Situated in beautiful Gorham, Maine is the manufacturing plant of Cielo (pronounced chee-el-o) Sauce Works, a company founded and owned by husband-and-wife team, Walter and Tracey Tolson.
They’re quite proud of their three Italian GF and DF sauces, Arrabiata sauce, spicy (yet mild) pizza sauce—smooth, sweet, and flavorful, and their classic pasta sauces, a perfect blend of ingredients which I’ll share with you.
Cielo Sauce Works never uses MSG, fillers, thickeners, starches, modifiers, or animal products. All their sauces are simmered long and slow, always in small batches so they can deliver a high quality. Bursting-with-flavor sauces is their standard.
My team and I tested all three sauces in a variety of dishes and meals, and we’re still raving about them. We’re ordering more. Here is a delicious new recipe shared from one of my helpful field testers.
The pizza sauce delivers a perfect blend of flavors as a topping to any good-quality pizza dough. We made goat cheese and peppers pizza, sausage pizza, and vegan pizza. The Arrabiata sauce was another favorite. We all attempted our own dishes, 6 different ones in all. The Mahi Mahi Arrabiata created by one of my testers was out-of-this-world. We even used this Arrabiata as a dipping sauce for our GF baked cheese sticks for those who can eat dairy.
Now let me tell you about their classic pasta sauce. It is a slow-simmered delicious result of mixing together tomatoes, herbs, garlic, vegetable stock, sea salt, olive oil, red wine, and sweet Vidalia onions. It is lightly chunky with a full-body base and will totally transform any pasta dish into a meal anyone will enjoy and any host will be proud of. We tried it alone over GF noodles, with added buffalo sausage, and with sautéed mushrooms and peppers, and they were all delicious.
Tracey attributes part of the inspiration to go “business” to a “mother-in-law who makes the best Italian food on the planet.” Tracey took a list of suggested ingredients and experimented with recipes on countless friends and acquaintances until all agreed they would have a niche, a sauce taking one back to the roots of Italy, wherever you may be.
By the way, cielo means “heaven” in Italian. Cielo Sauce Works’ products can easily be ordered online at only $6.50 a jar, and a 3-set package deal is also offered. Enjoy and share your recipes with me!
Click the following link to watch the GlutenFreeHelp.info video/review of Cielo Sauce Works.
Ciao! Tina Turbin
From our home to yours, Tina Turbin.