This is a sponsored post for Barilla. As always, all opinions are my own.
Things get hectic during the week in my home and now that Back to School Season starts in few weeks, I need to be ready. I need to make sure that I have some great recipes up my sleeve that I can whip up in 30 minutes or less. This recipe for Spinach, White Bean, and Chicken Sausage over Rotini Pasta featuring Barilla Tomato and Basil Sauce and Barilla Rotini easily fits that bill. Buying Barilla Pasta in the blue box will even help feed hungry children across America through No Kid Hungry. Read on to find out more and check out my fun video! Spinach, White Bean, and Sausage Rotini Pasta Recipe – Easy Weeknight Dinner
I went down to my local Walmart to pick up the ingredients. I picked out Barilla Tomato and Basil Sauce first and decided to base my recipe on this. Barilla Tomato and Basil Sauce has simple ingredients, no preservatives, it’s gluten free, kosher, and made with Non-GMO ingredients. I also picked up Barilla Rotini (yep, in the blue box). Barilla has adopted the Mediterranean diet model as an exemplary method of incorporating pasta into a healthy lifestyle. The Mediterranean Diet places an emphasis on the consumption of fresh vegetables and produce. It also recommends a moderate intake of protein from lean sources primarily from poultry or fish.
Normally I would choose the penne, but I was in the mood for something different. My husband suggested that I also pick up some chicken or turkey sausage, spinach, mushrooms, and cannelloni (small white) beans. While our kids were playing, we quickly whipped up our dinner.
The twists and spirals of Rotini allow it to embrace both refined and simple sauces. Rotini is just perfect paired with light tomato sauces (with or without finely diced vegetables), dairy-based sauces, or oil-based sauces. Made with simple ingredients, Rotini has a low Glycemic Index, which can keep you fuller longer. It’s enriched with iron and B Vitamins and made with non-GMO ingredients.
Here’s my fun video how to make it.
2 jars Barilla Tomato and Basil Sauce
2 boxes of Barilla Rotini Pasta (you can sub in any Barilla Pasta you wish)
1 can cannelloni beans (small white beans)
5 mushrooms, chopped
1 package chicken sausage (usually 4-5) links. I bought the already cooked.
1 bag spinach (I used baby spinach)
Add two jars of sauce to a large stock pot. Let it start simmering a little (use a low heat).
Add the cut up chicken sausage and stir
Add white beans
Add spinach (this will completely fill your stock pot) – stir and then let the spinach cook down (for around 7 -10 minutes). When the spinach has gone down and completely in the sauce, move it to the back burner on a low simmer for another 5-10 minutes while you make the rotini pasta.
Make rotini pasta according to directions.
Drain the pasta and serve the sauce over it.
Serve to hungry family members!
Now, my kids usually don’t like red sauce. However, the smell drew them in and I couldn’t keep them away from it.
I’m also excited to tell you that Barilla has partnered up with No Kid Hungry.
The No Kid Hungry organization is a national non-profit organization that focuses on connecting kids in need with nutritious food and teaches their families how to cook healthy, affordable meals. The campaign also engages the public to make ending child hunger a national priority.
48.8 million Americans—including 13 million children— live in households that lack the means to get enough nutritious food on a regular basis. As a result, they struggle with hunger at some time during the year. That’s not okay.
For every box of Barilla Blue Box pasta purchase at Walmart between 8/10/2017 – 10/31/2017, Barilla will donate $1 to No Kid Hungry, up to $50,000. That’s enough to provide 500,000 meals to kids in need. Learn more at nokidhungry.org/onedollar
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