Happy World Pasta Day! I know this family enjoys a pasta dish just about once a week. They are generally quick to prepare, tasty, and go over well with the kids because of the textures.
In honor of World Pasta Day Barilla is offering a free download of “The Modern Family Pasta Cookbook” as well as a coupon to the first 25,000 on the Barilla Facebook page (Share a Hug app). You will find the recipe I’m about to share along with several others included. What’s even better is that for every download their will be a donation made to Feeding America. The cookbook has several quick and easy ideas that your family will definitely enjoy. I know you guys are as busy as us… just check out these stats from Barilla:
- 88% of parents are reliant upon multi-tasking each day and more than half (58%) say their life is more hectic now, than a year ago.
- 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.
- They don’t want to miss enjoying a home cooked meal with their family as they worry the alternative will offer poor nutritional content (74%) and they will miss out on family time at the table (65%).
For us, it is important to have meals that are one-pot meals on the days I work. I need something I can throw in the slow cooker and come home to. I also need recipes that do not require me to use tons of dishes because it just adds to the stress and business to clean. Pasta is definitely a great option and I love to find new ways to incorporate it (and maybe desquise a veggie or two here and there). However, no matter how busy we are it is a must that we all sit down together at dinner time and eat. It may be the only time we are all in the same room that day and it is important to Matthew and I to establish this for our kids. I realize that it is easy while they are young to do this and will get increasingly harder as they grow and become more busy. I guess my hope is that by setting up a routine early in life we will create something that lasts.
So, here is the recipe we chose from “The Modern Family Pasta Cookbook” based upon the fact that it was a soup! The fall weather here is amazing and it has us longing for warm comfort foods. This one hit the spot and was a quick one-pot meal.
This recipe was a super easy one-pot meal that the entire family enjoyed!
First you need to saute 1 cup diced carrots, 1 cup diced onion, 2 cloves minced garlic and 1/2 cup diced celery in olive oil for about 4 minutes or until everything is tender.
Next, add 48 ounces of chicken broth as well as 1 can of cannellini beans (drained) and heat to simmer. Stir in diced tomatoes (we used 1 can but the recipe calls for fresh). Stir in Ditalini, 1/4 cup fresh parsley, 1 tablespoon fresh oregano, pepper and salt. Boil for 10 minutes.
Stir in remaining parsley and 1/2 cup of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese.
Serve with remaining cheese.
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