Category: Pastas

Potato Chip Mac and Cheese

Potato Chip Mac and Cheese


Potato Chip Mac and Cheese is the recipe my friends have been requesting since before I even started my website. This is the one I turn to when I wanna overindulge.  It’s holiday table worthy and extraordinary for an ‘any-day’ food hug. This recipe has a way of making you feel like you just chatted with your oldest friend. I pull out of my hat when I’m feeling a need for pure comfort or a bowl of cheesy happiness that words just can’t pinpoint…..  I’d much rather let my potato chip mac and cheese say it for me, and it does.

Mediterranean Rotini Pasta Salad

Mediterranean Rotini Pasta Salad

Mediterranean Rotini Pasta Salad is perfect for SPRING!

Spring has SPRUNG! It’s time to usher in the warmer weather with this refreshing Mediterranean Rotini Pasta Salad. I seriously dread having it in the house because I can’t stop eating it till it’s gone. On a the bright side it’s easy to make, and have on hand to accompany a main dish or partner up with a leafy green for a duo salad night.

Volcano Basil Asparagus Spaghetti

Volcano Basil Asparagus Spaghetti

Basil Asparagus Spaghetti
This pesto spaghetti is shaped like a volcano and so divine on the palate.

This past summer my family and I traveled all throughout Italy. It had been a destination on my bucket list for many moons, not only for the historical sites but for the delicious food. Italian cuisine sits high amongst my favorites and I couldn’t wait to dig into a plate of authentic pasta. I learned from my Italian excursion that the most simple sauce is always best. (more…)

Spicy Fideo Fully Loaded

Spicy Fideo Fully Loaded

This fideo is made with Barilla's cut spaghetti and cooked in a spicy broth. Garnish with panela cheese, avocado, fried egg, corn nuts, cilantro and fresh lime juice. Spicy fideo fully loaded you'll never want it any other way.

Let’s talk about Fideo… My Mom and I are fans of a nice bowl of spicy fideo. We pride ourselves on who makes it better. We try and impress each other with fully loaded versions of our favorite sopa de fideo. Sometimes I make it super soupy and (more…)

Poblano Mushroom Barilla Mac And Cheese

Poblano Mushroom Barilla Mac And Cheese

Poblano mushroom mac and cheese made with Barilla pasta.

Ay! My Mom…. I can’t take her anywhere. It was 15 years ago, I was navigating my way through the food scene here in Los Angeles. Trying out all the newest hot spots with the most promising chefs hidden behind closed cooking quarters. Now I couldn’t go out to eat by myself, so a lot of times I would drag my best companion along with me, my Mom. Even though she would kick and scream the (more…)

Chipotle Albondigas And Barilla Spaghetti

Chipotle Albondigas And Barilla Spaghetti

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Barilla, however, my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive sentiments towards Barilla or their products.

Chipotle albondigas and spaghetti. A beautiful latin take on the spaghetti and meatballs. Soooo good, you'll be slurping up the whole plate before you know it.

You know that feeling you get when you’re eating something that encompasses your tastes from your youth and combines them with your adult palate… That’s how I feel about my chipotle albondigas and spaghetti. It’s just so good, that the entire table falls silent when I serve it. I swear I’m not sounding my own siren, I’m just giving you the facts. It’s the albondigas in spicy chipotle sauce that remind me of my days as a teenager eating with my Grandpa, and the thick spaghetti cooked al dente that plays to my adult happiness.

A few weeks ago I flew to the Barilla headquarters in Chicago and was lucky enough to cook in their kitchen. I felt like Charlie in Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. I was given carte blanche to anything in the fridge and pantry, and told I had 40 minutes to make something…. and that something had to BE GOOD!  When I heard that I had an itsy-bitsy anxiety attack. I quickly scanned the fridge and found ground beef and ground pork… I immediately thought of my Grandpa’s albondigas and how he mixes the two meats. I went to the pantry and sure enough they had some chipotle peppers in adobo sauce on hand, and I then knew exactly what I was making, suddenly I felt all the little ghost butterflies exiting my stomach. I ran over to the area where the wall of Barilla pasta resides with confidence and looked carefully over the many varieties before I settled on a thick spaghetti. I just love that Barilla delivers a trusted product of superior quality, providing me with pasta that does not stick or clump and a flavor that compliments my traditional Hispanic ingredients. Here’s my recipe so you can make it at home. I made it for friends this past weekend, and the table was silent.

Ingredients for chipotle albondigas and spaghetti. Just a few items for this delicious dish.

Ingredients for Chipotle Albondigas And Barilla Spaghetti:

  • 1 – pound ground beef
  • 1 – pound ground pork
  • 1 – egg
  • 1/4 – cup bread crumbs
  • 4 – cloves garlic (peeled and minced small)
  • 1 – teaspoon chile flakes
  • 1/2 – teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/8 – cup fresh cilantro leaves (chopped)
  • 9 – springs of green onion (white part only – minced)
  • salt and black pepper to taste
  • 2 – tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 – cup onion (chopped)
  • 4 – cups chopped tomatoes
  • 2 – chipotle peppers (minced)
  • 1 1/2 – tablespoons adobo sauce
  • 1 – cup tomato sauce
  • 1 – pound Barilla thick spaghetti (no.7)
  • parmesan cheese for garnish


  1. In a large bowl combine ground beef, ground pork, egg, bread crumbs, garlic, chile flakes, dried oregano, cilantro leaves, green onion, salt and pepper with your hands. Once mixture is combined, pinch a small amount of meat into a ball and roll to create meatball. Roll all meat until you have about 20 meatballs.
  2. In a large pan over a medium flame add in olive oil and allow it to get hot.
  3. Add in meatballs and brown on all sides for about 10 minutes. Frying albondigas for a spicy chipotle spaghetti dinner.
  4. Add in onion to meatballs and saute for about 3 minutes. Chopped onion sautés with albondias and awaits the sauce.
  5. Then add in tomatoes, chipotle peppers, adobo sauce, and tomato sauce. Mix to combine. Allow to cook another 2 to 3 minutes. Albondiagas simmer in chipotle tomato sauce..
  6. While albondigas (meatballs) are cooking bring a big pot filled halfway with water to a boil. Cook spaghetti to according to the box. Barilla think spaghetti (no. 7) about to be boiled
  7. Drain the pasta then add it to the meatball mixture. Barilla thick spaghetti being added to albondigas in a spicy chipotle sauce
  8. Mix it and serve in a big platter.
  9. Garnish with parmesan cheese. Chipotle albondigas and thick Barilla spaghetti
  10. Enjoy!
This is a sponsored post on behalf of Barilla, however, my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive sentiments towards Barilla or their products.
Steak Picado With Barilla Pasta

Steak Picado With Barilla Pasta

Steak picado and barilla pasta #ItsPossibleWithBarilla

I always knew when we were going to have steak picado in my house. My grandfather who was a butcher for most of his working life would bring home a sirloin steak and cut it into cubes. This ritual was usually followed with him chopping up bell peppers, tomatoes, onions, and jalapeños. A little drizzle of oil would carefully get circled into the hot pan and then a sizzle of raw meat quickly followed as it touched the scorching cast iron pan. I would unfailingly offer my services, and he would respond by telling me ” just sit down and keep me company, or you can wash the dishes as I cook.” I would do a little of both, as I looked over my shoulder trying to learn the tricks of the trade. He was such a creature of habit with the routine sprinkle of spices on the meat… a pinch of cumin, oregano, and salt.  While the meat simmered he would start on the rest of the meal and make a starch as an accompaniment, usually a pan of refried beans. At the time I wasn’t a fan of beans, so considering that I was his co-pilot (or as my aunts and uncles referred to me: spoiled granddaughter ) he would make me a small side of fideo, or conchas, or estrellas to eat with my soon to be made steak picado. That’s the way I came to love it as a young kid, and still crave the pasta companion to this day with my steak picado. A few years ago, I decided instead of making the pasta on the side, why not add it directly into the steak picado? This would allow for the pasta to soak up all the flavor of the liquid and I would be able to satisfy the best of both worlds in one pot. Fortunately for me Barilla has a wide selection of high quality pastas to choose from, sometimes I may add a handful of cut spaghetti, or stelline (little stars), or shells, or elbows, or collezione. They all work and they all have that special taste that takes me right back to being a little girl eating steak picado and pasta with my Grandpa.

Ingredients for steak picado with Barilla pasta  #ItsPossibleWithBarilla

Ingredients for Steak Picado Pasta:

  • 2 to 3 pounds sirloin steak (cut into 1 1/2 inch cubes)
  • 1/2 – teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 – teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 – teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 – teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 – tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 – onion (chopped)
  • 1 – yellow bell pepper (sliced into 1/2 inch pieces)
  • 1 – red bell pepper (sliced into 1/2 inch pieces)
  • 2 – jalapeños (stems removed – sliced in half)
  • 5 – garlic cloves (roughly chopped)
  • 4 – tomatoes (chopped)
  • 3 – bay leaves
  • 1/2 – teaspoon chile flakes
  • 2 – cups beef broth
  • 1/2 – pound Barilla pasta (I used collezione)


  1. Add meat to bowl and sprinkle with cumin, salt, oregano, and black pepper. Mix with hands. Steak cubed for steak picado #ItsPossibleWithBarilla
  2. In a large cast iron pan or dutch oven over a medium high flame add in olive oil. Allow to get hot.
  3. Add in cubed steak and sear on each side until browned about 2 minutes. Remove meat from pan and set to the side. seared steak #ItsPossibleWithBarilla
  4. In the same pan sauté onion, yellow bell pepper, red bell pepper, jalapeños, and garlic for about 10 minutes or until onion is slightly translucent. Sauteed vegetables #ItsPossibleWithBarilla
  5. Add in tomatoes and cook for an additional 5 minutes.
  6. Add browned meat back to the pan with sautéed veggies. Mix to combine. cooked steak with vegetables #ItsPossibleWithBarilla
  7. Add in bay leaves, chile flakes, and beef broth. The broth should just barely cover the meat. beef broth #ItsPossibleWithBarilla
  8. Bring the mixture to a boil, then cover with a lid, and lower the flame to a simmer. Cook for 40 minutes.
  9. When the meat is close to being done, cook pasta according to box. cooking collezione barilla #ItsPossibleWithBarilla
  10. Then remove from water and add directly into steak picado. pasta goes into the steak picado #ItsPossibleWithBarilla
  11. Mix it in to combine. Steak picado with Barilla pasta #ItsPossibleWithBarilla
  12. Serve and enjoy!

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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of Barilla, however,  my opinions are entirely my own, and I have not been paid to publish positive sentiments towards Barilla or their products.