My Love of Pasta + a Free Cookbook

by jessicaturner on October 25, 2012

I’m only 25% Italian, but I like to claim it like I’m 100%. I grew up enjoying homemade spaghetti sauce regularly and eating Italian salad almost every night.

Now that I am an adult, I appreciate these amazing meals my mom made even more. Pasta night is still a favorite in our house because it is so good – and so easy. Every mama needs some easy meals to go to.

We rarely eat out as we find that we enjoy what we cook at home more, plus it saves us money. I am constantly looking for quick, nutritious and delicious recipes for our family (as you can see from my Pinterest boards). Italian is always a favorite.

Needless to say, I was really excited when I had the opportunity to learn more about Barilla’s efforts to help families make meal time easier with some new recipes for modern families. (More than 85% of parents find pasta to be an easy and nutritious meal.)

For World Pasta Day (today!) Barilla is giving away a free Modern Family Pasta Cookbook to everyone and $1 off coupons on any Barilla sauce (while supplies last- via Facebook (click on Share a Hug). Added bonus, when you get the coupon, you help Feeding America).

We made the Ditalani Soup with White Beans and seriously LOVED it. So, so good – and easy. (We added some Sherry to give the soup a bit more flavor. I love Sherry in soups.) This definitely is going in our regular meal rotation.I love that it has pasta in it and is a vegetarian option, which is something we don’t do often at meal time.


My favorite part of the soup was the fresh Parmesan on the top – it just melted into the soup- yum!

Here’s the recipe:

Pasta Soup With White Beans
1 1/2 c. Ditalini
3 T. olive oil
1 c. diced onion
1 c. carrots, diced
1/2 c. celery, diced
2 gloves minced garlic
48 oz. chicken broth (I used 60 oz)
2 cans cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
2 cans diced tomatoes
1/4 c. Italian parsley
1 t. oregano
salt and pepper to taste
1 c. shaved Parmigianino-Reggiano cheese

Heat oil in a large stockpot over medium-high heat. Add onion, carrot, celery and garlic. Sauté 3-4 minutes, or until tender, stirring occasionally. Add broth and beans. Heat to simmer. Stir in tomatoes, pasta, parsley, oregano, pepper and sale. Boil 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in 1/2 cup of cheese. Serve topped with remaining cheese.

I definitely encourage you to get Barilla’s free Modern Family Pasta Cookbook in honor of World Pasta Day so you can get this recipe + lots more to make your family a quick and easy meal.

I’d love to know – do you mostly eat at home or eat out? Is pasta in your regular meal rotation?

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.



{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Cara October 25, 2012 at 1:03 pm

Pasta is definitely in our rotation in many different recipes, and we only use Barilla, because it tastes so much better! So you can bet I downloaded that cookbook immediately — thank you!:)

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Stacy October 25, 2012 at 1:21 pm

We rarely eat out because it is so expensive. Pasta is a must in this house. Tonight it’s Spinach Tortellini Soup, a pinterest favorite!

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Bree October 25, 2012 at 2:55 pm

I’m not Italian (obviously :) ). But, we eat pasta at least 1 – 2 times a week. Being a working mom, it’s always a super-easy meal to make. Thanks for letting me know about the free cookbook. Such yummy recipes!

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Janice (5 Minutes for Mom) October 25, 2012 at 7:59 pm

We tend to eat in more than out. And pasta — what can I say — my son LOVES all kinds of it. My Livvie though just likes spaghetti noodles w butter!

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Mrs. G October 26, 2012 at 4:59 am

We eat at home a lot… and when we do go out I usually end up thinking “we could have made that at home and it would have been a lot cheaper!” In the winter we have soup once a week and it’s hard to find soups that aren’t cream based and are filling. This one looks like it meets both our requirements. We will have to try it.

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jessicaturner October 26, 2012 at 9:17 am

You will love it. It definitely meets both requirements. :)

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Jodi - Mom's Favorite Stuff October 26, 2012 at 11:43 am

We try to eat home most of the time. My husband’s family is Italian and we have some wonderful recipes handed down from his grandmother.

That soup looks delicious – I’ll have to try it. I love making soup when the weather is cold.

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Kate October 27, 2012 at 10:13 am

We generally eat out a couple times a week. It’s always a treat on the weekend and a quick fix on weeknights when we’re busy with activities. But, I really love ( and prefer ) quiet nights eating at home. We have pasta about once a week- so many options!

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Danielle Smith October 29, 2012 at 8:23 am

We eat at home all the time – my husband wouldn’t have it any other way :) (I’m going to pretend it is because I’m SUCH an amazing cook :) We do have pasta all the time – and heading in to the cooler months love having more options – this looks divine!

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Dawn Sandomeno October 29, 2012 at 9:29 am

We are Italian, we love Pasta and eat it multiple times per week! The recipe looks great, I am going to give it a try. Thanks!

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Nicole Feliciano October 29, 2012 at 9:33 am

We probably serve pasta 1x a week. We are trying to eat more Paleo–meats and greens and when we do add pasta it is whole wheat and loaded with vegetables. I do like the trend of bring back the family meal. We eat together 6x a week. Your soup looks gorgeous.

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