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.
- 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:
- Household chores
- Kids’ after school activities
- Kids’ homework
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 :).
- 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
- GRATE lemon peels and place lemon zest in a small bowl.
- JUICE the lemons into a separate large bowl.
- 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.
- SET the lemon sauce aside.
- Meanwhile, BRING a large pot of salted water to a boil.
- ADD the spaghetti and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender but still firm to the bite, about 8 minutes (I used my cute timer!)
- DRAIN, reserving 1 cup of the cooking liquid.
- ADD the spaghetti to the lemon sauce, and toss with the basil and lemon zest.
- TOSS the pasta with enough reserved cooking liquid, 1/4 cup at a time, to moisten.
- SEASON the pasta with more salt and pepper to taste.
- 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.