I’ve said it before and I will say it again. In today’s hectic world it’s become harder than ever to prepare home cooked meals nightly. Between the kids and their homework, different schedules and daily “chores” it’s seems as if we are eating on the go more often than around the family table. Unfortunately my family is not alone; the stats say it all -
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, yet they don’t want to miss enjoying a home cooked meal with their family as they worry the alternative will offer poor nutritional content and they will miss out on family time at the table.
I too have been making more of an effort over the past few months and have been trying to spice things up by setting aside the time to prepare one “new” meal a week. It’s not that I don’t enjoy cooking, in fact I love creating a new dish. I simply have a hard time finding time.
For this “challenge” I wanted to try something new, so I took to the pages of Barilla’s Modern Family's cookbook where I found Barilla Ditalini Soup with Beans.
Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
1 1/2 Cups Barilla Ditalini, dry
3 tsp. extra virgin olive oil
1 cup onion, diced
1 cup carrots, diced
1/2 cup celery, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
48 ozs chicken broth
2 cans cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
4 large plum tomatoes, diced
1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped and divided
1 tablespoon fresh oregano chopped
Salt and pepper to taste
1 cup Parmigiana-Reggiano cheese, grated and divided
Heat oil in large stock-pot over medium high heat. Add onion, carrot, celery and garlic. Saute 3-4 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Add broth and beans; heat to a simmer. Stir in tomatoes, Ditalini, 2 tablespoons parsley, oregano, salt and pepper. Boil 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in remaining parsley and 1/2 cup cheese.
I only had one can of cannellini beans so I substituted a can of kidney beans as the recipe reminded me a lot of my own fazool recipe. Just like the fazool the kids loved it and it was simple for me to prepare!
Barilla has so many exciting options that dinner creations are almost endless, but the best part is pasta dishes are almost always easy. Today on world pasta day celebrate by bringing your family together with a Barilla meal. Additionally, today only (October 25th) you can also receive a $1.00 coupon for Barilla pasta or sauce (while supplies last) and a download of the Barilla cookbook by helping Barilla donate to Feeding America via the Barilla Facebook page. For every virtual hug shared Barilla will donate the equivalent of 4 meals to Feeding America. Please stop by their page and share a "hug" today. #BarillaWPD
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