The chilly weather arrived right on schedule. And the need for COMFORT FOOD is sure a priority right now.  I’m thinking rich casseroles and hearty pasta dishes. When the tomato season ends, I seek out canned tomatoes for Bolognese and Charlie’s Bright Tomato Sauce for pizza and pasta.

It turns out that my favorite canned tomatoes, authentic San Marzano tomatoes grown in the region around Naples, are being celebrated this season. I’m very happy to announce that I am among a small group of journalists asked to GIVEAWAY a gift pack of the best European food products including canned Italian tomatoes. These are the “crown jewel of European canned tomatoes.” Pomodoro San Marzano dell’Agro Sarnese-Nocerino DOP

Here is how you can win a gift basket of San Marzano Tomatoes and delicioso Italian food products.

HOW I ❤ San Marzano DOP Contest Works

1) Follow@ilovesanmarzanodop and @PriscillaMartel on Instagram or Facebook.

2) Post a recipe with steps featuring San Marzano canned tomatoes. Include a beauteous photo of the finished dish in your feed. Please tag me so I can keep track of the entries.

3) Pick a family member, front line worker, charity, hospital or person who you feel could use a pick me up and explain why you chose them. They will also win if your recipe is chosen.

To inspire you, I’ll post some ideas of what I do with my favorite rich, flavorful imported tomatoes such as these ricotta-stuffed shells in a meaty tuscan sugo (sauce) gently flavored with tomatoes.

Here are some of my favorite recipes that use San Marzano DOP tomatoes:

Penne Rigate Salsa di Pomodorini

Mushroom Bolognese with Gemelli Pasta

Shakshuka Eggs


The competition is open to all US residents. You must follow the steps outlined above to be eligible. Contest ends November 20 at 11:59PM EST. Winners will be chosen randomly and announced on November 22, 2020. The winner will be randomly chosen. Per Instagram and other social media site rules, this promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Instagram or any other social media site. By entering, entrants confirm they are 13+ years of age, release Instagram of responsibility, and agree to Instagram’s term of use.