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This is a one pot meal you don’t want to miss! Ready in less than 20 minutes (no, REALLY!), it’s perfect for those crazy weeknights.
I don’t know about you, but I’m counting down the days that school starts (12!). It will be quite bittersweet since Gabby, my youngest, is heading off to full day kindergarten. But we have had WAY too much together time this summer. From morning to bed, arguing, tattling and whining has occurred, no matter what I do or say. My plans to jam-pack their schedule with fun have been derailed because they can barely go 5 minutes without fighting.
Once school starts, it’s like I hit the ground running. This is a super busy time of year for blogging, plus organizing our school’s PTA and extracurricular activities start up too! Now, more than ever, I need easy, delicious recipes on my meal-plan for those crazy nights. No matter how busy we are, we ALWAYS sit around the dinner table. That’s our one rule.
Barilla Pronto is looking out for people with busy schedules. There’s no boiling, draining your pasta, everything is cooked with ONE POT. Aside from penne, Barilla Pronto Pasta is also available in half-cut spaghetti, linguini and rotini.
I set the timer and this ENTIRE meal was on the table in 20 minutes. From browning the sausage to finishing up the noodles with sauce, the clock said 16 minutes. Score! To make this even faster, you could brown up the sausage and veggies during Sunday prep and just reheat them before adding the noodles.
After browning the sausage and veggies, you add liquid to cook the noodles–then after 10 minutes the sauce! I love to put pesto in all of my pasta sauces, so this one combines Barilla marinara, Garlic Alfredo and pesto–all great to have on hand for quick meals. In our home, Barilla is a budget friendly pantry staple–one of those great tasting, trusted brands.
For every box of Barilla® Pronto™ purchased at Walmart between 7/31/2016 and 10/31/2016, Barilla® will donate 10 meals to kids in need through No Kid Hungry, up to half-a-million meals.* We found both the Barilla Pronto and pasta sauces right in the regular pasta aisle. I had a printable coupon, too–be sure to check your coupon binders!
Step One: Heat pot over medium heat. Add 1 teaspoon of EVOO. Add onion, green pepper and pesto. Cook 1-2 minutes to heat up.
Step Two: Add sausage, crumbling with a flat spoon or spatula until almost cooked through. Season with minced garlic and Italian seasoning.
Step Three: Pour in milk, chicken stock and entire box of noodles. Turn heat on HIGH and allow to bubble, uncovered, for 10 minutes. Stir frequently.
Step Four: After 10 minutes, add mozzarella cheese, alfredo and marinara sauce. There will be a little excess liquid at first, but DO NOT DRAIN. Lower heat to medium. Stir to melt mozzarella and heat sauce through. Top with chopped basil. Garnish with more cheese, if desired.
So easy, right? Great for leftovers for lunch, too!
- 1 pound Italian Sausage
- 1 teaspoon EVOO
- 1/2 cup onion , chopped
- 1 cup green pepper , chopped
- 2 Tablespoons Barilla pesto
- 1 Tablespoon Italian seasoning
- 2 cloves , minced garlic
- 1 Box Barilla Pronto Penne
- 1 cup milk
- 2 cups chicken stock
- 1 cup fresh mozzarella , cubed
- 2 cups Barilla Marinara sauce
- 1/2 cup Barilla Garlic Alfredo
- 1 large handful of fresh basil , chopped
- Optional garnish: Parmesan
Heat a large pot over medium high heat. Add EVOO, onion, green pepper and pesto. Stir and cook for 1-2 minutes to heat.
Add sausage and crumble with flat spoon or spatula. Sprinkle with Italian seasoning. Cook until brown.
Add milk, chicken stock and entire box of penne. Raise heat to HIGH and cook uncovered for 10 minutes (set your timer!). Stir frequently.
After 10 minutes, there may be a little liquid left. Do not drain, it's okay! Add marinara, alfredo and mozzarella cubes. Stir over medium heat to warm sauce.
Sprinkle with basil and serve!
This recipe can be done with any of the Barilla Pronto pasta cuts--linguini would be FAB!
If you like heat, use spicy Italian sausage or sprinkle with red pepper flakes. I even like sliced jalapenos added to my pasta! This recipe can be made with any of the Barilla Pronto cuts of pasta–linguini would be FAB! The Barilla website has tons of other simple weeknight recipes–we are trying this One-Pan Mac & Cheese next!
Are you prepared for Back-to-School chaos? What’s your favorite one-pot recipe?
*$1.00 can provide a child 10 healthy meals. This amount is based on individual experiences of grant recipients. Contributions will be used to reach the highest number of children facing hunger in America. Share Our Strength is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization.