The Flavor-Packed Spice Mix Giada De Laurentiis Always Brings Back From Italy

If you are a fan of celebrity chef Giada De Laurentiis, chances are you wish you could make some of the fabulous Italian recipes just like she does. The co-host of the discovery+ limited series, "Bobby and Giada in Italy," makes everything from her Mortadella sliders to her red, white, and blue salad look amazing. You can almost smell the fragrant dishes from her adventures in Rome through your screen. Well, it turns out that De Laurentiis likes to bring back the flavors of her Italian travels to her friends and family. In fact, the cookbook author used to load up her suitcase with a certain spice packet to gift them before it became a staple on her website.

The contents of this packet will apparently make your favorite pasta puttanesca dish taste like it came straight from a traditional Italian trattoria. Per the Giadzy Instagram, it is that good. They shared: "On her way back from trips in Italy, @giadadelaurentiis used to stuff her suitcase full of these spice packets for family and friends. Full of aromatic flavors straight from Calabria, they make it so easy to make an authentic Italian meal in a snap – like this Linguine Alla Puttanesca, pronto!"

The spice packet will remind you of Calabria

These spice kits, which are produced by Tutto Calabria, hail from Calabria, which is located at the toe of the Italian boot and known for its "crystal clear" sea, its breath-taking national parks, and of course, its foods (via the Italian tourism official website). According to the product description of the Linguine Alla Puttanesca spice kit on the Giadzy website, the content of this package contains such "big-flavor ingredients" as olives and capers, garlic, onions, parsley, dried tomatoes, basil, and salt. And the packet really does make for ease of preparation. All you need to do to pull this meal together is bring a pot of water and the spices to a simmer and then add olive oil and tomato sauce, along with your favorite pasta shape of choice, and voila! Dinner is ready to serve. 

Giada De Laurentiis is a huge fan of Tutto Calabria, favoring their chili pepper paste The goods news is if you try this kit and like it, Tutto Calabria makes several others which are sold on the Giadzy website, including a fiery Pennette all'Arrabbiata spice packet and a Rigatoni Alla Silana spice kit, both worth stocking your pantry with for those days you need a little convenience at your fingertips.