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Friday, September 3, 2021

Quick & Easy Healthy Meals With Barilla Pesto

When you don't have much time to cook dinner, check out these quick and easy meals. 

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 Now that the kids are back in school and most parents are back to work, getting a healthy meal on the table can be a challenge. Throw in sports and other outside activities and who has time to cook dinner? So like most families, you order a pizza or head to the drive-thru at the fast-food place. Well, we all know that take-out food is not good for our health but we have hungry kids and no time to cook. 

What most people don't realize is that you can whip a healthy meal in less time than it takes to wait in the food pick-up line. The key is having the food ingredients in your pantry and in your refrigerator. By stocking your pantry with a couple of healthy ingredients, you can easily make a healthy meal for your family. The best part of cooking healthy meals at home is the amount of money you will save. These healthy meal suggestions will take less than 30 minutes to prepare and cook. 

Keep reading to discover a recipe for sun-dried tomato, pesto chicken pasta, along with other meal inspiration ideas.

Barilla Creamy Genovese Pesto is the start to delicious meals

 One of my go-to quick and easy healthy meals is pasta. Pasta is so easy to cook. Just boil some water and add the box of dried pasta. The first healthy meal that my teen boys learned to cook was pasta. So I always have plenty of boxes of pasta and jars of pasta sauce in my pantry. That way my boys can help make dinner.  

  When most people think of pasta, they tend to think of spaghetti with tomato sauce. While this is a delicious way to eat a box of pasta, that can get quite boring after a while. It is time to change your thinking about pasta. Discover how you can turn that box of pasta into a flavorful meal that your family will enjoy. Just add some additional ingredients to the cooked pasta for a quick delicious meal.

Barilla Creamy Genovese Pesto is a versatile product that can be used in a variety of ways & does not need to be heated before using

 I discovered a flavor-packed, versatile, and convenient pantry staple that turns an ordinary pot of cooked pasta into a wonderful Italian meal. Barilla Creamy Genovese Pesto is a pantry staple that you need to have in your kitchen. This delicious jar of pesto is the start of many delicious quick and easy meals. You need to keep this yummy pesto in your pantry. It is a staple for quick and easy meals.

Barilla Creamy Genovese Pesto is:

• Flavor-packed, versatile, and a convenient pantry staple that satisfies cravings for Italian food.

• Imported from Parma, Italy, it’s made with fragrant Italian basil and freshly grated Italian cheese.

• Creamy, smooth and has a savory taste, making it ideal for stirring into pasta and grains, spreading on

sandwiches, marinating meats and vegetables, or using in a dip.

• Is made in a way that preserves the natural color of basil and the fresh aroma of Italian Cheese.

• A little goes a long way; one 6.2-ounce jar of pesto mixes well with 16 ounces of pasta.

• Is available to purchase at Target, Publix, Stop & Shop, Meijer, ShopRite, Hy-Vee, Albertsons, Safeway, Vons, and more.

Many delicious ways to use Barilla Creamy Genovese Pesto

While my favorite way to use Barilla Creamy Genovese Pesto is stirred into hot cooked pasta, my husband enjoys using this flavorful sauce in many other ways. My husband enjoys spreading the Barilla pesto on sandwiches ~ his favorite sandwich combo is turkey, provolone, and Barilla Creamy Genovese Pesto. The creamy Barilla pesto is a great flavorful replacement for mayonnaise.

 My husband is the one who enjoys eating the jar of Barilla Genovese Pesto as I can't eat dairy products. So  I keep a jar of this pesto in the fridge for him to use in his favorite recipes. The Genovese Pesto goes great on my Sun-Dried Tomato & Artichoke Pizza recipe. For a quick and easy pizza. Buy a premade pizza crust, mozzarella cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, and a jar of Barilla Creamy Genovese Pesto. I like to make my own homemade oven-roasted sun-dried tomatoes and store them in the fridge for quick meals. These sun-dried tomatoes are also great to add to cooked pasta along with a full jar of Barilla Creamy Genovese Pesto and cooked chicken pieces. Keep reading for the full recipe for Creamy sun-dried tomato, pesto chicken pasta.

 Other delicious ways to enjoy the Barilla creamy pesto are mixed into cooked veggies, stirred into your favorite dip, and in a bruschetta recipe. If you love the taste of tomatoes with fresh basil and mozzarella cheese, then you are going to love this jar of pesto. Just slice up a large tomato, spread on the Barilla pesto, and top it with a thick slice of mozzarella cheese. For extra flavor, drizzle balsamic vinegar over the cheese. 

 When you cook with Barilla Creamy Genovese Pesto, there is no need to add additional spices as this pesto is loaded with flavor. Along with plenty of fresh basil, Barilla adds garlic and Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese. Cooking with Barilla pesto and Barilla pasta makes making dinner so much simpler, especially on those busy nights.

Creamy Pesto Sun-Dried Tomato Chicken Pasta

Makes 8 servings

1 box of Barilla pasta, any variety will work. I like using rotini shaped pasta

1  6.2-ounce jar Barilla Creamy Genovese Pesto

3 ounces sliced sun-dried tomatoes 

4 pre-cooked grilled chicken breasts, sliced into large pieces

Cook the pasta following the instructions on the box. Once the pasta is cooked, drain the water. While the cooked pasta is still hot, stir in the sun-dried tomatoes and sliced chicken pieces.

Tip:  To save even more time in the kitchen, buy a cooked rotisserie chicken and slice it up to replace the grilled chicken breasts. If you prefer, you can make this recipe with your favorite gluten-free pasta

For recipe inspiration, please visit barilla.com 

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Ben said...

Aww yeah. That looks delicious, and it's super easy. It doesn't get better than that!

Pam said...

I'm all about quick and easy meals. I use barilla sauces and pasta a lot.

Sarah Bailey said...

There is nothing quite like a quick and easy meal is there? This sounds absolutely delicious as well, definitely one to try.

Richelle Escat said...

It all sounds delicious.. Thanks for the ideas. Can't wait to try

Beth said...

I prefer pesto sauce to tomato sauce on my pasta. I'll have to try Barilla Creamy Genovese Pesto. It looks like a great choice!

Melanie Edjourian said...

I do love the sound of this recipe. We do love using pesto in various dishes it adds so much flavour.

Ivan Jose said...

Wow, this pesto brand is so versatile. I like that you can do so many things with it.

Sol said...

Wow, I so love Barilla's pasta and sauces and I can't wait to try this too!

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