Tuesday, November 22, 2011

healthy pasta that also tastes good?? wth? Barilla did it! and you can WIN IT!



WOW check out the "goods" ^^^^ Barillas Box of Goodies are fabulous!  I got all of this plus a cool apron for me to test the prodcuts, cook up something good and then SHARE THE OPPORTUNITY with you!  THREE OF YOU to be exact!  ITS EASY TO ENTER TO WIN..........details at the bottom of this page if you want to win these great products!


There are tons of great ideas for Barilla products (recipes) here , here and a $1 off coupon to be had if you go the facebook page for the "challenge" click it! ***hint you can also send the coupon to 2 friends





Now I have to be truthful and tell you all that I have tried the whole grain pastas in the past and went right back to my REGULAR noodles, quick, fast and in a hurry................ so I wasn't "raring to go" to try this type either............but ............. willing to try again.


The noodles turned out perfectly and tasted GOOD even ALONE tossed in a little Olive Oil!  SURPRISED AND HAPPILY SURPRISED ALREADY...............



I made a MUSHROOM gravy in one pan and cooked some ground sirloin (very low fat content) in another pan, so I thought I would add a bit of fat...........some tasty strips of bacon to simmer them in.......... oh my kitchen was smelling good!   


I know this photo doesn't look very appetizing LOL but I layed the noodles with the sirloin and bacon patties and then topped them with the gravy before popping in the over for about 10 minutes



OH ME OH MY .............. WHAT A GREAT DINNER..........GARLIC BREAD , MY NEW CREATION .........and some peas on the side........ 

THE TASTE AND TEXTURE OF THE NOODLES WERE THE PERFECT ACCOMPANIMENT TO THE MUSHROOM GRAVY.......YUMMMMMMMMMMMMM


TO ENTER TO WIN YOUR OWN GIFT BOX (3 WINNERS DRAWN DECEMBER 6)  please comment on this post and answer the questions..........  HAVE YOU TRIED WHOLE GRAIN PASTA BEFORE?  DO YOU LIKE IT?  

FOR EXTRA ENTRIES :  FACEBOOK, TWEET, or SHARE this contest and send me the LINK to where this occured , you will get one entry for every link you post (separately)   

And/or make another comment answering this question:
"What is your favorite healthy, whole grain meal to serve your family?"

GOOD LUCK AND ENJOY! 



“I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Barilla and received a Taste & Share Challenge Kit to facilitate my review, kits to giveaway, and a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.”

103 comments:

Ann said...

NO!! WHole grain pasta was NASTY before. WHen I was small, my mom used to buy the very brown stone- ground whole wheat pasta it was tough and chewy gross. I am very hesitant to try anything other than the "normal" pasta now...

amweeks said...

I have tried it a couple of times and I am fine with it. However, I have not found one yet that my family likes!

Jenndiggy said...

Yes, I have tried it. It didn't seem as good as regular, but it was a different brand than this and I had gotten it free with coupon so I liked it enough I'll eat the rest of the boxes I got free! :)

jenndiggy at gmail dot com

Marie said...

Yes, I have tried it and luv it! It would be a gr8 win for me.....

Marie said...

I've tried it and we luv it...healthy and tasty too! Would be a gr8 win!

Chan said...

munI do love whole wheat pasta! My kids on the other hand well..not so much - so we came to the aggreement 1/2 regular and whole wheat in the spaghetti.. It is great believe it or not!

Betty Hopkins said...

I've tried Barilla and our family is fine with it. Little longer to cook but we all like the flavor and it is alot more healthy! I use it in the same recipes I used regular pasta.

karen carter said...

Yes, I have tried two different types and Barilla is the BEST. Even my kids and husband like it, which makes it extra special

FlamingoGirl said...

Haven't tried it yet, but your recipe sounds like a good one to start with.

FlamingoGirl said...

Haven't tried it yet, but your recipe sounds like a good one to start with.

Irreverent Freelancer said...

I have tried whole grain pasta before and I tolerate it based on its health benefits. However, I much prefer regular pasta and often find myself mixing a bit of the two together to make the eating experience more palatable.

smdrm said...

I have tried whole grain pasta. It tastes a little different but I do like it.

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smdrm said...

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Anonymous said...

I have tried whole wheat pasta, but the results were not the best. I think I overcooked it.
Char

judyyy said...

I have tried it and like it.
judyylee@hotmail.com

Sharon said...

Hi! Haven't tried it before. I keep meaning to, but it seems when I get to the store I just don't even think about it lol.

Kim Iquina said...

I love whole grain pasta. I honestly don't get why some people don't like it.

Kim Iquina said...

I usually just make my own sauce to add to whole grain pasta for dinner. A can of crushed tomatoes, some onion, celery & carrots, spices, and crumbled sausage.

Peggy said...

It would be awesome if I could get my son to eat this. He's such a picky eater.

Kim said...

Shrimp Linguine with whole wheat pasta!!!

laruemiller said...

Yes, I have tried whole grain pasta. It took some time to like, but now the other stuff tastes like glue or at least what I figure it tastes like.

Fran said...

We use whole wheat pasta all the time and find it to be very good (and feel good that we are doing something healthy). My husband being of Italian descent, we eat lots of pasta in various forms and various ways (he cooks it, too). Just had clam fettucine for dinner tonight! Would love to have a nice supply of the "good" stuff.

hmsclmom said...

We have tried it and we do like it. It is great when you use it like soba noodles in a cold oriental noodle salad.

Phyllis P said...

I have tried some brands of healthy pasta and they are pretty good.

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Punked Mom said...

I have never tried whole grain pasta before. We are BIG pasta eaters here so I would like to try it.

Zenas said...

I have used whole grain pastas for abour 25 years. They have come a long way in texture and taste.

Zenas said...

Favorite healthy whole grain meal to serve is whole grain linguini or spaghettie topped with a vegetarian breaded chicken patty, my homemade marinara sauce and mozzarella cheese, with salad on the side.

Kathy D said...

We've eaten whole wheat pasta for the past 2-3 years. Just love it!

Ellen said...

I use whole grain pasta as a way to get my of the stuff that is good for you in our diet..

Danny said...

We have tried it a few times. It's different from regular pasta, but we do like it.

windycindy said...

Whole grain pasta is what our family
eats the most!
Thanks, Cindi
jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

Charity Councill said...

I have try several brands of Whole grain pasta, but each one had a nasty after-taste. I would love to try one that did not.

windycindy said...

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windycindy said...

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windycindy said...

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windycindy said...

We like whole grain Stuffed Shells!
Thanks, Cindi
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Cheryl said...

I tried it before and didn't like it

ajfan said...

My husband has to use whole wheat pastas because of diabetes, haven't found one he really likes yet. Always looking to try new things.

ajfan4ever

Cheryl said...

favorite whole grain meal--rice

ajfan said...

DH needs whole wheat products due to diabetes. Haven't found one he REALLY likes yet. Always willing to try new ones!

Cheryl said...

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herblady said...

I have tried another brand before and it was chewy, chewy, chewy! Didn't like it at all but this one sounds a lot better and I am trying to eat healthier than ever!

EM said...

Pasta is my favorite food. I tried whole wheat pasta before and didn't like it but it was a different brand.

herblady said...

I shared it on FB:
http://www.facebook.com/hannah.beck/posts/306911922660286

herblady said...

I tweeted:
https://twitter.com/#!/hrbeck/status/139555401254449152

herblady said...

My favorite whole grain meal to make is a combination of bow tie pasta and whole grain kasha (buckwheat groats)fried with onion.

Regina said...

Really

Kim said...

We have mostly made the switch in my house to whole wheat pasta. I actually like it. And the family is getting to like it as well. We are trying to make healthier choices on a daily basis.

LGarl said...

I have tried whole grain pasta but it was a cheap brand and tasted like cardboard, yuck! I might try it again from a different brand.

free stuff said...

Looking delicious!!
I just can't wait to win it, i am feeling excited for this...

lioness92962 said...

I was like you. I had tried other whole wheat pasta and didn't like it. BUT, this pasta is different. I LOVE it!

Lori said...

I have tried whole grain pasta in the past and have not liked it. The noodles would never get soft enough to my liking. I'm willing to give them another shot.

çbbn2002 said...

Love the whole grain, use this all the time!!!

Mariangela said...

Yes I tried it and its pretty good.

Julie C said...

I love whole grain pasta!!

pammac said...

We love whole grain pasta

Anonymous said...

Yes, tried to sneak into spaghetti and meatballs but family quickly figured it out. Willing to try again though

Paul said...

Whole wheat pasta has come a long way. I think it is because there are certain percentages of whole wheat used (like in bread), but there have also been soft whole wheats cultivated that kept the whole wheat pasta more like the refined flour pastas that we remember.

Anonymous said...

I haven't tried the Barilla whole wheat pasta yet. But your recipe and review make me want to try it. Sounds easy and delicious! tkbarbier at yahoo dot com

shellnrich said...

I haven't tried the Barilla yet. The closest we've gotten was the smart taste pasta. I will have to give this a try.

tiny said...

love it best pasta to use .. WOO HOO , bought it as a freebie to try

Barb G. said...

I have tried it before & we liked it. I use it to make various pasta dishes!

uncpandacat said...

I would love to try this healthy pasta and the recipe sounds tasty.

Susan said...

I have tried it and I do like it. Thanks for chance to win.

Susan said...

I will give it a whirl! Not usually a big fan of the brown pastas, but, I will try this one! Your recipe looked quite yummy....I know what a great cook you are!!

herblady said...

Tweeted 11/24:
https://twitter.com/#!/hrbeck/status/139919408826032130

Happy Thanksgiving, Anjie! ♥

Melissa said...

We use Barilla in the blue box. I haven't noticed the new product in my store just yet. I'll have to look for it next time.

jtchristian said...

We've tried whole wheat pasta which my hubby wasn't keen on, but I was okay with. I like the nuttiness of it, but since he didn't, I've searched for and tried other pastas that incorporate whole grains which have a milder flavor. Now my guys (hubby & two sons) will eat pretty much any kind of pasta I throw at them. :-)

jtchristian said...

I tweeted this on my twitter (worshipmanswife) and shared on my FB (Terese Wilson Christian).

jtchristian said...

My favorite whole grain recipe is: Black Bean and Tomato Quinoa - serve warm or cold...YUMMY and packed with protein and whole grain!
http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Black-Bean-and-Tomato-Quinoa-238939

MARY JONES said...

I tried Healthy Harvest whole wheat thin spaghetti and I thought it was pretty good as long as I cooked it al dente. Husband likes his pasta cooked longer so it then seemed quite sticky. I assumed all whole grain pastas would be the same so never tried any of the others. Maybe it's time to try Barilla!!

Jeannine Anno said...

I tried whole grain pasta a few years ago and boy was it HOLY HORRIBLE! I hope there has been a major improvement over the years.

pat wiegert said...

sure look sgood

herblady said...

Tweeted 11/25:
https://twitter.com/#!/hrbeck/status/140232086433959937

herblady said...

Shared on FB 11/25:
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kylady said...

We've tried whole grain pasta in the past. Like the lighter colored ones, not the dark ones. Would love to try Barilla's.

Thanks!

Donna

herblady said...

11/26 tweet:
https://twitter.com/#!/hrbeck/status/140645871388864512

herblady said...

Shared on FB 11/26:
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Anonymous said...

Since being on Weight Watchers whole wheat/whole grain pasta has pretty much been the only variety I used. It's fine in taste but sometimes does get a bit chewier than regular pasta. Winning this would be great and perhaps will donate some to a local food bank.

Anonymous said...

I have tried whole wheat pasta. I like it and plan to use it exclusively. It's a painless way to be a bit healthier.

herblady said...

11/27 tweet:
https://twitter.com/#!/hrbeck/status/140958874457997313

herblady said...

Shared on FB:
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AdvocareMary said...

I HAVE tried whole grain pasta before and it was very tough to get down =)

herblady said...

11/29 tweet:
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herblady said...

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herblady said...

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herblady said...

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KiddieKapers said...

I have tried wholegrain in the past & found it better if I cook it just slightly longer than it calls for...

Teresa said...

WELCOME BACK AND WHAT A NICE PRIZE!!

Teresa said...

excited to try it!!!

Susan said...

Can't wait to try this product! Your pictures looked great of dinner, esp the gravy!!! yum!!!