Friday, May 13, 2011

Bella Sun Luci - Review

About Mooney Farms, makers of Bella Sun Luci (From the Website)

Mooney Farms began in 1987 as a family owned kiwi farming operation. Products were sold at the farmer’s markets in Northern California by the family members. With the addition of sun dried tomatoes, their first sale to Price Club South San Francisco changed everything. The family’s Bella Sun Luci Sun Dried Tomatoes in Olive Oil & Herbs sold out in a record 4 hours! Sun dried tomatoes had become mainstream and the Mooney Family had the winning recipe!

In 1994, Mooney Farms moved to a larger facility located in Chico, California to meet the growing demand for their products. Recently remodeled and expanded, the 100,000 square foot facility reflects their family’s rich history of the Mediterranean with 200 year old olive trees planted among the rows of lavender and rosemary.

The Mooney Family originates from Sonoma County and has always appreciated the natural beauty and style of Sonoma’s Vineyard landscapes and wineries which line the beautiful farming valley’s. Reminiscent of this area, they have created a beautiful rustic Italian style tasting room and storefront, which welcomes you to their family business.

My Review:

Mooney Farms was gracious enough to send me some of their product line to review.  I received:
Sun dried Tomatoes with Italian herbs, Sun dried Tomatoes halves with Italian herbs; Sun dried Tomatoes with whole pine nuts, Sun dried Tomatoes with extra virgin olive oil.Sun dried tomatoes with zesty peppers (can't wait to use this one) Sun dried tomatoes with Italian basil.

The tomato's are high quality because,every step of the process is done by Mooney Farms they grow their tomatoes, clean them, dry them and process them so they make sure you have the best final product. I am sure you all know that  a diet that is includes tomatoes helps in the fight against cancerous cell formation and other kinds of health complications and diseases. Because of the lycopene content in tomato's.

The Sun Dried Tomatoes can be used for so many things, in pasta, on a pizza, as a spread. I am going to make them in a meatloaf next.  I am going to whip up my own version of an Italian meatloaf, that sounds good!

But first I made a delicious recipe I found on the Bella Sun Luci site. Sun dried tomato penne pasta, I wanted to add some meat to the dish, so I added chicken sausage to my dish. The flavor of the sun dried tomatoes really shone through. It was fabulous and easy. My daughter loved it. It was a it hit with the whole family. Why not check out Bella Sun Luci, sun dried tomatoes yourself?

Sun Dried Tomato Penne Pasta


  • 1 - 16 oz Box Penne Pasta
  • 1 - 8.5 oz jar Bella Sun Luci Sun Dried Tomatoes In Pure Olive Oil & Herbs ~ Drained and chopped, reserving seasoned olive oil
  • 1 Bunch Fresh Basil leaves
  • ¼ cup fresh Romano Cheese shavings
  • ¼ Cup Olive Oil, reserved from jar
  • 2 Tbsp Pine Nuts, toasted 
  • (My addition) 2 links of chicken sausage


  • Cook pasta according to directions.
  • Drain pasta.
  • Stir in sun dried tomatoes, olive oil and fresh basil leaves.
  • Right before serving top with fresh shavings of romano cheese and toasted pinenuts.
  • To Toast pinenuts:
  • place them on a cookie sheet in the oven at 350 degrees for fifteen minutes while watching them carefully to avoid burning.
  • Roast them until they're toasty brown and fragrant.
  • (My addition) Chop up and brown chicken sausage and add to pasta last

At Bella Sun Luci they are currently hosting this great contest, here. Just email them your best recipe that features Bella Sun Luci sun dried tomatoes you can win some great prizes, including a trip to San Francisco!

Buy it:

Check out Bella Sun Luci here to buy any of the great items!

Disclosure: The reviews and or opinions on this blog are my own opinions . I received sun dried tomatoes to review. No monitory compensation was received. I was not required to write a positive review. Your experience may differ. The opinions I have expressed are my own I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsement and Testimonials in Advertising .

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