Nov 21, 2011

Barilla Whole Wheat Pasta Giveaway-3 Winners!

For those of you who have been reading my blog for a while you know that Brett and I pledged to eat better last February. In honor of heart health month we went off fast food for a month and started meatless Mondays. 10 months later, we are eating fast food again (sigh, I'm a healthy eater most of the time) but we are eating meatless 2-3 times a week. Another change that we made was adding more whole grains into our diets.

I don't mind brown rice for the most part. I'm not going to use it for fried rice (tonight's dinner) but I use it in place of most of my recipes now. Whole gain pasta has not hit my radar since I tried it 4 years ago and I didn't like it. It was too chewy and it didn't taste good. But what can motivate this blogger to try it again with an open mind? Free product of course! I was sent an awesome pasta kit from Barilla to try their whole grain pasta.

Included in my kit was
  • Barilla Whole Grain Linguine, Thin Spaghetti, Spaghetti, Medium Shells, Rotini, Penne
  • A Barilla Apron
  • Academia Barilla 100% Olive Oil
  • Academia Barilla Balsamic Vinegar of Modena-aged 3 years
  • Academia Barilla Pesto Alla Genovese
  • Academia Barilla Canned Cherry Tomatoes
  • Academia Barilla Sicilian Sea Salt w/ Italian Olive
I opened my kit on Friday morning and I decided that I had everything I needed to make dinner on Saturday night without going to the store. This was a huge plus since my pantry was looking a little sad. On Saturday night I told my husband to have an open mind while we ate our dinner.
My kit ingredients that I used.

Creamy Pesto Pasta with Shrimp
8oz linguine
2 t Academia Barilla Pesto Alla Genovese
2T Academia Barilla 100% Olive Oil
1/2 pound shrimp
1/2 cup half and half
1 T butter
Academia Barilla Sicilian Sea Salt w/ Italian Olive-for the pasta water

1. Bring a large pot of water to boil and cook pasta according to package directions.
2. Meanwhile-peel and devein the shrimp.
3. Heat olive oil in a large skillet and sauté shrimp. Remove from heat when cooked.

4. Heat half and half in a small sauce pan and melt butter.

5. Stir in pesto sauce.

6. Pour pesto cream sauce over drained pasta.

7. Add shrimp to the pasta mixture and toss.

8. Plate and top with Parmesean cheese (optional)
The Verdict?
Not only did we love the sauce recipe that I made up as I went along, we really liked the pasta. (This was huge for Brett who normally doesn't like pesto) It isn't chewy unlike the last brand I tried. The pasta has a great taste and if you have picky kids like mine there is a huge bonus to whole grain pasta. It's a dark tan color so the pasta wasn't green. Meaning your kids can't decide that they don't like it just because it's green.
And even though Barilla sent me six boxes of pasta to try, I couldn't resist the combination of a great sale on Barilla pasta combined with a coupon yesterday at Albertsons. So I bought four more boxes of the whole grain pasta-I think I'm good on pasta for a few weeks since I now have 9 pounds of it in my house. So thank you Barilla, you have officially converted me to your whole grain pasta. Now I can feel less guilty about how often I serve my family pasta since the whole grain pasta has three times the fiber of regular pasta. Now that I think about it, we'll probably be out of pasta by January since we eat it all the time. You can get some coupons from Barilla on their Facebook page.

Update-Barilla has made it an even easier for you to take the Whole Grain Taste & Share Challenge! For a limited time, visit:, enter box code 1129 and select two of your Facebook friends to share Whole Grain with. You'll be instantly eligible to print a $1/2 coupon and your friends will each receive a $1/1 coupon good for any variety of Barilla Whole Grain pasta."

Win It
Want to win the same great kit from Barilla that I received? Barilla will send one kit to a three lucky winners. The contest is open to US residents over 18. Only entries on the rafflecopter form will count.

“I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Barilla and received the kit pictured above to thank me for taking the time to participate.”


  1. I am a plain old angel hair pasta girl!

  2. I love Linguine for regular pasta and Tortellini for a stuffed pasta.
    bethelderton59 at gmail dot com

  3. I love stuffed pasta shells

    autumnkitty at gmail dot com

  4. My favorite is spaghetti ... I know, not too original but it is my favorite! :-)
    reducefootprints at gmail dot com

  5. I like the Piccolini Wheels shape, I use it for every thing!

  6. I like bow tie pasta it's a fun shape

  7. Bow tie pasta

  8. Love the angel hair pasta, love your recipe looks soooo delicious!

  9. yummy! love it, going to make this after the leftover turkey is gone!

  10. Medium shells are my fave...Mom used to make us hot steamy bowls of shells smothered in butter when we were sick as kids. I love that they come in Whole Grain now!

  11. oh they have a great recipe for Barilla Whole Grain Rotini with Braised Fennel, Carrots and Spring Onions that I'd love to try!

  12. I love all pasta but am very partial to ziti.
    Michelle W.

  13. My favorite pasta shape is penne!


  14. We eat the spaghetti all the time!
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  15. LOVE farfalle pasta!!!! aka bow tie pasta!
    14earth at gmail dot com

  16. My favorite is angel hair.

    sarajwood21 at gmail dot com

  17. Favorite shape - thin spaghetti.
    Thank you.
    barbara dot montyj at gmail dot com

  18. I like the linguini and the shells as favorites. Rita Spratlen


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