January 22, 2013

Mom Meals with Dave’s Gourmet & Giveaway

Dave's Gourmet Butternut Squash Sauce

Today I am writing with a hot tip for new parents, or anyone needing to rely on a little prepared food this winter. I am usually an advocate for making nearly everything from scratch but even I, someone who cooks for a living, know it isn’t always possible. While I like to make my own tomato sauce there is nothing wrong with picking up a jar or two of delicious sauce when I simply don’t have the time. When selecting my jarred sauces I always follow two important criteria: the sauce must be organic and can’t contain any funny sounding ingredients or preservatives. These are two of the reasons I love Dave’s Gourmet and was thrilled when they reached out to me about trying some of their delicious pasta sauces.

With baby on the way there was really no better time for me to give their sauces a fair shot. Despite being completely depleted of energy didn’t mean I wasn’t interested in good food at all – I just didn’t have the energy to cook completely from scratch! Dave’s sent me a great variety pack of their organic sauces including Butternut Squash, Roasted Garlic & Sweet Basil, Red Heirloom, and Wild Mushroom. Armed with these jars I knew I would be good for several meals and could even keep a few in the cupboard for later this winter when I really need them!

Since my family and I adore anything with butternut squash it was the first sauce we tried. We decided on a simple preparation of Cavatelli with Dave’s Gourmet Organic Butternut Squash Pasta Sauce and Pancetta. We felt that the sweet sauce would do well with a salty accompaniment like pancetta. Bacon, tempeh, or salted cubes of tofu would also work nicely. While I’ve made plenty of butternut squash sauce from scratch I have to admit, opening a jar and heating it slowly on the stovetop was a welcome relief. There was no squash roasting or pureeing involved. I just combined the heated sauce, cooked pasta, and freshly fried pancetta and our dinner was served.

Ravioli Lasagna with Dave's Gourmet

The next jar of sauce we decided to try was the Red Heirloom. I have been dying to try making ravioli lasagna and since my daughter was game we decided to give it a go. We also had her friend over for dinner so it was kind of a little kid dinner party! Again, instead of having to make my marinara – which is fairly simple to do – this time I just poured our Dave’s Gourmet Organic Red Heirloom Sauce over the lasagna and pushed the pan straight into the oven to bubble and bake.  Easy-peasy! (And, trust me, I was doing this at forty weeks pregnant, so easy-peasy was the only option!)

Since the ease and natural flavors of Dave’s Gourmet completely won us over we decided to wait to use the Roasted Garlic & Sweet Basil, and Wild Mushroom until later this winter when I am really in a bind. The infant fog is bound to take its toll at some point and knowing these jars of delicious organic sauce are in my cupboard will honestly save the day at least twice – if not more!

Today Dave’s Gourmet has generously offered to give away the same selection of sauces they sent me! To enter to win:

1) Leave a comment below sharing which sauce you’d like to use and in what dish.

2) Visit the Dave’s Gourmet site and like them on Facebook.

3) Subscribe to The Naptime Chef newsletter in the box on the upper right hand corner.

4) Contest runs from January 22nd at 7am through January 29th at 7am. Winner will be announced in the Friday February 1st newsletter! Winner must claim prize within 48 hours or a new winner will be selected. Shipping within the continental US only please.

*This is a sponsored post by Dave’s Gourmet. I was sent their products to try but the opinions expressed are entirely my own. Thank you for reading and supporting sponsors of The Naptime Chef.


  • rachel

    Butternut Squash with just pasta, squash and blue cheese or Wild Mushroom in skillet lasagna! Ooooh yum 🙂

  • Mel

    YUM, oh yum. Like you, I rarely buy jarred sauce – it’s too simple to make at home. However, sometimes a girl just needs some help. My older son has started a lot of after school activities, and since I work full time, it is difficult to always address the dinner situation without a little help. I am intrigued by the butternut squash sauce – especially like how you did with pancetta. Yum. I think I would try their roasted garlic & sweet basil sauce with the teff triangles (make teff, let set in baking pan, slice into triangles.) Could do the same with polenta. YUM YUMMMMMM. Did I say “Yum” enough? I’m hungry. Anyway, I liked Dave’s on FB as well so I can keep up with them…

  • Would love to try the roasted garlic in my lasagne!

  • Wehaf

    I would love to use the butternut squash sauce in a pasta al forno dish with chicken!

  • vaishali

    Would love to try their roasted garlic and sweet basil for pasta!

  • I would like the Organic Roasted Garlic & Sweet Basil Pasta Sauce in Lasagna

  • Heather Hicks

    I’d love to try the Wild Mushroom with pasta and some parmesan shaved on top!

  • Sarah

    I would love to try the roasted garlic and sweet basil sauce in lasagna!

  • Sarah

    I subscribe to your newsletter!!!

  • saramama

    I think the red heiroom would be great in my stuffed shells recipe.

  • Vivian

    Red Heirloom would be great for my lasagna

  • Vivian

    Liked Dave’s Gourmet on fb

  • Nancy L S

    Wild mushroom with penne pasta, grilled chicken breasts, slice cremini mushrooms sauteed in butter and leftover chicken bits, and toasted slivered almonds on top. Sounds good to me! I subscribe and follow you on Pinterest.

  • Nicole Cadkin

    I already subscribe to your newsletters

  • Nicole Cadkin

    I had never heard of Dave’s Gourmet, but now I like them on Facebook. Would love to try their sauces!

  • Laura Scott

    Love butternut squash! I think I might try it in a lasagne.

  • Nicole Cadkin

    We too are BIG fans of everything butternut squash, so I would like to try that one. I also have seen these ravioli lasagnas and have been wanting to try one. I think the butternut squash and ricotta ravioli would be sooooooo good! Fingers crossed, this has my mouth watering.

  • cheryl4christ

    The sauce I would love to try first would be the wild mushroom. I think it would be great in chicken cacciatore recipe.

  • cheryl4christ

    I like Dave’s Gourmet on Facebook.

  • Heather

    Wild mushroom sauce with blue cheese polenta or gnocchi!

  • Phoebe

    I would use the butternut squash sauce with some sausage and sage.

  • Julie

    I would like to try the Organic Roasted Garlic & Sweet Basil Pasta Saucewith penne and grilled chicken.

  • Karen Lynch

    I’d use the garlic and basil in a lasagna with chicken sausage and vegetables.

  • Karen Lynch

    I liked Dave’s Goumet on Facebook

  • Karen Lynch

    I already subscribe to Naptime’s newsletter. Thanks for the giveaway.

  • Hilary B.

    Would love to try the butternut squash with a simple ravioli and fresh sage (maybe add in some sausage)… or even just how you served it with pancetta. Sounds amazing. Have checked out Dave’s FB page and liked them.

  • Susan Bridges

    Your take on the two so far sound divine. I’d like to use the Wild Mushroom sauce with some pancetta over fresh linguine topped with shaved parmesan OR serve it over grilled chicken, sauteed vegetables (broccoli, red pepper, red onion) and wild rice – maybe hit it with shot of wine as an extra punch

  • latanya t

    the wild mushroom over chicken and rice

  • latanya t

    I subscribe to your newsletter

  • Natalie Vandenberghe

    I think I’d love the Red Heirloom and I’d use it or the Roasted Garlic & Sweet Basil to make my zucchini lasagna (can’t wait until the garden is producing again). Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Natalie Vandenberghe

    I like Dave’s Gourmet, Inc. on Facebook

  • Natalie Vandenberghe

    already a subscriber

  • Miranda La Barge

    I would use the mushroom sauce and add some ground beef.

  • Miranda La Barge

    Liked Dave on FB

  • Miranda La Barge


  • susitravl

    I would use the roasted garlic to make my kids favorite baked spaghetti casserole – confetti spaghetti

  • susitravl

    Like Dave’s on FB

  • susitravl

    I am a subscriber!!!

  • Christina C

    I’d love to try Red Heirloom!

  • Christina C

    I like Dave’s Gourmet on FB (christina cosman)

  • Christina C

    newsletter subscriber!

  • Christina C

    I’d love to try the Red Heirloom sauce!

  • Risa D

    I’d use the wild mushroom to make mixed mushroom lasagna!

  • alex

    The wild mushroom sauce would be great with some fresh mushrooms added to it and some green leafy vegetable.

  • Nancy L S

    Who won?