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Feb 22, 2010 11:25 AM

Sainsbury's Asparagus Sauce? What's in it?

I came across a Delia Smith recipe for cannelloni with asparagus spears. It also calls for a pre-made "asparagus sauce" from Sainsbury's. Since we have none of these stores in Chicago, I will have to make my own. Problem being I haven't got a clue what kind of a sauce it is. Does anyone out there in cyberspace know?

I suppose I could just make a cheesy bechamel or some such thing if necessary???

Thanks for any help you can offer.

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  1. Delia's 'how to cheat" series was panned by many food lovers in the UK as she created recipes using ready made supermarket foods. Often replacing simple fresh ingredients with expensive packaged alternatives. This was very much at odds to her image as the person who taught a generation of British cooks to cook good fresh food.

    I haven't had the Sainsbury's version which I think is a pre-prepared pasta sauce. Instead I would suggest making an asparagus velouté which goes well with pasta.

    A good one is the Gordon Ramsay recipe: fry a shallot with the stalks of 300g of asparagus (use the blanched tips for a garnish) until soft, add a handful of baby spinach leaves and some tarragon. Cook and then add some fish stock (300ml). Simmer for 10 mins, then blend and rub through a sieve. Reheat with a couple of tablespoons of double cream. You should get a thick, luxurious sauce.

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    1. re: PhilD

      Thanks so much. I must confess that it irritates me somewhat when a recipe has some pre-packaged, mass-manufactured item listed. I had been searching for some new vegetarian recipes for my daughter and I liked the idea of asparagus stalks wrapped in pasta. Just not sure about the sauce. You've been a great help.

    2. I would use any good cream of asparagus soup. I think Knorr also makes a packet version.