Category: Pastas

Chickpea Rotini Pesto Pasta Salad

Chickpea Rotini Pesto Pasta Salad

Disclaimer: This blog post is sponsored by Barilla US. All opinions and recipe are solely mine.

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When will this heat let up? Not anytime soon here in California. Usually when the temperatures are scorching I like al fresco dining. Sometimes my family will enjoy dinner in our patio, and other times we will pack up our meal and head out for a picnic in the fresh air.  Doesn’t matter where we decide to eat there is always a salad involved. Lately my go-to meal is a delicious Chickpea Rotini Pesto Salad. I present it as a main meal, and always serve it cold.

I am constantly looking for ways to add more protein and fiber to my salads and have been using @BarillaUS Chickpea Rotini Pasta because it offers just that. Barilla leveraged its more than 140+ years of expertise to create pasta with one simple ingredient – chickpea flour. They offer a delicious taste and always “al dente” texture. Plus it is certified gluten free, and non-GMO Project Verified. Perfect for health- conscious food lovers, like me.

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I usually make a batch of Chickpea Rotini Pesto Pasta Salad and keep it in little bowls in the fridge to grab and eat as a mid-day meal or for a quick dinner. Try the recipe and let me know what you think! You can also check out my IG stories to shop for the ingredients.

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Ingredients for Barilla Chickpea Rotini Pasta Salad in a Pesto Sauce:

  • 1 box Barilla Chickpea Rotini Pasta (cooked according to box instruction)
  • A jar Barilla Pesto Sauce
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • ½ cup pine nuts
  • 1 cup feta cheese
  • ½ cup olives
  • 1 ½ cup arugula
  • ½ cup red onion

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Mix until fully combined! I like to sprinkle a little more pine nuts and feta on top, but this of course is optional.

Enjoy!

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Potato Chip Mac and Cheese

Potato Chip Mac and Cheese

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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.

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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.

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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

Directions:

  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.