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School is back in swing and I need to make dinner E.A.S.Y. There is nothing easier than a one-pan meal, and my whole family loves pasta, so its a win all the way around. But what makes this dish so great is the Barilla Pronto Pasta. It is able to be done in One Pot. No Boil. No Drain. Seriously, when does that ever happen? And I absolutely LOVE that it’s NON-GMO. Huge. For every box of Barilla® Pronto™ purchased at Walmart between 7/31/2016 and 10/31/2016, Barilla® will donate 10 meals to kids in need through No Kid Hungry, up to half-a-million meals.*
The beauty of this dish is that it can be altered to fit your families taste and budget. It is a simple meat and vegetable pasta, using whatever is on sale at the store. Need to keep the budget down? By omitting meat you can greatly reduce the overall cost of the dish. Pasta is so versatile and inexpensive, and you can easily change it up depending on your families tastes.
Here are some ways to change up the recipe depending on your families budget, tastes and to use what is already in your fridge. Budget-Friendly: Use leftover chicken, or just leave out the meat altogether. There is still a ton of flavor without it. I typically buy organic chicken sausage in bulk and keep it in the freezer to save if I add meat. Optional Veggies: Swiss Chard, Red Peppers, Broccoli, Shredded Carrots, Tomatoes (diced canned or fresh cherry), Mushrooms Since my son isn’t a spinach fan, we always pull out his portion right before I stir the spinach into the pan!
Where can you get this awesome pasta? The key to this dish is the Barilla PRONTO Pasta, and we found ours at Walmart. Checkout the pics below to see exactly where you can find it. In my Walmart it was about halfway down the aisle that had sauces and it had a “Pasta” sign right above it.
The Barilla Pesto and Tomato Sauce are on the same aisle.
- 1 box Barilla Pronto Penne Pasta
- 1-2 tablespoons Barilla Pesto Sauce
- 1 jar Barilla Tomato Sauce
- 4 cups water
- 1 onion, diced (red or white/yellow)
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 red/orange/yellow bell pepper, quartered
- 1-2 handfuls fresh spinach (optional)
- In a large stockpot over medium heat add 1 tablespoon of olive oiland sauté onions, garlic and peppers for 2 minutes.
- Pour in water and pasta and bring to a boil.
- Once water has cooked down add pesto sauce and entire jar of tomato sauce.
- Add spinach and heat through. Once the spinach is wilted it's ready to serve.
- Serve in bowls topped with Parmesan cheese.
If you liked this recipe, be sure to checkout this Creamy One Pan Broccoli and Cheddar Penne. It’s next on my list!
*$1.00 can provide a child 10 healthy meals. This amount is based on individual experiences of grant recipients. Contributions will be used to reach the highest number of children facing hunger in America. Share Our Strength is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization.