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




  • 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.


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. 





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





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.




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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