What’s for dinner tonight? Why not celebrate World Pasta Day along with millions of others around the globe! Whether it’s spaghetti, linguine, tortellini, farfalle, campanelle or just plain old elbow noodles, be sure to take time to enjoy your favorite pasta dish today! Barilla has got you covered, with their large selection of pasta shapes and varieties.
With our hectic schedule of basketball practice, away games and school pick-ups, life can get a little crazy! Barilla pastas have saved the night on more than one occasion, when I have only a short window of time to get supper served before we’re headed out the door, yet again. With a seemingly endless number of ways and methods to cook with pasta, everyone in our family enjoys gathering around the table together for a big bowl. Spending even a few minutes together around the table is so important as we take this time to share a little bit about our day and just connect with each other again.
I know that as long as I have a box of pasta in the cupboard, I can whip up a nutritious and filling meal for my family in no time. In fact, Barilla surveys show that pasta is recognized by parents and non-parents as a tasty (88%) and easy (87%) meal option and one that can be prepared using on-hand ingredients from a pantry (82%). I agree with those statistics 100%! The Barilla Plus pastas are a favorite of mine since they sneak a little extra fiber, protein and ALA Omega 3 into my family’s diet.
Barilla’s new ”The Modern Family Pasta Cookbook” includes easy, delicious and nutritious pasta dishes that will please everyone AND get you in and out of the kitchen quickly. Get your free copy by Sharing a Hug via the Barilla US Facebook page!
We tried several of the recipes in this free cookbook and I would love to share our favorite Barilla pasta recipe with you!
Barilla Ditalini with White Bean soup is super tasty as is. I whipped up a big bowl to share with the family before my daughter’s basketball game. Served with a crusty loaf of bakery cheese bread, it was such a comforting meal to warm us up on a chilly fall day. It felt great knowing I was fueling my daughter for her game without spending hours in the kitchen. I already have plans to make this soup again.
Next time, I am going to add half a bag of fresh spinach right before serving. It would even be great to sub out half the beans for a cup or two of leftover rotisserie chicken. I think the fresh herbs really make this dish special so try to use them, if you can!
- 1½ c Barilla Ditalini, dry
- 3 Tbs extra virgin olive oil
- 1 c onion, diced
- 1 c carrot, diced
- 1 c celery, diced
- 2 large cloves garlic, crushed
- 48 oz low sodium chicken broth
- 19 oz cannellini beans, drained and rinsed (about 1½ cans)
- 4 large Roma plum tomatoes, diced
- ¼ c fresh Italian parsley, chopped and divided
- 1 Tbs fresh oregano, chopped
- fresh ground black pepper and sea salt to taste
- 1 c Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, freshly grated and divided
- Heat oil in large pot over medium-high heat.
- Add onion, carrot, celery and garlic.
- Saute 3 – 4 minutes until tender, stirring occasionally.
- Add chicken broth and beans. Return to simmer.
- Stir in tomatoes, Ditalini, 2 TBS of the parsley, oregano, salt and pepper.
- Bring to a boil and boil 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Remove from heat, stir in remaining parsley and ½ cup of cheese.
- Serve with remaining cheese sprinkled on top of individual bowls.
~Add 4 cups fresh spincah along with the cheese and cook 1 minute more to wilt.
~Substitute ½ the white beans for leftover cooked chicken for a meatier dish.
~Crusty bread is great to soak up the broth!
Celebrate World Pasta Day with a free download!
You can find Barilla pasta at your local grocer. Be sure to download your free copy of The Modern Family Pasta Book today + you’ll get a coupon for $1.00 off Barilla pasta or sauce coupon (while supplies last)! Also, to celebrate World Pasta Day, visit the “Share a Hug” tab on the Barilla US Facebook page to learn how you can help Barilla donate to Feeding America (This tab will only be live for 24 hours from 12:01 am on 10/24 – 11 pm ET on 10/25).