Mezzetta Pasta Sauce Giveaway, 2 Winners!

Good Saturday everyone!

I have thoroughly been enjoying the new line of Mezzetta Napa Valley Bistro Pasta Sauces. I’m telling you they are the closest thing to a homemade tasting sauce that I’ve tried. I used this sauce to make my latest soup and just made an awesome recipe with it last night that I’ll be sharing soon.

The folks at Mezzetta are offering 2 lucky Picky Palate readers 2 jars each of their new line of sauces. They retail for $5.99 each.

“We want Napa Valley Bistro products to bring the experience of dining in a NapaValley restaurant right to your own table,” explains Jeff Mezzetta.

The Marinara Collection — four pasta sauces based on Italian imported plum tomatoes — were created to satisfy consumer demand for elegantly simple sauces which let the flavor of the tomatoes shine through. The Marinara Collection is an elegant complement to the original “Classic Combinations,” that features robust flavors in traditional combinations made with California plum tomatoes. Both lines are made with NapaValley wine. Serving suggestions on each jar suggest different ways to use each sauce beyond pouring on pasta.

Here’s how to enter: Leave a comment and tell us about one of your favorite recipes that includes pasta sauce. You don’t have to write the recipe here, just tell us about it, I’d love to hear it! Tough choice for me, but I’m going with a classic cheesy lasagna with a nice red sauce. That’s hard to beat!

Contest ends Sunday night, Midnight PST. I’ll pick the 2 winners randomly and post them first thing Monday morning!


Good Luck everyone, see you all Monday Morning with the winners!

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203 Responses
  1. Man, my grandmomma was from Sicily and she made the most delicious meatballs I ever tasted, like you wouldnt believe. Sadly, she died last year and she didnt leave a single recipe for us so I’ve been trying to work it out on my own… slowly working my through the meatball recipe here, I still cant figure out what her secret ingredient was though!!!

  2. Taya

    Sauce on everything!!!!! Definitly a sauce girl for sure! My all time fav is lasagna though and still ask Mom to make it every birthday!

  3. The Fife Family

    My very own pasta bake is my favorite: it has mushrooms, bell peppers, pepperoni and mozz. cheese in it. Yumm stuff!

  4. Erica

    I agree about the lasagna, but I’d have to add the simple classic–a great baguette with marinara as dipping sauce. Mmmm!

  5. Grandpas Cook

    Spicy Italian Sausage or meatballs simmered in sauce. Place sausage or meatballs and some sauce on sliced italian bread, top with parmesan and yum. A good thick slice of fried eggplant instead of the sausage is especially delicious.

  6. Melissa

    My choice, hands down, is LASAGNA!!! I like to make it with hot turkey italian sausage and ground turkey meat. YUM!!!

  7. Millie

    I’m a vegan but I love pasta. I love to make my corkscrew pasta with a great spaghetti sauce filled with parmessan and monzrella cheese with lots of red peppers and lots of fresh rosemary and basil. Of course I use meatless vegan hamburger meat and vegan cheeses but I’m telling you it is out of this world. Especially when it is served with homemade garlic bread filled with vegan butter. To die for!

  8. Elle

    My favorite is angel hair topped with sauteed zucchini, sweet onions and lots of fresh garlic and a dollop of sweet tomato basil sauce and a little bit of parmesan cheese. Mmmm!

  9. Hessenthalers

    My mother in law’s chicken parmesan. The best part is that my husband almost has her recipe down pat!!!

  10. whittle sticks

    I love any Italian food, well almost any food with Spaghetti sauce. In college my roomates and I would eat a healthy snack that we called “bean juices” just green beans with tons of good tomato sauce. Sounds strange, but try it.

  11. dctm

    My family’s favorite is baked ziti which includes pasta sauce, meat and lots of different cheeses

    dctm at bellsouth dot net

  12. Banner Fam

    My husband loves my meatball hoagie- succulent bite-sized meatballs stiffed into a warm, crusty roll, topped with marinara sauce and a thick slices of provolone and mozarella cheese. The whole sandwich is then broiled until the cheese is bubbly and gooey.

  13. momofthree

    Baked spaghetti is one of my favorites! Nothing is more comforting on a rainy night than a nice warm piece of baked spaghetti. I also like to to use it as a dipping sauce for homemade fried cheese sticks (my kids favorite).

  14. Pat

    I once won a trip to Italy in a local contest using pasta sauce. I fried Italian sausage, rolled them in flattened bread slices and baked them, smothered them in sauteed onions, peppers and sauce, sprinkled with grated cheese and won the fabulous trip!

  15. David and Joelle Turner's Blog

    Hmm, chicken parmesean probably! But I love most things italian!! Those sauces look wonderful!`

  16. Michelle Dargen

    I love to make baked ziti with sausage. I serve it with a small dollop of sour cream on top. Mmmm, so good!

  17. Kim

    Chicken Parm — love the crunch of breading with the tang of sauce. Son Big T also likes baked ziti with lots of sauce and melty cheese. This sauce looks yummy!

  18. Pam

    cream chesse, spices, parm. cheese and spinach rolled in a chicken breast, breaded and baked. top with parm. cheese, and spaghetti sauce.

  19. danny & shante

    There’s nothing better than our families annual Spaghetti night each week. I love when we add fresh squash and zuchinni to it. Yum!

  20. Christi

    Chicken Parmesan or Italian sausage and spinach lasagna are great, but my comfort food is just noodles and pasta sauce! It’s sure to cure a yucky day for me!

  21. Mark & Lorri

    Chicken Parmesan breaded with panko crumbs or basic spaghetti because my kids love simple. But you need to use a good quality hamburger.

  22. Tiffanyrose

    My favorite is Kid pleasing spaghetti. It is a casserole dish that uses a creamy cheese mixture in the layers. YUMMY!

  23. burpandslurp

    I love stir-frying different mix of grains with pasta sauce and veggies, then topped of with cheese! lots of cheese!

  24. Joylybean

    I am always up for a fresh pan of lasagna with yummy tomato sauce, but I also really love a fresh alfredo sauce over penne pasta with chicken & spinach. Mmmmm….

  25. Suzanne

    My kids love red pasta sauce mixed with Alfredo,then add meatballs and cheese for meatball sandwiches!

  26. Young Family

    This sound good! My favorite, super easy recipe is Mac and Cheese Lasagna. Just layer up mac and cheese (that you mix up), spaghetti sauce, ground beef or turkey, and cheese. Bake and serve. So yummy and so easy!

  27. Katrina

    My favorite is also lasagna, but I make mine chock full of lots of veggies with just a little ground beef or turkey in a yummy sauce. It’s really all about the cheese and the SAUCE! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  28. The Castillo's

    I agree with the lasagna… I just made some a few nights ago. I’m sure my lasagna would taste even better with this giveaway! ๐Ÿ™‚

  29. Allie

    ummm…just spaghetti noodles with pasta sauce? Yeah, I’m THAT creative. I’ve never used pasta sauce in a recipe before.

  30. Natasha

    One of my favorite dishes using pasta sauce is called spaghetti pie. It has spaghetti, an egg, parmesan cheese, mozzarella cheese and pasta sauce and it’s baked in the oven. So good with breadsticks!

  31. Sarah

    My favorite kinds of pasta usually are sauce-less to be quite honest (penne, salmon, spinach, and smoked mozarella!) but I do love anything with sausage and vodka sauce.

  32. Sheron

    veggie lasagna with fresh mushrooms, broccoli and tri-colored peppers – ricotta and a fresh marinara – yum and healthy!

  33. Jillyboo

    stuffed pasta shells are my favorite. Lots of cheeses and loaded with a terrific pasta sauce… yummy!!!

  34. Gwen

    I love making chicken parmesan with marinara. I also find it handy to have some marinara on hand for a quick spaghetti dinner when I’m short on time.

  35. Meg

    My Grandfathers homemade baked ziti with sausage and fresh mozzarella and parm will get me to his house for dinner any night of the week! My husbands favorite is make your own calzone night ๐Ÿ™‚ Yum!

  36. Anonymous

    My mom found a great recipe called Lazy Lasagna. You can prepare it ahead of time without cooking the pasta. Stick it in the freezer to have another day or in the oven for that day and it comes out yummy. The key is the pasta sauce – lots of it. Yummy!

    – Annie Pro

  37. Angela A

    I love spaghetti sauce, I will dip pizza into it, regular old bread, anything really. Stuffed shells with marinara sauce is a favorite too.
    Thanks for the contest,
    Angela A.

  38. cpullum

    I love pasta sauce on everything but love making Gulash with it! I use it even for dipping! Spread on a steak! Love it!

  39. mmclarkfam

    My fav is spaghetti and spinach ravioli is a close 2nd. (My hubby would always choose the lasagna though!)

  40. Michelle

    There are so many things we like with pasta sauce. Mainly Chicken Parmesan, but we also love baked ziti. I also like to bake sliced zucchini with pasta sauce and cheese. Nom!

  41. Valerie

    dI have to say, I just made your soup recipe with the Mezzta Pasta Sauce, and it is now my favorite!! Love it! Thanks for the tip on the sauce as well.

  42. The Inexperienced Foodie

    I have recently become obsessed with chorizo and I make a wonderful pasta dish with peppers,onions and olives.
    It’s spicy and sweet the chorizo gives the dish such great flavor!

  43. katie m

    I have a great recipe for a quick ravioli-lasagna that uses pasta sauce. Ravioli, pasta sauce, mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses make a delicious dish!

  44. Andrea and Casey

    Lasagna is a popular choice- that was the first thing I thought of. But then I thought of my stuffed shells recipe with a red sauce and oooh it is so good!

  45. The Curtis Family

    My kids love this creamy pasta bake I make with chicken, ziti, sauce and lots of cheese. OK I love it too!

  46. beth

    We just made homemade beefaroni the other day with pasta sauce and all sorts of sauteed veggies and ground beef. My kids gobbled it up!

  47. lArZ

    My favorite is easy Ckicken Cacciatore with chicken, green bell peppers, noodles, itailan dressing mix and spaghetti sauce! So easy and so delicious!

  48. Barbara

    I’m making our favorite today. Spaghetti marinara and meatballs (all made from scratch). I would love to try these sauces and forget the homemade stuff.

  49. Dave and Tricia Folsom Family Fun

    I really want to try these sauces! I love using bottled sauces in my homemade lasagna!

  50. Katie R

    Lasagna is the most popular in house house…and anytime I have to bring food to a lunch meeting at work ๐Ÿ™‚

  51. Stephanie

    Whole Wheat lasagna noodles layed with sausage & hamburgar, cottage cheese, and a lot of cheese and pasta sauce baked at 350 for 40 minutes. Served with a side of home made garlic bread and asparagus spears.

  52. CaSaundraLeigh

    I like either vegetarian lasagna or a killer chili recipe I make with spaghetti sauce ๐Ÿ˜‰

  53. Pat

    Even though I like your idea of lasagna, my daughter is in looooove with baked ziti – so ziti it will be.

  54. Erica Williams

    Even though Creamy Chicken Lasagna is at the top of my list, I have to go with good old Spaghetti. It has always been and will always been my very favorite food!

  55. The Bahens

    Just last night, we had a big family get-together at the end of a very busy week. I didn’t want to stress over dinner, so we had meatball subs. Everyone raved about how good they were, and they took about 5 minutes of work!

  56. Janine

    I always use spaghetti sauce as the tomato sauce on homemade pizza. If I don’t have time to whip up homemade pizza sauce, spaghetti sauce is the way to go — it’s more tomato-y, herb-y than store-bought pizza sauce.

  57. Claire

    I love eggplant parmesan OR yummy roasted veggies over spaghetti squash…that tomato sauce just pulls it all together!

  58. Colin's Mom

    That is a hard question but I’ll go with my Basil Pesto Gnocchi with Shrimp! Those sauces look great by the way.

  59. Marie

    I love spaghetti. I like to add lots of veggies to the sauce and use whole wheat pasta. Fast, easy, and the kids love it!

  60. Jessi

    I use sauce in lots of different dishes, but the “favorite” is probably just a good ol’ plate of spaghetti, and it’s imperative to have a good sauce for such a simple dish.

  61. Tanya Moyer

    I have a ridiculously simple “lasagna” recipe that uses beef and cheese raviolis layered with all the sauce and cheese. These would really “up” the wow factor on this simple recipe! Great giveaway – thanks for offering!

  62. Aaron and Jessica

    Any kind of stuffed pasta-manicotti, tortellini, ravioli. They’re all good! And of course you have to mop up every bit of the sauce left on your dish with some good bread!

  63. Amber

    I love a good cream sauce, homemade of course…. But I wouldn’t turn my nose up at some Mezztta Pasta sauce, that’s for sure!

  64. Lindsay

    Whole wheat spaghetti with tomato basil sauce…a family favorite! Add a little ground turkey to make it even better!

  65. Katrina

    I love a pasta my mom made for our wedding… It has alfredo sauce, pesto, chicken, sundried tomatoes, olives, and artichoke hearts in it. It is so good!
    Mixing alfredo sauce and pesto is so good!

  66. Christina Larson

    I make a tasty lasagna with Emeril’s Egglpant and gaahlic pasta sauce and diced procuitto.
    (Excuse all my mispelling, except gaahlic I think he spells it that way on the jar)

  67. Sarah

    Oh man, there’s so many ways to use red sauce. Stuffed shells, meatball subs, lasagna.. I can’t decide!

  68. Jaime Palmer

    I would say my fave things to do with a bottle of pasta sauce are to make a spaghetti bake (layers of spaghetti noodles, meat and tomato sauce and cheese on top) OR making my version of chicken parm (no breaded chicken…keepin’ it healthier with grilled chicken breast tenderloins).

  69. grey like snuffie

    Serving meatballs with our pasta is the only way I get a red sauce on my table. My family LOVES my meatballs. I love to try new sauces…every once in a while I actually find one that comes close to a flavor their okay with. But they still love their cream sauces, with roasted red peppers and LOTS of garlic.

  70. carole

    I love pasta sauce on almost anything. Marinara is my favorite since I don’t eat red meat. It is hard to chose a favorite but I do love a meatless lasagna with a variety of vegetables, eggplant is a favorite, with lots of cheese and sauce.

  71. Sims Family

    I love it in soup. For some reason my kids don’t get that there are tomatoes in sauce and they won’t eat tomatoes.

  72. jennifer

    I don’t know if I can pick just one. Red sauce is just too divine!

    We love spaghetti, lasagna, meatball subs, chicken parmesan topped with red sauce. Your soup from yesterday is looking tempting too!!!

    By the way, just found your blog. Love it!
    The apple peanut butter cookies were a hit here.

  73. Becky Gallegos

    I love lasagna. You can’t go wrong with a yummy gooey dish of mom’s homeade lasagna! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you for the chance to win this pasta sauce. I have tried their sauce once and loved it.

  74. Candi

    I’m probably pretty boring, but I just love a good spaghetti with marinara. I try to have that once a week!

  75. Bethany and Tyson

    I recently tried a crustless spinach quiche with red sauce on top of it. AMAZING! Definitely one of my top recipes!

  76. Carolyn G

    I loved baked ziti and it’s such a fast and easy dish to make. I like to use sauce and then layer slices of mozzerella with the pasta. THen add some parmesan cheese. Oh I could eat that right now

  77. Mrsblocko

    We use sauce for a lot of stuff. We have 2 fav uses in our house. Pizza spaghetti and (not be a brown noser) your ditalini fennel ragu. My 3yr old wants to get fennel everytime we pass it in the grocery store because of that dish.

  78. skinnybovineskitchen

    i love baked pasta – cheeses, spinach, meat, pasta sauce – then stick it in the oven and enjoy!

  79. Christina

    I love Manicotti with a nice rich sauce. I love anything ITALIAN.

    Love your blog, thanks for all the tasty dishes and my husband thanks you as well!!!

  80. Abby

    Mine is pretty simple but very good!..and the kids love it!

    Tortilla pizza! Take a tortilla, spread pasta sauce on it, sprinkle with cheese. nuke till cheese is melted! The best! ๐Ÿ™‚

  81. Brown Family

    I am a fan of baked spaghetti. I found the recipe from an old cooking magazine. Altered the recipe a little and WE LOVE IT

  82. Dawn

    you are a giveaway machine lately! we need to open your own store soon.
    ha ha
    I'm going to be boring and say my classic spaghetti & meatballs is my all time fav. al'amatracia bucatini is a close second

  83. Aggie

    I love a good ziti with sauce and meatballs…of course with some Italian bread to mop up the sauce! mmm…

  84. Rachel

    That’s a tough call! I’d have to go with chicken parmesan, although a good, hearty spaghetti sauce would be a close second!

  85. Jerilynn

    I like nice and simple – so I would use mine for a classic marinara dish with a yummy homemade french bread. YUM – my family would vote for classic lasagna.

  86. Janssen

    Spaghetti Pie! Cream cheese, sour cream, green onions, ground beef, angel hair pasta, pasta sauce and cheddar cheese. MMMMM.

  87. Katie's blog

    Ok, I really like a great spaghetti. I think it is because my little one just loves spaghetti and meatballs. There is something about a great red meat sauce with a sweet savory flavor

  88. Matt & Heidi

    Oh dear…I use pasta sauce for everything, but our top favorites are a deep dish pizza and a cheese-loaded baked spaghetti dish.

    YUM! This looks great!


  89. natalie

    baked ziti with spicy italian sausage and some chunky marinara sauce is always a hit in my house, …but every now and then, i’m always craving something with a nice vodka sauce!

  90. Lisa

    That is a hard one but I guess I’ll have to say lasagna with homemade noodles and a bolognese sauce which includes beef and sausage.

  91. Megan

    I’d have to agree on the lasagna! But, I’ve also simmered it down to be a little thicker and used it for dipping sauce for pizza bites! Mmm.

  92. Sew

    crock pot, kalamata olives, artichokes, stewed tomatoes, garlic and capers, small can of tomato sauce.

    Sauce that knocks you on your feet!

  93. Sisters Savings

    I love any red pasta wine sauce! Those are my favorite. Oh and vodka sauce too…..I should have been born Italian!

  94. John and Crystal Pinegar Family

    Hmm…right now I’m pregnant and I crave red sauce. The one I crave alot it eggplant parmesan.

  95. pam shank

    I agree with lasagne for first choice and chicken parm second.
    The sauces look delicious just thru the jar!

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