This blog is sponsored by Barilla®, but all opinions are my own.
I have been looking for some simple meals that I can easily cook on weeknights or can readily prep ahead of time in 30 minutes or less. This is one of those meals all thanks to the Vero Gusto® Tomato and Basil sauce by Barilla®. This meal is hearty, has a pretty good amount of vegetables, and is readily customizable. That means you can make it vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, etc. The sky is the limit!
For this recipe, I used the Barilla® Rotini pasta. I love this specific shape because it picks up the sauce so well. However, you can try Barilla®’s Chickpea or Red Lentil pasta too. I added onions and frozen spinach as my vegetables this time. But again, use whatever you have on hand or whatever everyone will eat. The key and star ingredient here is the Vero Gusto® Tomato & Basil sauce by Barilla®. It’s very delicious and is really what makes this recipe so fast. I only salted the pasta. Besides that, I didn’t season anything else! The sauce has a flavorful soffritto base comprised of onion, garlic, and finely chopped carrot, with 100% Extra Virgin Olive Oil and is made with the finest regional ingredients from Parma, Italy. It also only uses the best parts of the tomato (with the skins and seeds removed) for the best flavor. You can find Vero Gusto® sauce at your local Kroger store.
Here is the method:
Easy Weeknight Pasta Recipe
– Vero Gusto® Tomato & Basil Sauce
-1 lb Barilla® Rotini
-1 chopped onion
-8 oz of frozen chopped spinach (or vegetable of choice)
-16 oz Italian sausage (or meat/meat substitute of choice)
Boil pasta according to directions on your pasta box. Make sure to salt your pasta water. I used about 1-2 tablespoons of salt. After your pasta has cooked, strain the pasta, and set it aside for later. In a large pot, brown the sausage. After the sausage has browned, add the spinach and onion. Cook until onions are translucent and cooked through. Next add cooked pasta back into pot and add Vero Gusto® Tomato & Basil sauce. Serve and enjoy. That’s it!