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I love pasta during the holidays. For me, it is the perfect meal - I can put all kinds of amazing ingredients into one pot! Perfection!!! My two new favorite pasta creations for this holiday season are - Italian Sausage Penne and Tomato Carrot Spaghetti. I have incorporated rich, full flavors and even snuck in a veggie! They are simply delicious and I cannot wait to share them!
Good food begins with great ingredients. For these dishes...it begins with the pasta. Barilla Pasta is the go-to pasta in our house. We all have our favorite of course - The hubby likes the Penne the best. I like the Angel Hair or Thin Spaghetti and both of the kiddos think the Mini Farfalle is the BEST! We always know with Barilla we will be getting amazing quality, great taste and and authentic Italian food. Barilla also has amazing sauces to pair with their pasta, so you can make everyone happy! The friends you choose to share this meal with will have full hearts and full tummies!
A note about the recipes - I have many friends with different dietary needs and restrictions. I have made an easy vegetarian dish to accompany the Italian Sausage Penne.
Italian Sausage with Penne
- 1 box Barilla Penne Pasta
- 1 package Italian Sausage (4 medium sausages), cut into 1/8" slices
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
- 1 Cup Clos du Bois Chardonnay*
- 1 1/2-2 Cup Chicken Stock*
- 1 jar, 8 ounces sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil (drained)
- 1/2 (more or less if you prefer) cup Parmesan Cheese
- Basil leaves for garnish
*You may choose to add more liquid as you cook all the ingredients together.
1. Prepare Barilla Penne according to Package directions:
- Bring 4-6 quarts of water to a boil, add salt.
- Add Penne and boil for 11 minutes.
- Drain thoroughly.
2. Heat minced garlic and olive oil is a large pan.
3. Add sliced sausage and cook until they are caramelized, about 20 minutes (on medium heat). Remove from Pan and set aside.
4. Add Clos du Bois Chardonnay and chicken stock to the pan to deglaze.
- HELPFUL HINT: Using wine in your cooking can add depth of flavor. The Clos du Bois Chardonnay has a balanced oaky flavor with notes of apple, pear, spices and butter - exactly the combination I needed to add depth to the light sauce in the pasta dish.
5. Bring the wine/stock to a boil, then reduce the flame to simmer for 15 minutes. (see note above about adding additional liquid)
6. Add Penne to the pan and toss to coat.
- Add sun-dried tomatoes.
- Add sausage.
- Toss to combine.
Tomato Carrot Spaghetti (Vegetarian)
- 1 Package Barilla Thin Spaghetti or Angel Hair
- 1 Jar Barilla Marinara
- 1 Cup steamed, pureed carrots
- 1 clove garlic, minced
2. Heat the marinara sauce, add pureed carrot and garlic.
3.Cook the sauce on medium/low for about 20 minutes, just time to get the flavors to meld together.
4. Once complete, toss the pasta with the sauce, sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and basil and enjoy!
Now, of course you want to partake in this deliciousness yourself! And my family did just that. We also made additional pasta so we could share with new friends who just moved to Texas and were just getting settled into their home.
Before we delivered the meal, I added a green salad, and a couple of mini baguettes. The meal was complete...well, almost complete. To really add that special touch, include the perfect accompaniment to your pasta - wine - specifically, Clos du Bois Chardonnay. This California wine embodies the French style of wine making, incorporating vibrancy, romance, elegance and a Joie de Vivre. Clos du Bois is an excellent wine but also a good value. I chose The Clos du Bois Chardonnay to pair with my pasta dishes and also to incorporate into my Penne recipe for those simple reasons. For more tips on pairing wine with your pasta be sure to visit The Talk of The Table.
If you are looking for more amazing pasta recipes, look no further than Barilla.
You can also find inspiration here:
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Clos du Bois on Twitter
Clos du Bois on Pinterest
And don't forget, it just takes a little extra time and a few more ingredients to share an amazing meal with a friend who deserves it or needs it.
What will you put in your pasta basket?