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Top Pasta Proteins and Sauces

Posted by Flanagan Foodservice on Mar 2, 2017 11:01:25 AM

Chicken is the most popular protein used by Canadian operators in pasta entrée dishes. It tops the list of proteins used in pasta dishes on Canadian menus.

Versatile and mild-flavoured, chicken lends itself well to a variety of preparations. Blackened, roasted, sliced, slow-cooked; there is no shortage of ways to incorporate this protein into pasta menu items.

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Source: MenuMonitor, Technomic.

The fastest-growing pasta proteins are lead by calamari and pepperoni:

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Source: MenuMonitor, Technomic.

The most common chicken pasta dishes are fettuccine Alfredo, macaroni & cheese, and tomato-based pastas. Calamari is typically found in light olive oil or white wine sauces, while pepperoni is incorporated into tomato-based meat sauces.

The top pasta sauce on Canadian menus is Alfredo, followed closely by meat sauce and tomato sauce.

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Source: MenuMonitor, Technomic.

Though they are similar, meat sauce differs from a Bolognese sauce in that can simply refer to meat (typically ground beef) that has been added to a tomato-based sauce.

Bolognese sauce (having originated from the Italian city of Bologna) is layered with flavours and ingredients that include vegetables, garlic, herbs, pork and beef.

 

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