Easy Peasy Dinner with Barilla

When GG and I arrived back from an amazing weekend down south last Sunday I didn’t have too much enthusiasm for spending a long time in the kitchen to get our dinner ready. So I was appreciative that a special delivery from Barilla had arrived during the week. It meant that dinner would be ready in a flash. I had a jar of Barilla Ricotta Sauce and a box of Barilla Penne Rigate and a few other ingredients in the fridge that I could throw together for a dinner that was quick and easy but also kicked goals in the flavour stakes.

Penne Rigate with Bacon, Cherry Tomatoes, Spanish Onion and Basil

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Ingredients

  • 1 packet of Barilla Penne Rigate
  • 1 jar of Barilla Ricotta Sauce
  • 6 pieces of short cut bacon diced
  • 1 punnet of cherry tomatoes
  • 1 finely sliced Spanish Onion
  • A good few sprigs of torn up fresh basil
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt and Pepper

First up I followed the instruction on the pasta box and boiled a large pot of water and set the clock for 11 minutes for the pasta to cook.

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Then in a large frying pan I heated a little oil and sautéed the onion and bacon pieces. I then threw in the cherry tomatoes. The jar of sauce is added next and heated through. 

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When the penne was cooked it was drained and added to the frying pan and the sauce was stirred through.

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As easy as that! Load up a big bowlful and add some of the fresh basil and a sprinkle of salt and pepper and mama mia, easy Italian cooking at home! Thank you Barilla – a delicious range of sauces and a wide range of pasta shapes.

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Barilla is the world’s leading producer of pasta and three years ago celebrated its 130th anniversary. In spite of its size, Barilla is still a family owned company with all the pride and passion, which that implies.

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