Celebrating World Pasta Day with Lemon Spaghetti #BarillaWPD

Here’s the thing: I am busy. I work from home, raise three kids, and run a household. It’s hard to get all of my t’s crossed and my i’s dotted — dinner? Fuhgettaboutit.

So when Barilla told me that I could whip up a fantastic dinner in no time, I was intrigued. My kids are pasta-holics, and so I took on the challenge.

They sent me a cookbook, a slew of pasta, and the cutest timer I’ve ever seen:

I love that there are healthier alternatives for plain white pasta! The farfalle is made with carrots and squash! And my kids never suspect a thing, muahaha!

Since I’m watching what I eat, I love that I can use different varieties of Barilla like white fiber and whole grain, and still feel good about what i’m eating. It’s so tough to find meals that I can get from pan to plate quickly that aren’t full of junk. Sure, I can pop a frozen pizza in the oven, but I like that with Barilla I can hide fresh veggies, sneak in protein, and serve my family a nutritious meal.

Why Pasta?

  • 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%).
  • Other benefits of pasta that help alleviate chaotic schedules include that it is versatile (52%), a quick go-to meal (51%) and allows for multitasking while it’s cooking (44%).

Parents are under more stress than ever, and are leading hectic lives. These facts don’t lie, folks:

  • 88% of parents are reliant upon multi-tasking each day and more than half (58%) say their life is more hectic now, than a year ago.
  • While families are making time for dinner, Two-in-five meal-preparers agree it is difficult to find time to prepare dinner in their household.
  • They don’t want to miss enjoying a home cooked meal with their family as they worry the alternative will offer poor nutritional content (74%) and they will miss out on family time at the table (65%).

What prevents you from getting a home cooked meal on the table? Some other parents were asked, and this is what they said:

  1. Work
  2. Household chores
  3. Errands
  4. Kids’ after school activities
  5. Kids’ homework
Personally, all five of those are huge contributing factors in preventing me from coordinating a family dinner! What about you?

October 25 is World Pasta Day!

In celebration of World Pasta Day, I’ve made a fun, easy, and quick Barilla dish! It literally took me all of twenty minutes to prepare, and it was really good! I’ve got left overs for lunch tomorrow :).

Lemon Spaghetti

  • 1 pound Barilla Spaghetti
  • 2 fresh lemons
  • 2/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2/3 cup Parmigiano-Reggiano
  • cheese, freshly grated, or add your
  • favorite Italian grated cheese
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, freshly ground
  • 1/3 cup fresh basil, chopped, or substitute
  • with 1/2 tablespoon dry basil
  1. GRATE lemon peels and place lemon zest in a small bowl.
  2. JUICE the lemons into a separate large bowl.
  3. WHISK the lemon juice, oil, Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, 3/4 teaspoon of salt and 1/2 teaspoon of pepper in the large bowl and blend.
  4. SET the lemon sauce aside.
  5. Meanwhile, BRING a large pot of salted water to a boil.
  6. ADD the spaghetti and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender but still firm to the bite, about 8 minutes (I used my cute timer!)
  7. DRAIN, reserving 1 cup of the cooking liquid.
  8. ADD the spaghetti to the lemon sauce, and toss with the basil and lemon zest.
  9. TOSS the pasta with enough reserved cooking liquid, 1/4 cup at a time, to moisten.
  10. SEASON the pasta with more salt and pepper to taste.
  11. TRANSFER to bowls and serve

To spread the World Pasta Day love, head over to the Barilla Facebook page to Share a Hug! Want to help Barilla donate to Feeding America,  receive a download of the cookbook, a $1 off and Barilla pasta or sauce coupon (while supplies last)? Head over to the Barilla Facebook page! You can check out more Barilla recipes here.

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Barilla. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank-you for participating.


  1. Mrs WW Diggs says

    I made this recipe as it sounded so wonderful. It truly made me sick to my stomach. I tried to eat it twice thinking the first time was a fluke. Nope, sick as a dog. Cannot explain it. Not allergic to any of the ingredients. Go figure!


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