Dec 11, 2013

Healthy Holiday Alternatives with Barilla

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group and Barilla however all of the below opinions are my own. #pmedia #pastanight

I am constantly searching for healthy alternatives for my favorite comfort dishes.
A little known fact? I grew up in an Italian family. So my love of pasta needs no explanation.

When I found out Barilla was now offering Whole Grain, Vegetable, Plus and White Fiber options via their Better For You line at my local Stop & Shop, I could not sample several quick enough!

These pastas deliver all of the same deliciousness and satisfaction of the previous Barilla pastas you enjoyed, now with added protein, fiber and ALA omega-3s.

When a craving calls for a bowl of carbs, I tend to lean towards the simplest dishes possible.
The ingredients; preservative and salt free, do not detract from the most important part, the pasta!

The Veggie Rotini that I selected contains an entire serving of vegetables in each 3.5 oz.
Cue applause from Mom's who have a hard time hiding vegetables on their childrens plates.

In this dish I used:

8 ounces of Barilla's Veggie Rotini Pasta
Pasta sauce to taste (I prefer a light coating)
2 medium vine-ripened organic tomatoes, diced
1 small white onion, diced extra fine
2 teaspoons of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon of oregano
1/2 teaspoon of fresh cracked pepper

After cooking the rotini to firm perfection (choose to subtract or add a minute depending on preference), I coat lightly with olive oil before adding in the sauteed vegetables.

The onions are sauteed until on the verge of transparency.

Lastly I season to taste with the minced garlic, oregano and pepper; usually going a bit heavy on the pepper though many others prefer a bit of salt and liberal sprinkling of cheese (both are currently not permitted by me during the week.)

Which Better For You pasta would you most like to try?


  1. Great post!! It seems delicious!


  2. Sounds great to me! I love healthy pasta! :)

    1. Me too, a lot less guilt after an entire bowl :)

  3. YES! that veggie rotini is the only type of pasta I eat!!!

  4. Pasta with jar sauce is my go-to whenever Chris is out of town for work and I'm cooking for myself! Your dish sounds delicious :)

    1. Thank you Sarah! I was almost ashamed to admit I use it from time to time but it is so incredibly convenient!

  5. Yummy!
    Thanks for the recipe!


  6. Your recipe sounds delicious!

    That is the pasta I use for all my dishes. Love them.

    1. Thank you Faith and so happy to hear of yet ANOTHER person that loves this type of pasta :)

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  8. I love the idea of Veggie Rotini - it's the perfect way to play the part of sneaky chef!!


  9. I'm a pasta lover so I do need to make sure I'm getting the whole grain options instead.

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    1. I loved your What I'm Loving in December post Cheryl, especially those biker pants!! xo

  10. Yum. That veggie pasta looks simple and delicious.

  11. i'm a pasta lover as well and have tried to eat whole grain pasta and just couldn't deal with the taste.
    i looooove veggie pasta though.


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