishes such as Crispy Garlic-Parmesan Chicken, Creamy Chicken Alfredo, Basil Chicken Ravioli Carbonara and Basil Chicken Thai Noodle
  • Creamy Roasted Garlic with Chicken Stock: With caramelized, roasted chicken broth, garlic and a touch of cream, this stock is perfect for dishes such as Creamy Lemon Chicken, Chicken Pot Pie and Chicken Enchiladas
  • Fire Roasted Tomato (my personal favorite): A medium-thick tomato sauce, accompanied by flavors of roasted, caramelized tomatoes, oregano and bell peppers, which can be used as a great way to begin creating Pulled Chicken Sandwiches, Easy Weeknight Chicken Parmesan, Cheese-stuffed Mini Meatloaves.
  • Creamy Portabella Mushroom: Creamy and highly indulgent, this smooth sauce is rich with sautéed Portabella mushrooms,  giving you any easy way to start delicious dishes like Easy Weeknight Beef Stroganoff, Steak and Mushroom Sandwich and Tetrazzini
  • Creamy Three Cheese: Rich and creamy with a blend of yellow and white cheeses, and a savory background of chicken stock, onion, garlic and cracked pepper, this is a great way to satisfy cheese lovers with Easy Weeknight Bacon Mac & Cheese, Twice-Baked Potato Pizza and Cheesy Egg Breakfast Tacos
My minestrone soup has always been good but now it’s even better substituting my usual can of diced tomatoes and tomato sauce with the Fire Roasted Tomato recipe starter.  All those ingredients roasted together adds an extra depth of flavor that takes any meal to the next level.  Though I’d love to make my own slow-roasted sauce, I just don’t have the time between juggling my day job, my family, graduate school and of course, this blog!   Progresso Recipe Starters don’t take the place of your meals, they enhance them!

East9thStreet has partnered with Progresso and will be giving one lucky reader their very own Recipe Starters Gift Pack which includes:

  • Two cans of Progresso Recipe Starters
  • $10 Gift Card to purchase your recipe ingredients
  • Progresso Recipe Starters recipe book, including 5 recipes to get you started
  • Baking dish
  • Measuring Cups
  • Sauce Scraper
Be sure to check back for the official entry form and until then, go ahead and “like” Progresso on Facebook to keep up with all the lastest information and promotions.

 Disclosure:  The information, products and ProgressoTM Recipe StartersTM gift packs were provided by Progresso through MyBlogSpark. Regardless opinions are 100% mine and yours may differ.

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  1. Thank you for the information. I’ll be back to enter

  2. WOW! Your minestrone soup looks delicious! I will have to try out your recipe soon, it’s starting to be “Soup Season” here! Also lovin’ those prizes!

  3. I love Progresso especially now that the weather is cooling down!

  4. I love the flavors of the recipe starters. They sound yummy!


  5. Thanks for all the information! Sounds delicious!

  6. I love minestrone soup! I’ll go check out the Facebook page

  7. MMMM I can already taste the progresso Portabello! Yum!

  8. My husband loves minestrone…….it’s his absolute favorite!

  9. I’ve made a few of these and love them. Did not even fess up when my husband asked if it was homemade. I told him of course it’s homemade :)

  10. So need this – I am always at a loss when it’s time to start

  11. The mushroom sound wonderful. I’ll be back to enter!

  12. Jenna M wood says:

    We are in love with their mushroom starter, it makes mealtime so easy!

  13. i have never tried the starters but i love their soups!!

  14. Don’t get me wrong, I love to cook, but these sound like easy ways to make meals quick. I bet they’d also take ordinary crock pot dishes to the next level. I will certainly be picking a couple of these up… I’d never heard of them before!!

  15. Hannah Avery says:

    Your minestrone looks absolutely delicious!

  16. Diane Sallans says:

    Wonderful idea for getting great flavors in my soups.

  17. Lauren Guilbeau says:

    These look so good! hopefully pretty easy too

  18. That Creamy Roasted Garlic would definitely have a spot in my pantry

  19. Georgette says:

    I love Progresso soup normally(vegetable, italian wedding, and split pea are faves). I like that there are ways to put more flavor into soups.

  20. PinkyPlatz says:

    I’ve got to try the Creamy Parmesan Basil. I love Progresso; they are so hearty. Thanks for the info!

  21. krista grandstaff says:

    I’ve used the creamy roasted garlic but now you have me wanting to grab the others as well :) Sounds delicious!

  22. Mary Mirvis says:

    When it starts getting cold I’ll be experimenting with new soup recipes. This could help!

  23. Stephanie Fulk says:

    Anything that makes dinner quicker and still delicious is a must try for me!

  24. Thanks for sharing such an awesome healthy product with us!

  25. These look yummy–and really easy, too!

  26. I guess I haven’t seen these before but now that I know about them I will be looking. I think that my whole family will enjoy them.

  27. Jenny Stanek says:

    Those all sound completely delicious!! I also am crazy busy with 3 little ones and I tend to resort to quick easy food, but it’s not always the healthiest or tastiest!

  28. the Fire Roasted Tomato sounds delicious. hope this gets more people cooking healthier foods and less eating out.

  29. Marti Parks says:

    I can’t wait to try the creamy three cheese.

  30. I’m glad to know you like the Fire Roasted Tomato, because I bought that one, but have not tried it yet.

  31. That looks so delicious!

  32. Margie Kairis says:

    I love the progresso recipe starter Creamy Three Cheese. I use it to make mac and cheese all the time because I can’t stand easy mac–the creamy three cheese sauce makes mac and cheese that is creamy and rich like it should be, almost as good as the homemade mac and cheese my aunt made

  33. i am a loyal buyer of progresso soups. im glad to see that they are offering more varieties of products!! ill definately try these!!

    :) thanks :)

  34. Interesting that the creamy Parmesan Basil can be used for a Thia recipe. hmm.

  35. The Creamy Roasted Garlic with Chicken Stock:is right up my alley – I love adding garlic to my meals.

  36. This would be great! We have trouble deciding what to eat and we sometimes want it to be quick and easy. Cool giveaway!

  37. Caitlin McClure

    I need to try the Fire Roasted Tomato

  38. Trisha McKee says:

    These make it so much easier to get creative!

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