Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Barilla. All opinions are entirely my own
No more Teachers, no more books, no more…Wait.
Wrong season. It’s not the end of the school year, it’s the end of summer. And you know what that means? That means it is back to school for all our little (and not so little) ones. Among all the chaos and drama of Back to School shopping it can be hard to prepare a decent meal. I mean, all summer long you’ve had nothing but free time to make gourmet meals every day, right? And now those days are numbered with school and activities looming.
Well, I don’t know about you, but my summer has been just as hectic as the rest of the year. But now with the added pressure of Back to School shopping I have even less time to make dinner. So today I am hoping to bring you another super simple meal to add to your arsenal of simple healthy meals that you can feed the ravenous unforgiving hordes (aka the family) when dinner time comes around. Around our house Barilla Pasta is a regular staple (seriously, I have shelves full of it in our couponing stockpile). The hubby loves regular spaghetti, but my daughter and I love Rotini. She loves it because of the shape, I like the fact that the shape actually holds on to the sauce. So, step on out to Walmart and pick up some Barilla Pasta and Sauce, a squash and a zucchini and follow along to make our super simple Fun Veggie Shape Pasta.
Bonus, for every box of Barilla Blue Box pasta purchased at Walmart between 8/10/2017 – 10/31/2017, Barilla will donate $1 to No Kid Hungry, up to $50,000. That’s enough to provide 500,000 meals to kids in need. Learn more at nokidhungry.org/onedollar.
I should admit that this recipe didn’t turn out the way I originally intended. I had all kinds of plans for crazy shaped veggies and noodles made from zucchini (that’s in addition to the actual pasta, not instead of). But when it came time to actually execute my grand plan I realized the complicated nature of it. Lots of knife cuts and shaping and stuff, and sometimes I’m not so coordinated with the knives and the sharp edges, etc. Plus, some of the kitchen gadgets I was going to use are still MIA from moving a few months ago. So, I had to come up with a backup plan. That involved cookie cutters (hey, they’re not just for cookies anymore).
You see, this recipe is designed to sneak some vegetables into your kids (or mine). One of the tried and true ways to do that is to let them help make it. And to present the food in fun shapes. Ok, so that is two of the tried and true ways, not one. Just go with it. The alternative to get my kid to eat something is load it up with sugar or chocolate. And I’ve been told that’s not super healthy (Buddy the Elf would disagree, but we aren’t working with elf food groups).
Check out our fun video to see the process of building our Fun Shape Veggie Pasta.
- 1 Box of Barilla Rotini
- 1 Jar of Barilla Tomato and Basil Sauce
- 1 Yellow Squash
- 1 Zucchini
- 2 Cloves of Garlic, minced
- 2 Tbsp. Olive Oil
- Italian Seasoning
- Parmesan Cheese
- Fill up a pot ½ to ¾ full with water and heat until boiling.
- Slice up the Zucchini and Squash into cookie sized slices (about ¼ to 3/8 inch thick)
- Use cookie cutters to cut them into fun shapes
- Pour your olive oil into a skillet over medium-high heat
- Add in the minced garlic and mix around
- Switch over to your boiling water, sprinkle in some salt and add pasta, stir often
- Add the Zucchini and Squash to the oil and cook until they are heated through and begin to get tender
- Sprinkle in Italian seasoning as you like
- Add Tomato and Basil sauce to the veggies, heating through
- When the sauce is heated through and the pasta is cooked, drain off your pasta and serve.
I know, that is like a super-complicated recipe. But that’s the beauty of it. My daughter proceeded to literally scarf it down because it tasted good, it was fun, and she helped make it (hint, she has the smaller hands in our video).
Barilla Tomato Basil Sauce
Barilla Rotini Pasta
Low Glycemic Index, keeping you fuller, longer
Enriched with Iron and B Vitamins