Visa Gift Card & Barilla PLUS Pasta Giveaway!

Good morning!

I have a giveaway on the docket for you guys today — for one of my favorite pasta brands, Barilla PLUS!


Matt and I are big fans of pasta for dinner, especially when meat sauce and lots of veggies are involved — it’s one of our standard go to weeknight meals. Barilla PLUS is actually the brand of pasta I usually buy at the store, so when they reached out to me about doing a giveaway, I was fully on board! Their pastas are whole grain and higher in protein and fiber than traditional pasta; they are also a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, but they taste just like normal pasta.


Barilla sent me a gift card and some pasta to create a feast with, and that we did!


Into the mix went tomato, basil, zucchini, peppers, mushrooms, and some lean ground turkey.



Matt sautéed the veggies together in some olive oil and garlic, plus pepper.


Meanwhile, we seared the meat in a separate pan with some cooking spray and garlic; when it was fully cooked, we mixed it in with some tomato sauce, which was heating in another pot.

We threw it all on top of the spaghetti… et voila!


Delicious. My favorite thing about this “recipe” is that it’s not really a recipe — every time we make it it’s a little different. So much room for creativity!


And now it’s your turn to create your own fun Barilla PLUS meal!

Barilla is offering a $25 Visa gift card and 2 boxes of pasta to one lucky fANNEtastic food reader. Here’s how to enter to win — each option is an additional entry.

  1. Leave a comment on this post telling me your favorite pasta recipe, or what you would make if you won this giveaway. I’ll go first — my other pasta recipe faves are my Simple Mediterranean Pasta Salad and my Tuna & Veggie Pasta Salad!
  2. Follow me on twitter if you aren’t already, then tweet about this contest (include a link to this post and @fannetasticfood). Leave another comment telling me you tweeted.
  3. If you have a blog, mention and link back to this contest in one of your posts, and then leave another comment letting me know you blogged about it.

Be sure to post a separate comment for each entry option you do.

U.S. residents only, please. Good luck! I’ll pick a winner tomorrow (Friday, August 31) morning.

Disclaimer: Barilla is neither a sponsor nor an administrator of this contest, but I received a gift card and pasta in order to create my recipe for this post.


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    This time of year I love to include winter squash in my pasta dishes- pureed it makes it creamy and when it is roasted it adds so much dimension and flavor. Also- if you add bacon + butternut squash to anything it tastes amazing!

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    My lighter version of roasted red pepper sauce is my favorite pasta dish!

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    I love a healthy chicken parmesan, using grilled chicken breasts and low fat cheese.

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    Baked ziti

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    I love to mix my favorite tomato basil pasta sauce from Trader Joes with lean ground beef or turkey and lots of different veggies, like zucchini, broccoli, peas, and mushrooms. I top it with some fresh parm or asiago cheese :)

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    last winter i made a cashew “cream” sauce…to DIE for!

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    I love penne with fresh mozzarella and fresh basil and tomatoes from the garden. Simple but delicious!

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    I love making lasagna rollups with spinach and mozzarella, topped with tomato sauce – so easy and delicious! Otherwise, arrabiata is my go to. Love spicy pasta sauce!

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    I would make my Nana’s crab gravy (red tomato sauce) with pasta :)

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    I also tweeted! @wholefoodjunkie

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    Pasta with smoked salmon, lemon, dill and creme fraiche!

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    I love whole wheat penne tossed with artichoke hearts, cherry tomatoes, shrimp, and EVOO!

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    I’m a big fan of adding veggies like you – typically sauteed zucchini, summer squash and red onion, with wilted spinach and a few Trader Joe’s Veggie Meatballs.

    Always red sauce. Always whole-grain pasta. Yum!

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    I’m pregnant and I’ve been craving a simple veggie alfredo with steamed broccoli… yummmm

  16. 20

    My favorite way to make pasta is with fresh pesto, toasted pine nuts, and a little extra Parmesean. I grew my first basil plant this year which makes the sauce even more delicious!

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    yum! i use this pasta too. i like it with chicken, veggies, and pesto.

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    I’ve been getting a ton of tomatoes from friends gardens and my CSA so I’ve made a lot of homemade pasta sauce. It gets better each time I make it.

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    Stephanie says:

    I’d make a pasta dish with goat cheese in spicy tomato sauce, using red pepper flakes. The heat from the pepper and the creaminess of the cheese balance each other so well. I had this dish in a restaurant and was able to nearly replicate it at home, so now it’s a favorite!

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    I tried out a new chicken spaghetti recipe this week…it was so good and so easy! I definitely plan on making it again and this would help :)

  21. 26

    I love classic spaghetti and meatballs, especially Barefoot Contessa’s version!

  22. 27

    I would make good old spaghetti with homemade red sauce. That is my ultimate comfort dinner!!

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    Tweeting now :)

  24. 29

    I love to make pasta primavara with fresh veggies! I also love to make a creamy sauce with goat cheese!

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    lightened baked ziti or just a simple sauce with lots of veggies!

  26. 31

    My favorite way to eat pasta is mixed with italian sausage, spinach (or asparagus) and ricotta cheese!

  27. 32

    I would make my moms spaghetti recipe!

  28. 33

    I love making homemade tomato sauce and incorporating a lot of veggies. My favorite to include are zucchini, mushrooms, and asparagus! Yum!

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    Already following you on Twitter! @rebschaefer

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    I am making pasta with fresh pesto sauce tonight! Nothing beats pesto made fresh as the pasta is boiling…and the basil is growing like crazy now in the garden! Mmmm my mouth is watering now…

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    My favorite pasta “recipe” is chicken scampi! I love that you can add in whatever fresh veggies you have on hand, and I lighten it by using olive oil instead of butter (although, the buttery version IS a special treat now and again). I also just love a simple marinara and meat sauce over thin spaghetti. Nothing says “comfort food” more than that. Thanks for the chance to win!

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    I would definately be able to use up the two baskets of plum tomatoes and eggplant that I picked from my garden this morning! :)

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    I follow you on Twitter and just tweeted the giveaway:

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    I would make my favorite pasta dish…saute veggies with spinach and nutritional yeast.

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    my fav pasta recipe is to take a whole squash and zucchini chopped up and cooked in the tomato sauce. then take chicken sausage (pre cooked) and chop and add to sauce as well. Serve over pasta! Its got veggies, protein and carbs- perfect for pre race meal!

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    Katherine says:

    My favorite pasta dish is one that a local restaurant by me makes. It has eggplant, olives, capers, tomatoes, and lots of garlic- absolute perfection!

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    Kristen P. says:

    I love Barilla Plus…I actually always buy this brand. My favorite pasta recipe is sauteed veggies like asparagus, zucchini, broccoli and spinach with shrimp served over pasta tossed with pesto! I like the all green veggies along with the green from the pesto and the yummy shrimp

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    I buy the Barilla Plus thin spaghetti all the time. If I won, I would make my favorite pasta dish, chicken piccatta. Yum!

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    This time of year I love to make pesto with basil from the garden and serve if on a fun shaped pasta like rotini that really grabs the pesto :)

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    I love pasta for dinner! So much so that my boyfriend put me on pasta lock down for a bit – he got sick of it, but I didn’t! Pasta with tons of veggies and some sort of protein i.e. beans, tuna or chicken sausage with herbs and olive oil is my favorite!

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    Mmm my favorite pasta is just good, old fashioned bolognese with meatballs, plus some veggies thrown in!

  44. 52

    my favorite pasta recipe is a pumpkin mac and cheese. with fall on the way… i’m already getting excited about making it!

  45. 54

    Having my daughters over tonight to make our favorite pasta dish. Spaghetti with ham, asparagus and fresh mozzarella.

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    Stephanie says:

    Love Barilla Plus! I usually just thrown some protein and veggies in a pan and whatever spices I can get my hand on, top with sauce and throw over noodles. Never the same and always tasty :)

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    My favorite is to saute baby spinach and cherry tomatoes with garlic and a tiny bit of olive oil, then toss with spaghetti, chopped artichoke hearts, basil, and an Italian cheese blend. I’ll add a 1/2 cup of white beans if I need some additional protein. SO GOOD!

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    My favorite meal is much like yours. Ground turkey, spinach, mushrooms, zucchini, and whatever else is around to throw in and topped with marinara sauce.

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    Caprese pasta – tossed with raw tomatoes, fresh basil, mozzarella and a little balsamic vinegar and olive oil!

  50. 60

    There are so many ways that I love to eat pasta! But I would say our favorite is classic spaghetti and meatballs. I buy Barilla Plus in the store to, so I would love to win some! :)

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    It would be a Greek Paste Salad: Pasta, chickpeas, tomatoes, cucumbers, olives, feta cheese. Tossed with a fat free Greek yogurt, reduced fat mayo, garlic paste, lemon juice, fresh mint and oregano.

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    I would make my daughter’s favorite chili mac.

  53. 63

    My favorite way to enjoy pasta is with pesto and sun-dried tomatoes. I prefer whole grain pasta as well :)

  54. 64

    Just like the Kate commenting above me, I love pasta with pesto sauce, sun-dried tomatoes, and a sprinkle of freshly-grated parmesan!

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    I like to keep it simple with just pasta and pesto!

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    I love pasta. One of my favorite pasta dishes is a lasagna I make in the fall that has roasted pumpkin, tomato and eggplant in it. It also contains pesto, feta, ricotta, and mozzarella..and whatever other vegetables I happen to thrown in it. So good.

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    My go-to is ground pork, chopped tomatoes, broccoli, green peppers, and lots of garlic!

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    Billie Jean says:

    I love simple pasta recipes… Like whole grain pasta with roasted tomatoes, peppers and grilled mushrooms!

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    Billie Jean says:

    Following and Tweeted!

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    Stephanie says:

    I always use whole wheat. I recently made the Olive Oil Pasta with Walnuts, Lentils, and Red Peppers from Oh She Glows. Ingredients sounded so strange on the page that I had to try it. Turned out awesome!

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    I made this recipe for broccoli spaghetti from Real Simple recently – it was great!

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    I take a few handfuls of spinach,can of artichoke hearts, 2 garlic cloves, fresh basil, drizzle of e.v.o.o., dash of sea salt and pepper, blend all together in food processor. Add tomato paste or marina to the mixture. Boil pasta until al dente and mix all together and top with favorite parmesan cheese.

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    Crystal Black says:

    I love Barilla pasta. My favorite is a bowl of spaghetti topped with a Sunflower seed pesto and five cheese mix. It’s so good and light, especially in the summer.

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    Melissa Fleming says:

    My favorite all time pasta dish is fresh pest over any size pasta (either spaghetti or bow ties) with grape tomatoes and fresh mozzarella! It’s super simple but delicious!!

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    Allison W says:

    My all time favorite pasta is a roasted red pepper gorgonzola pasta recipe I have from an agriturismo that we stayed in in Italy. It’s much too fattening to eat often so it’s a special occasion pasta!

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    Caitlin F. says:

    My favorite pasta dish is my grandma’s homemade pesto linguini with lemon chicken. It is the very best & I request it every time I visit.

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    Hi Anne,

    First off, I want to say I love your blog…always inspiring! My favorite pasta recipe this time of year (with the great bounty of delicious tomatoes and basil) is whole wheat penne pasta with tomatoes cooked in olive oil and flavored with salt, pepper and red pepper flakes mixed in with melty fresh mozzarella balls and fresh basil. So simple, yet so delicious!

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    Danielle J says:

    I love throwing in a ton of roasted veggies and marinara. A little goat cheese and fresh basil on top doesn’t hurt!

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    I love a mixture of vodka sauce, pasta, chicken and frozen peas and carrots – yum!

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    Christine says:

    One of my favorite pasta recipes is Giada’s Tuna Pasta Salad. It is authentic and delicious from the canned italian tuna, olives and capers. Great giveaway

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    I love to make a vegetable lasagna thanks

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    I love this pesto shrimp pasta I’ve made a few times. It’s soooo good!

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    My favorite pasta is penne with homemade vodka sauce, so good!

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    I like to keep it simple and make a basic tomato sauce with a little kick, just as I learned to do when I lived in Rome. My favorite pasta dish is Bucatini all’Amatriciana, though I can never seem to find the bucatini!

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    I’m going to make the “recipe” you just posted with the current bounty in my garden!

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    I’m all about the fun noodles – cavatappi etc. or even a simple spaghetti but adding a ton of veggies, some italian herbs, and homemade marinara…oh and tons of garlic. Yum!

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    I like shrimp/seafood da friavolo on top of spaghetti.

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    I love making pasta covered in fresh pesto, with some spinach, tomato, and feta thrown in for extra flavor and texture.

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    I agree with you – just a simple meat and marinara sauce over pasta is perfect. Especially with a little bit of parmesan sprinkled over the top. I could eat it every day!

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    My favorite pasta recipe comes from an Italian restaurant near my Alma Matter.
    Angel hair pasta, capers, chopped olives, tomatoes, and asparagus tips all dressed with a little lemon juice, olive oil, and Italian seasoning.

  82. 95

    I love making fresh veggie & pasta dishes!! Whatever is fresh from at the farmer’s market, tossed with some Barilla plus.. amazing.

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    My favorite “comfort food” pasta dish is chicken riggies! I make mine using a combination of vodka, garlic alfredo, and marinara sauces, lots of fresh mushrooms, zucchini, and green peppers. May need to run to the store for the ingredients soon!

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    I love pasta with broccoli, garlic and oil.

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    I love this Italian Sausage Soup, which I make with whole wheat pasta shells. It only has 7 ingredients yet is extremely flavorful:

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    I absolutely 100% love chicken riggies. They’re an upstate NY phenomenon! Creamy sauce with rigatoni, the spicyness of cherry peppers, crisp green and red peppers, and diced chicken. I make them about once a month and look forward to it every time. I try to make them healthier using substitutions and usually use whatever kind of past a I have on hand. Soooooooo good!

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    Love Barilla products! I like to keep it simple. A fresh, simple homemade pasta sauce with fresh grated Parmesan, and I’m a happy girl!

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    I love roasting turkey kielbasa slices with veggies like cauliflower, red bell pepper, carrots and anything else we have with different spices each time. smoked paprika and garlic are my faves. Then add those with the pasta and 1/2 c of pasta cooking water and chopped spinach.

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    S. Wilkerson says:

    Pasta, fresh tomatoes and mozzarella – yum!

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    Definitely love my veggie lasagna with extra cheese!

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    i love a combo of bbq sauce and tomato sauce + shredded chicken and grilled veggies.

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    My kids love any pasta with a little garlic, butter & olive oil, lots of chopped olives & tomatoes and Italian spices!

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    My favorite recipe is spaghetti with meat sauce – only my sauce contains a secret ingredient: BACON!!!

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    I love roasting vegetables in EVOO and fresh garlic then tossing in pasta :) So light and summery!

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    I love any pasta stuffed or mixed with ricotta cheese. Yum!

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    Pasta with garlic and homemade breadcrumbs from Cooks Country.

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    Carolyn C. says:

    I love pasta with shrimp, a basil/pesto mix, ripe cherry tomatoes, and just a touch of feta cheese. Delish!

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    My favorite lately is roasted garden veggie pasta – so good with all of the fresh vegetables available from my parents garden!

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    I tweeted and already follow you on twitter

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    I love any pasta with lots of veggies and seafood in it! Just no cream sauces:)

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    i like to top my pasta with sauce, ground turkey, and spinach!

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    In the summer, I love whole wheat penne with some roasted cherry tomatoes and squash, a touch of butter, and some grated pecorino. Yum!

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    For me it would be roasted veggies tossed with shells and a simple sprinkle of parmesean cheese.

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    I would do a home made alfredo sauce with chicken on top.

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    I’d love to make my grandmothers homemade pasta sauce and have the family over for dineer !

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    I like mixing Barilla’s spaghetti with spaghetti squash and canned diced tomatoes with Italian Seasoning.

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    I am a huge fan of pasta with sauteed spinach, Italian seasoning, and a little Parmesan cheese. Perfection!

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    I would make a Skinny Pesto Pasta with Whole Wheat Linguini

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    I tweeted your contest

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    i blogged with a link to your contest

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    I am boring but I like marinara with lots of cheese!

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    Just tweeted about Barilla Plus Pasta Giveaway

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    I would make my grandmother’s Italian spaghetti recipe using the Barilla Plus Pasta for the delicious sauce that takes all day to cook. My mother was Italian and she tweaked the recipe. I have used both my mom’s and my grandmom’s recipe and “sorry” mommy, I like Nana’s best.I’m 62 years old so you can imagine how old the recipe is. haha

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    Pasta dishes are so great, and they heat up even better for lunches the next day– i’d have to go with chicken pesto yummm!

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    One of my recent favorite pasta recipes is from Pioneer Woman-pasta puttanesca!

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    Cellabella says:

    I love Pasta Primavera and or anything with a cream sauce ;)

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    Heather C says:

    I desperately want to try my hand at making my own spaghetti sauce!

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    If I won I would make a shrimp pasta dish with a light cream sauce. Thanks!

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    I follow you on twitter(kellydpa) and tweeted

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    I like long pastas like linguine and spaghetti with olive oil, salt, garlic, crushed red pepper, and parmesan cheese. Simple pastas can be extra delicious.

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    When I make pasta, I typically make almost an identical dish to what you did! So that is what I would do!

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    My favorite pasta recipe is pretty much what you did here – sauce with sauteed veggies and ground meat (except I prefer beef over turkey). That or a simple sauce of fresh tomatoes, garlic, olive oil and basil.

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    My go to pasta dish is to saute veggies in a pan, mix in some lemon juice, red pepper flakes, pasta water, cheese, chickpeas and then toss with pasta. Delicious!

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    I am a huge fan of Barilla pasta too! I use it all the time. Your pasta dish looks fabulous. My go to pasta meal is a pesto pasta, featured here

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    I love good old fashioned spaghetti. with elbow noodles instead of long spaghetti. I guess then it isn’t really spaghetti anymore, is it? Oh well. I still love it!

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    tweeted! @almasdays

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    Jessica T says:

    My favorite pasta recipes is usually a type stir-fry with lots of veggies noodles. I love it because I can use whatever veggies I have in the fridge, add meat for my finance and switch up the spices to vary the meal I love pasta and could eat it for dinner everyday!!

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    Hannah Webb says:

    I would totally make spaghetti and meatballs! It’s a classic.

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    Stefanie Gladden says:

    I would make spaghetti & meatballs, my favorite!!!

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    Stefanie Gladden says:

    following on twitter – @luvx143
    and tweeted –

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    I just made a new dish, Jalapeno Popper Mac and Cheese and it was so good. I cannot get it out of my head.

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    My favorite pasta dish that I would make would be pesto pasta. Nice fresh basil tastes so good!!

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    My favorite pasta recipe is homemade butternut squash mac and “cheese” with the sauce made from squash, nutritional yeast, and Dijon mustard!

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    Gail Brown says:

    I love a simple olive oil fresh tomato sauce with lots of fresh basil and thyme. A recipe snagged from Ina Garten.

    P.S. I’ve subscribed to your blog for about a year. Your emails are like hearing from a good friend.

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    Lindsey Kontovich says:

    I like making a simple summer pasta with noodles, fresh basil from our garden, tomatoes and yummy gooey mozzarella!

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    I would make Jenna’s Linguine with Escarole and Brie from her new book. Thanks for the giveaway!

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    I love making healthy lasagna with lots of veggies, whole wheat noodles, and skim ricotta.

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    I love my pasta with a homemade pesto sauce! Yumm!

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    My favorite pasta recipe combines spaghetti with my Grandma’s meat sauce: whole tomatoes, ground beef browned in bacon fat, Parmesan cheese, oregano, onion, garlic…and a teaspoon of sugar. It’s delish!

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    I;ve been into a pasta with an avocado basil sauce, it is mostly avocado based, so it is healthy and sticks to the pasta wonderfully!

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    Mediterranean Pasta sounds delicious!

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    I’m always trying to get my husband to eat whole grain pasta, so this would be great! My favorite pasta recpie is diced tomatoes, fresh basil, garlic, and a ton of veggies (currently in the rotation-mushrooms yellow/green squash, and tons of baby spinach!)

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    Yumm…pasta with lots of sautéed garlic, spinach and fresh tomatoes is one of my favorite easy dinners!

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    My favorite pasta dish is pasta with shrimp, shredded Brussels sprouts, Parmesan cheese, and red pepper flakes. Simple and delicious!

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    Lots of veggies and marinara — anything and everything like broccoli, artichoke hearts, olives, EVERYTHING!!

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    I love pasta with lemon, feta and oregano! Wonderful summer dish

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    Kelly O-ski says:

    I’m a simple gal, so plain old spaghetti and meatballs would do, but I am a vegetarian, so I eat soy meatballs :).

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    baked ziti – and barilla is the only brand I will use

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    I LOVE a roasted veggie lasagna with loads of mozzarella and cheddar cheese. My favorite that I always request of my Mom to make is stroganoff. So comforting with the sourcream sauce and egg noodles. Yum! Now, I’m hungry for some pasta.

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    my fav recipe is bacon & tomato pasta! id use this for that recipe!

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    I like pasta primavera

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    My favorite recipe is Daily Garnish’s Vegetable Pasta with Miso Tahini Sauce. I have made it soooo many times. It is so easy and delicious!!!

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    meatsauce on pasta!

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    Adventurer says:

    Love the basic — meatballs, sauce, and pasta! But, what I want to win is what YOU made! :-) Thanks!

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    My fave dish is spaghetti pie, delish!

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    One of our family favorites is turkey tetrazini. If I win I am going to go and buy ingredients for something italian with chicken and grilled veggies.
    Thank you for such a great website.

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    Currently this is my favorite pasta recipe it has kale, avocado and olives YUM

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    Love tomato’s from the garden and fresh basil on my pasta.

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    I have this amazing pasta salad recipe….my mom got it from her mom and I have no idea where it originally came from but lots of fresh veggies and a delic italian dressing! I take it with me anytime we go to a potluck and it’s always a hit :)

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    I love linguine with clam sauce.

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    I enjoy whole wheat farfalle pasta with homemade basil pesto and homegrown cherry tomatoes and zucchini.

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    I’d make my asian inspired ground turkey soboro sauce to top the pasta.

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    I like angel hair pasta topped with sauteed tomatoes, basil, garlic and peppers.
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    I was browsing recipes today and a pumpkin sauce with rotini popped up and I’d love to try that! Or recently I got a nice all natural vodka sauce that was amazing and would pair well with any kind of pasta. Topped with some sprinkled parmesan :)

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    Chicken parm is my favorite recipe

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    i follow on twitter @hburmeister

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