I love to cook and if there’s one thing that I’ve learned over years of trying different recipes, it’s that quality ingredients make all the difference when it comes to taking a recipe from good to great. Pasta has always been one of my favourite meals to cook because it’s perfect for both quick and easy dinners or gourmet creations and for great results every time, Barilla pasta is a must in my house.
Recently, Barilla sent me a fantastic package containing a variety of pasta, some fun recipe ideas and a copy of the cookbook Made in Italy by David Rocco! As a huge fan of Italian food, I couldn’t wait to try out a few of the recipes, and this Pasta Al Forno was one dish that the entire family loved.
David Rocco’s Barilla Pasta Al Forno
A hearty, vegetable-packed pasta casserole.
- 1 lb 500g BARILLA® Rigatoni
- 4 tbs 60ml extra virgin olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic chopped
- 1 large eggplant cubed
- 15 infornate olives or any black olives pitted and chopped
- 10 large sun-dried tomatoes chopped
- 2 dried chili peppers crushed (optional)
- 3 cups 750mL tomato purée
- 3/4 lb 375g mozzarella cheese, shredded
- Smoked scamorza cheese roughly chopped
- Freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese for sprinkling
Cook the pasta in boiling water.
Heat up a saucepan over medium-high heat.
Pour in the extra-virgin olive oil and cook garlic until browned.
Make sure the oil is hot before adding the eggplant, olives, sun-dried tomatoes and chili peppers. Sauté the whole thing until the eggplant is soft and slightly golden.
Once the eggplant is golden, add some salt and the tomato purée. Simmer for 5 to 10 minutes or until the pasta is ready.
Drain the pasta and return it to the pot. Add all the sauce, mozzarella and scamorza cheeses. Stir together well.
Pour the whole thing into a large baking dish. Top with a good sprinkle of Parmigiano and bake in a 400°F (200°C) oven for about 30 minutes or until beautifully golden and crisp.
If you’d like to try a new pasta recipe or two as well, Barilla wants to help you get inspired with a fabulous giveaway! One lucky Mommy Kat and Kids reader is going to win a prize pack containing an assortment of Barilla PLUS, Gluten Free and Classic pasta and a copy of Made in Italy by David Rocco, a $50 total value! To enter to win, just leave a blog comment about your favourite pasta dish.
Whether I’m cooking up a meal for a gluten-free friend, trying to add extra nutrition to a simple supper for my boys or recreating one of my mom’s classic pasta dishes, Barilla has a variety of pasta products that guarantee great results. Give the products a try for yourself and see how fun and easy delicious pasta meals can be!