Barilla Pasta – A Favorite In My Home! (Giveaway)

CONTESTS, REVIEWS, REVIEWS & CONTESTS | | May 10, 2010 at 9:09 pm


Congratulations Jennifer!

I review many products, some I like, some I don’t, and some are in-between. There are few that I can safely declare that I use in my home. Barilla pasta is one of them.  Don’t call me a food snob, I have dabbled in other (cheaper) brands but have decided to sticky with Barilla as most of them lack firmness and stick to the pan. I know they are somewhat pricier than other brands but minimizing waste is also saving. My pasta is always al-dente!

It is also the pasta I feed to my girls. I recall my excited when they launched their Picollini range. If the adorable advertisement did not win me over it was the craftsmanship of making the mini pasta shapes.  You can taste the quality. My girls are not a fan of mac’n cheese and though it can make it difficult at parties I am happy about it since most of those meals don’t contain real cheese. We stick with pasta dishes for the girls containing just pasta, some vegetable and a teeny tiny dab of butter (the girls hate butter but I use it sparingly)

My favorite sauce (I won’t go into details about the recipe since I never measure except for baking) is a white sauce with red onions, mushrooms, garlic, black pepper and sweetcorn. Yum! Barilla also has launched a Share The Table campaign. The obvious benefit of bonding with your family is expected but this is what the Share The Table study found

Americans believe that regular family mealtimes have benefits for children that are less immediately obvious, such as higher performance in school (82% agree) and they are less likely to abuse drugs and alcohol (80% agree).

I am pretty guilty of eating on the run and then I have been getting frustrated with my girls for not sitting down until I realized what a bad example I was setting. I noticed just sitting with them allowed them to even try new flavors. Barilla also has a whole grain and Plus range. While not as tasty as the regular Barilla pasta it certainly does not taste like sawdust.

You can win an assortment of Barilla Whole Grain, Barilla PLUS, and Barilla Piccolini pastas

To win tell me what is your favorite pasta dish. Contest closes 18th May 2010 . To earn extra entries, after you have left a comment, do one of the following, but make sure you leave a separate comment entry for each extra thing you do. This gives you additional ways to win the contest.

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Disclosure: I received a sample of the product to review!


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    DeeAnn S says:

    My favorite pasta dish is Macaroni Fill. It’s a combination of different shaped pastas, mimi meatballs, different cheeses, hard boiled eggs, sausage chunks and sauce. Mix together and bake till bubbly. Soooooo good! Thanks.

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    DeeAnn S says:

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    Jennifer B says:

    Lasagna! I could live on it for the rest of my life. Only if made with ricotta ans not cottage cheese

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    Janet F says:

    I like Spaghetti with Olive Oil, garlic and Parmesan Cheese.

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    NJJ says:

    My favorite pasta dish is rotini spaghetti

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    alicia ely says:

    I love a whole wheat fussilli tossed w/ sauteed culiflower, chic peas, onions and red pepper in olive oil and salt

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    Christy says:

    My favorite pasta is fettuccine alfredo but topped with spicy shrimp. It’s sooo good!

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    Lauralee Hensley says:

    My favorite pasta dish is basically any shape of pasta with a garlic alfredo sauce, grilled diced chicken, artichoke hearts, onion, and diced red and green bell pepper, spread in a baking dish and topped with lots of mozarella cheese and warmed in the oven until everything is warmed through and the cheese is lightly browned on top.

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    Donna B. says:

    My favorite is lasagna – lots of cheese, sausage, spinach, eggplant, meat sauce and lots of layers of pasta YUMMM

    Although honestly, I’ve never met a pasta dish I didn’t like :)

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    John says:

    Spaghetti a la Napoli

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    Natalia says:

    Spaghetti bolognese

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    Clarissa says:

    spaghetti with my homemade sause

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    My fave pasta dish happens to be goulash we call it. Its so easy and my family loves it and you can make it with any noodles you have and toss in whatever.

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    I’ve never met a pasta that I didn’t like, but I guess my favorite is lasagna!

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    Andrea H says:

    My favorite pasta dish is lasagna.

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    shannon Baas says:

    tuna casserole

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    Tari L. says:

    My favorite pasta dish would probably have to be lasagna.

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    melissa says:

    Nothing beats good old mac and cheese.

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    Amber G says:

    I love linguine with mussels and shrimp!

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    Sarah D. says:

    My fav pasta dish is Greens and Beans over pasta. very easy to make and very tasty.

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    LaurieAnn says:

    My all time favorite pasta dish is homemade baked mac and cheese! Yum!

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    kamani says:

    love pasta and brocolli

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    Mary Ward says:

    My favorite pasta dish is good old spaghetti!

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    carol says:

    I love Pasta Fagioli.

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    cathiem says:

    I like Pasta Fagoli–beans,tomatoes,garlic,and pasta.

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    paige chandler says:

    Angel Hair Carbonara. Mmmmmmm

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    beth shepherd says:

    Baked Spaghetti is my favorite dish
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    Suzanne K says:

    Lasagna! Especially my home made lasagna with lots of cheese!

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    susan varney says:

    alfredo and chicken with broc.

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    linda lansford says:

    My fave pasta dish is spegetti

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    Theron Willis says:

    Pasta with garlic and olive oil. That served with white wine.

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    spadgette and meatballs

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    Lori says:

    My favorite dish is sauted vegetables with a simple red sauce on pasta.

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    Cindy Merrill says:

    Well, that’s easy: Macaroni and Cheese with smoked kielbasa chunks.

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    Melissa Zimmerman says:

    6 cheese mac & cheese

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    Danica D. says:

    My favorite pasta dish is chicken parmesan!

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    Donna L says:

    I would pick spaghetti bolognese YUM.

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    Sheila says:

    Spaghetti and meatballs

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    Christine says:

    spaghetti bolognese

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    Kelly Ann T. says:

    I like my homemade mac and cheese and I make it with shell noodles.

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    David says:

    Lasagna is the greatest, thanks.

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    hanzabean says:

    It sounds kind of plain, but I like sauteeing veggies, plomping them into sauce and simmering that for about an hour or two, and then putting that on some spaghetti noodles. It’s healthy and pretty delicious!

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    Vicky H. says:

    I think shrimp Alfredo would be my fave.

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    Cheryl says:

    My favorite pasta is Stuffed Shells. They are stuffed with chicken, mayo, cheese and stuffing mix.

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    G. L. PENROD says:

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    Sharon A says:

    My favorite pasta sauce is a red meat sauce with mushrooms. I make 16 quarts at a time and freeze it.

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    Brandon Ralston says:

    I like angel hair pasta topped with cheddar cheese, Ragu sauce and pepper.

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    Kimberly M says:

    Our favorite pasta dish is just pasta with a red sauce and a little shredded fresh parmesan. The sauce, however, is made fresh with garlic, herbs, olive oil, and heirloom tomatoes from our garden, which really make it amazing!

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    tracy davis says:

    My favorite pasta dish is chicken parmesan

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    christine roeske says:

    Baked ziti – yummy!

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    JulieD says:

    My favorite pasta dish is ravioli!

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    Linda Fish says:

    A dish I make with feta cheese and bowtie noodles, everyone loves it

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    Tarah says:

    Spaghetti – hands down but I’ll take pretty much any pasta!

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    Christine Sarkauskas says:

    I love chicken parm. It’s my favorite dish to eat and make


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    Cynthia C says:

    I like a simple Primavera with olive oil, garlic and roasted vegetables.

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    Joannie says:

    Shrimp with Alfredo Sauce!!

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    Tina W says:

    LOVE fettuccine alfredo!

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    Meghan says:

    My favorite is Mizithra Browned Butter Pasta. Yum!

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    angie says:

    My favorite is ziti.

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    Debbie Breedlove says:

    My children love goulash. I have never tried this pasta before and it looks really good. Gonna have to try it.

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    Benita says:

    My favorite pasta dish is pasta and ricotta.


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    Laura C says:

    I like shrimp spaghetti.

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    Heather M. says:

    I like shrimp primavera.

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    Christie says:

    My favorite is Fettucine Alfredo. I love using Barilla Piccolini Pasta for cold pasta salads.

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    ky2here says:

    Gnocchi (I think it’s considered potato pasta…).

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    Deborah R says:

    My favorite pasta dish is old-fashioned fusalli (extra long corkscrew pasta) with “Sunday gravy” and meatballs.

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    janna says:

    chicken alfrado!
    Thanks for entering me! Great Contest!

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    Paula Hafner says:

    I love Baked Ziti.

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    Erica C. says:

    I absolutely love fettucini alfredo!

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    karen says:

    I like spaghetti with my homemade spicy marinara. Thanks.

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    stephanie r says:

    hands down spaghetti!!

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    Andria says:

    I love baked ziti

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    Ed Nemmers says:

    Vegetable Lasagna!

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    Sue Farrell says:

    I like to make vegetable lasagna.

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    Katie R. says:

    My favorite pasta dish is chicken alfredo.

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    Debra F says:

    Oh, I love all things pasta and I think my favorite is a toss up between fettucine alfredo and angel hair with meatsauce. Thanks for the great giveaway.

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    dddiva says:

    I like almost any pasta- lasagna is a fave for sure.

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    Charlene says:

    I like it all, but my favorite is spaghetti.

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    w says:

    My favorite pasta dish is lasgana!

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    Carolsue says:

    My favorite (boring, I know) is spaghetti and meatballs
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    Karen P says:

    I like fetticini alfredo

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    Amy Delong says:

    it is Lasgana!


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    debp says:

    My favorite pasta is my chicken and asparagus alfredo.

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    Jan says:

    My favorite pasta dish is Spaghetti Carbonara!

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    Marcia says:

    I make a shrimp dinner with Barilla Tortollenis – Spinach and Cheese are my favorite but the Three Cheese is good too

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    amy d says:

    My favorite pasta is Stuffed Shells

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    susan says:

    I love vodka pasta. mmmm

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    barbara wright says:

    I love mostaccioli

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    Pamela S says:

    My favorite is Chicken Scallopini! YUM! Thanks.

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    Cynthya Petzen says:

    My favorite is Tuna with White Beans over Farfelle pasta.

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    connie says:

    Eggplant parm with any pasta and plain red sauce on the side.

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    Carla Spence says:

    Pasta salad with rotelle, black olives, light italian dressing, broccoli, cauliflour, and tomatoes

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    Susan Smith says:

    I love lasagna