A healthier lunch with Barilla Microwaveable Pasta Meals

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Now that the kids are finally back in school, you would think I would have more time for me. First, I need to play catch up with all of the work and household chores that I’ve let go over the summer! Often times I’ll be scrambling so much during the day that I forget to eat lunch. That only leads to one grouchy mama by the time I look up and the kids are getting home — ready for supper to be started. 

To avoid turning into a grouch, I look for easy to prepare lunch options for myself. I’m the only one home during the day and I do not want to spend half an hour cooking a meal for one. Recently, I tried the new Barilla Microwaveable Meals and I am surprised to say that I enjoyed them! I love using Barilla products when I cook for my family so it only makes sense to turn to them for a delicious lunch for myself.

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As much as I do like cooking with Barilla, I wasn’t sure I would care for the Barilla microwaveable meals. I worried that the pasta would be soggy or overcooked — it isn’t at all! Barilla separated the pasta from the sauce for heating to avoid the problem of soggy pasta. Once you heat the meal in the microwave, you can pour the hot sauce over top the perfectly cooked pasta.

No waiting for waiting for water to boil. No opening a big jar of sauce for a small portion. No fuss, just a bowl of deliciousness! The Barilla Microwaveable Meals come in five different flavors: 

  • Mezze Penne with Spicy Marinara Sauce
  • Mezze Penne with Tomato & Basil Sauce
  • Mezze Penne with Traditional Marinara Sauce
  • Whole Grain Fusilli with Vegetable Marinara Sauce
  • Whole Grain Mezze Penne with Tomato & Basil Sauce

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They heat up in 60 seconds flat, even in my old wonky microwave! The Barilla meals are a fairly healthy lunch at only 320 calories per serving tray, no preservatives and 100% natural ingredients. The 9 ounce portion size is just right, I am comfortably full and satisfied after enjoying my meal. Having two whole grain meal options is nice. I like the taste of whole grain pasta, my family does not. Now I can just have a serving of it without making a huge pot!

If I were to nitpick, I would tell you to be careful when you are pulling the plastic cover back to vent. Without fail, I always seem to splash the sauce — I’m just not careful enough! This isn’t a big deal, just something to watch out for if you’re wearing white! 

My favorite is the Barilla Whole Grain Mezze Penne with Tomato & Basil Sauce. I really love how fresh the sauce and pasta taste, you wouldn’t know it was a microwave meal if someone put this in a bowl and served it to you. 

Barilla microwave pasta mealsI also really enjoyed the Traditional Marinara Sauce meal. I decided to top that one with a leftover baked chicken tender and a sprinkle of mozzarella and parsley — so good!

Having these Barilla Microwaveable Meals on hand is a nice change of pace from a cold deli sandwich or a few crackers with peanut butter, they definitely fuel me up for the rest of the day! I’m going to go eat a whole grain fusilli with veggie marinara sauce right now {well, as soon as it’s lunch time}.

Where to buy and how to stay in touch!

The Barilla Microwaveable Meals are available in the microwaveable meal aisle of your grocers’ shelves. You can also find Barilla Microwaveable Meals on Amazon.com. Visit the Barilla Facebook page to find a $1.00 off downloadable coupon so you try Barilla Microwaveable Meals!

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Henrietta Newman is a tech loving, video game playing, backyard chicken raising, dirt road living, pr friendly mom/gramma blogger who talks about life with a teen daughter, an adult son, a toddler granddaughter, a construction worker soulmate and all that it entails. Subscribe to A Hen's Nest for giveaways, delicious family recipes, reviews and more!

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  1. 1
    Nichole Wilson says:

    yummy!! These are very convenient especially on those busy days!

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    I’d like to try Spicy Marinara meal

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    Chrystal Davis says:

    YUM! The Whole Grain Fusilli with Vegetable Marinara Sauce would be my first choice!

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    paige chandler says:

    The Mezze Penne with Tomato & Basil Sauce—Mmmmmmmm

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    Spicy Marinara for me!

  6. 6

    Sure like to try of ’em..

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    Jenna Wood says:

    I’d like to try Marinara Basil.

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    The vegetable marinara

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    I’d like to try Spicy Marinara meal

  10. 10

    spicy marinara

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    Theron Willis says:

    Spicy Marinara!

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    the spicy marinara is calling my name@

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    jodi lasher says:

    I would love to try the marinara first.. thanks

  14. 14

    I would like the spicy marinara.

  15. 15
    Debra L. Guillen says:

    Whole Grain Mezze Penne with Tomato & Basil Sauce

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    I’d like to try the Mezze Penne with Traditional Marinara Sauce first.
    Thank you!

  17. 17

    spicy marinara

    kport207 at gmail dot com
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    oo, definitely spicy marinara!

  19. 19

    I would try the tomato basil first!

  20. 20
    Ann Fantom says:

    I would like to try Barilla’s Mezze Penne with Spicy Marinara Sauce microwave meal.

  21. 21
    apple blossom says:

    Mezze Penne with Marinara Sauce

  22. 22

    I would try the Mezzy Penne with Spicy Marina first. I LOVE Barilla products! YUMMMMMM

  23. 23

    I would like spicy marinara

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    LOIS PAYTON says:

    I would love to try them all, GOD BLESS AND KEEP YA’LL SAFE IN HIS LOVING ARMS.

  25. 25

    I would like to try the Tomato & Basil

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    susan hartman says:

    I would like to try the spicy marinara

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    Linda Lansford says:

    I want Whole Grain Mezze Penne with Tomato & Basil Sauce

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    Les Johnson says:

    I would like to try the Mezze Penne with Tomato & Basil Sauce.

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    Jennifer Patalsky says:

    Tomato and basil.

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    ivy arrington says:

    Whole Grain Fusilli with Vegetable Marinara Sauce sound great that would be my first pick

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    Penny Snyder says:

    Tomato & Basil sounds great! grammypenny@frontier.com

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    Janna Johnson says:

    tomato basil Awesome giveaway! Janna Johnson jannajanna@hotmail.com janna@feedyourpig on GFC
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  33. 33

    Penne with spicy marinara

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    Tari Lawson says:

    I would like to try the Penne with spicey marinara sauce.

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    Mezze Penne with Tomato & Basil Sauce

  36. 36

    I’d love to try the Fusilli.

  37. 37

    the spicy marinara

  38. 38

    Thanks, I would like to try the spicy marinara.
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    Elizabeth J says:

    spicy marinara

  40. 40

    Spicy Marinara!

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    Whole Grain Fusilli with Vegetable Marinara Sauce

  42. 42

    I would like to try try Spicy Marinara

  43. 43

    want to try spicy marinara

  44. 44

    I would like to try the Whole Grain Mezze Penne with Tomato and Basil Sauce.

  45. 45

    The Fusilli with Vegetable Marinara Sauce.

  46. 46

    I want to try the spicy marinara.

  47. 47

    I like the whole grain fusilli with vegetable marinara

  48. 48
    Jacob LaFountaine says:

    Tomato & Basil sounds good

  49. 49

    Whole Grain Mezze Penne with Tomato and Basil Sauce would be my first choice!

  50. 50

    I would like to try the Mezze Penne with Tomato & Basil Sauce. s2inamug at aim dot com

  51. 51

    Whole Grain Fusilli with Vegetable Marinara Sauce
    Thanks
    partymix25(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    Misses Giveaways says:

    Whole Grain Tomato and Basil

  53. 53
    Allison Downes says:

    I would love to try the Whole Grain Mezze Penne with Tomato & Basil Sauce first! Thanks for the tasty giveaway!

  54. 54
    olivia rubin says:

    spicy marinara

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    Whole Grain Fusilli with Vegetable Marinara Sauce

  56. 56

    I can’t wait to try the Mezze Penne Tomato & Basil!
    Thanks!
    h4schaffer at gmail dot com

  57. 57

    i would start with their original marinara sauce

  58. 58

    I would like to try the Spicy Marinara

  59. 59

    the Mezze Penne with Spicy Marinara Sauce

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    tomato and basil

  61. 61

    The Spicy Marinara sounds great!
    Heidi V. recently posted…A Hen’s NestMy Profile

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    Penne with Tomato & Basil Sauce

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    Jennifer H. says:

    Mezze Penne with Spicy Marinara Sauce

  64. 64

    Those actually look pretty delicious! I’d love to try the Mezze Penne with Traditional Marinara Sauce.

  65. 65
    Tiffany Christie says:

    I’d love to try the spicy marinara

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    Ashley turicik says:

    Marinara basil looks yummy

  67. 67
    Trasina McGahey says:

    I would love to try the Mezze Penne with Spicy Marinara Sauce

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    shelby brigham says:

    i want to try tomato and basil

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    SARAH OSWALD says:

    i would love to try the whole grain vegetable marinaria dish.

  70. 70

    Mezze Penne with Spicy Marinara Sauce for me

    ky2here at msn dot com

  71. 71

    Tomato and Basil

  72. 72

    Whole grain marinara

  73. 73
    David Basile says:

    Marinara Basil

  74. 74

    I would like to try the Whole Grain Mezze Penne with Tomato & Basil Sauce
    rsgrandinetti@yahoo(d0t)com

  75. 75

    The spicy marinara looks awesome!

  76. 76

    tomato and basil for sure.

  77. 77
    Samantha Meyer says:

    Mezze Penne with Tomato Basil sounds good!

  78. 78

    I would first try the Traditional Marinara Sauce meal

  79. 79
    Richard Hicks says:

    want to try spicy marinara

    ardy22 at earthlink dot net

  80. 80

    I’d love to try the Spicy Marinara.

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    Paula Tavernie says:

    Id try The Tomato and basil first!
    ptavernie at yahoo dot com

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    Valerie Taylor Mabrey says:

    Whole Grain Fusilli with Vegetable Marinara Sauce
    vmkids3 at msn dot com

  83. 83

    Spicy Marinara sounds good.

  84. 84

    I’d like to try the Marinara first.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  85. 85

    The whole grain mezze penne with tomato and basil sauce sounds good.

  86. 86

    I’d like to try tomato and basil penne.

  87. 87
    Jennifer Peaslee says:

    mezze penne with tomato and basil sauce :)

  88. 88

    Spicy marinara =)

  89. 89

    I would like tomato and basil.

  90. 90
    Richard Morris says:

    spicy marinera for me!

  91. 91

    Spicy Marinara is my Barilla of choice!

  92. 92
    Brittney House says:

    spicy marinara sounds good

  93. 93

    Spicy Marinara

    annabella @ centurytel dot net

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    The Spicy Marinara

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    Lucy Schwartz says:

    I wouold sign up for the Spicy Marinara.

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    Cheryl Reinhardt says:

    Barilla Whole Grain Mezze Penne with Tomato & Basil Sauce

  97. 97

    I’d love to try the Whole Grain Tomato & Basil!

  98. 98

    Spicy Marinara sounds delicious!
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    I’d like to try the Mezze Penne with Spicy Marinara Sauce
    Digicats {at} Sbcglobal {dot} Net

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    PinkySwayers says:

    My favorite is the Spicy Marinara. Thanks for the giveaway!

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    I think I would try tomato and basil first.

  102. 102

    Whole Grain Mezze Penne with Tomato & Basil Sauce

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    Whole Grain Fusilli with Vegetable Marinara Sauce

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    susan smoaks says:

    I would love to try the Mezze Penne with Spicy Marinara Sauce first!

  105. 105

    I’d love to try the Whole Grain Vegetable Marinara!
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    christal c w says:

    I would try the spicy marinara

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    Caitlin McClure says:

    I’d like spicy marinara

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    Jessica Carnaggio says:

    I would like to try the Spicy Marinara.

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    TIA BEVERLY says:

    MARINERA

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    Rasheda Wilson says:

    I would like to try the tomato and basil

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    I would love to try the Mezze Penne with Tomato & Basil Sauce.

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    kathy pease says:

    id love the Mezze Penne with Spicy Marinara Sauce

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    Deborah Wallin says:

    Whole Grain Fusilli with Vegetable Marinara Sauce

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    I’d like to try the Mezze Penne with Spicy Marinara Sauce

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    Chrissy Nestor says:

    I’d love to try the ◦Mezze Penne with Traditional Marinara Sauce

    chrissylea1979 (at)gmail(dot) com

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    Mezze Penne with Traditional Marinara Sauce

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    cassandra (rab pom) says:

    I would like to serve some tomato and basil!

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    I would like to try the Whole Grain Fusilli with Vegetable Marinara Sauce

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    Brad Merrell says:

    The Spicy Marinara

  120. 120

    I want to try the Mezze pasta with Spicy Marinara!

  121. 121

    I like the Mezze Penne with Marinara Sauce

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    Virginia Rowell says:

    I think the spicy marinara first.

  123. 123

    I would most like to try the Mezze Penne with Spicy Marinara Sauce. :-) Thank you.

  124. 124
    Carolyn Daley says:

    Spicy Marinara

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    Spicy Marinara

  126. 126

    The Mezze Penne!

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    Buddy Garrett says:

    I would love to try Spicy Marinara.

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    Gaines Simmons says:

    Hello, how are you? Thank you for this opportunity. I like the tomato and basil.

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    Laurie Emerson says:

    I would like to try the Spicy Marinara first.
    lauraemerson17 at yahoo dot com

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    Mezze Penne with Spicy Marinara Sauce

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    Mezze Penne with Traditional Marinara Sauce.

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