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Everyone's talking about adding coffee to their pasta sauce

Don’t tell the Italians.

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SAINSBURY’S SUPERMARKET IN the UK has got everyone’s knickers in a twist…. over spaghetti bolognese.

The retailer’s new advertising campaign suggests adding a little something extra to your cooking to provide an extra taste sensation; chorizo to lasagne. cranberry sauce to your cheese toastie and, er, coffee to spag bol.

Coffee + Spag Bol in one mouthful?!! Sold Source: slappadabass74

Come off it Sainsbury’s. Coffee? In pasta sauce? Pull the other one.


This isn’t a new idea though


Coffee in tomato-based sauces as a ‘secret’ ingredient has been around for some time now, and features in many home made recipes found online.

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Many recipes suggest adding coffee reduces the acidity or sourness of the tomatoes, although with coffee carrying quite an acidic taste itself thistheory is rebuffed by others, who suggest adding a little sugar or honey instead.

The addition of coffee is generally touted as simply adding a richness or depth of flavour. This recipe swears by it, but states that the coffee grounds must be used.

Tell you one thing, everyone’s talking about Sainsbury’s. Result.

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