Did you know that today is World Pasta Day? At my house it’s Barilla World Pasta Day, because we’ll be enjoying a hearty Barilla pasta dish from the “The Modern Family Pasta Cookbook”. Perhaps, I will make their recipe for Barilla Lemon Spaghetti tonight. The cook book is filled with delicious meals that are simple enough to make on a busy week night. My family has an extremely hectic schedule. Several nights per week my grandchildren have very long days with school, tumbling and cheerleading practice. When I say ‘dinner is served’ everyone comes running. It seems someone is always working late or out of town, but when we can all sit down together for a meal it’s a table of 8.
Pasta is Love…
To feed a large family like mine, I rely on pasta quite a bit and spaghetti night is guaranteed at least once per week. Dinner usually starts out looking something like this…
I usually keep it very simple. My typical baked pasta casserole consists of 1 1/2 boxes of Barilla Penne Pasta, 3 jars of Barilla Tomato & Basil Sauce, 1 pound of ground beef, 1 pound of ground sweet Italian sausage, and shredded Mozzarella. It will feed my family of 8 which includes 3 teenagers, plus a little extra for someone to have for lunch the next day. That is If I don’t get into it during the wee hours of the night.
Here I am serving it up to a hungry crowd…
My family is on the go, go, go and sitting down to a nice meal and sharing some quality time is very important to us, but not always easy to do. I know that I am not alone in my plight. According to a recent Barilla survey, while families are making time for dinner, Two-in-five meal-preparers agree it is difficult to find time to prepare dinner in their household.
The survey results also show that pasta is recognized by parents and non-parents as a tasty (88%) and easy (87%) meal option and one that can be prepared using on-hand ingredients from a pantry (82%).
Does your family enjoy a pasta night during the week?
Share the Hug Initiative plus Free Cookbook and Coupon
Visit Barilla on Facebook page to learn more about World Pasta Day and help Barilla donate to Feeding America through Barilla Share A Hug program. Also while supplies last, you can get a free download of “The Modern Family Pasta Cookbook” and a $1 Off Coupon to use on Barilla pasta or sauce products.
I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Barilla. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank-you for participating.