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penne caprese pasta recipe

One thing you should know about me is that I absolutely LOVE pasta. I could honestly eat it for every meal and it is for sure one my pregnancy cravings. When I was little, I was always a buttered noodles kind of gal, but as I’ve grown up I’ve expanded my horizons and found that the recipes to make with pasta are endless.

When it comes to cooking, I am always about making something that is delicious, fast, and easy. With the help of Barilla Pronto Penne Pasta and Barilla® Tomato Sauce, our dinner last night was super simple.

Barilla Pronto Pasta and Sauces provide a wide variety of one pan meal solutions for the busy family. It is available in a variety of versatile cuts, including half-cut spaghetti, penne, and rotini. No boiling and draining required for this one and for every box of Barilla® Pronto™ purchased at Walmart between 7/31/2016 and 10/31/2016, Barilla will donate 10 meals to kids in need through No Kid Hungry, up to half-a-million meals.

Their tomato sauces are great too! They hold a variety of authentic Italian flavors that go perfectly with your family’s favorite dishes and it is also 100% all natural. They have a few different flavors to choose from and all can be found in the pasta aisle at Walmart.

Last night I made a Penne Caprese Pasta that included the help of Barilla Pronto Penne Pasta, Barilla Tomato & Basil Sauce, some fresh mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, basil, and of course some parmesan cheese. It was all made in one pan that was helpful for both cooking and clean up. I served it with a small side salad and some garlic bread. Also, most importantly it was husband approved. See the full recipe and pictures below…
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Penne Caprese Pasta Recipe

  • 1 12oz. package of Barilla Pronto Penne
  • 1 jar of Barilla Tomato & Basil Sauce
  • 1 package of fresh mozzarella balls
  • 1 package of cheery tomatoes
  • Chopped fresh basil
  • Parmesan cheese
  1. Pour 1 12oz. package of Barilla Pronto Penne into a large skillet {approximately 12 inches in diameter} and add 3 cups of cold water into the pan. Make sure that the water covers the pasta.
  2. Cook on high for 10 minutes and stir regularly {GCG TIP: I added a tablespoon of olive oil to prevent sticking and about 1/2 teaspoon of salt}.
  3. Cut both the fresh mozzarella balls and cheery tomatoes in half.
  4. Once water is absorbed, add the jar of Barilla Tomato & Basil Sauce, the fresh mozzarella, and the cheery tomatoes, and chopped fresh basil.
  5. Garnish with parmesan cheese and serve.
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What is your easy weeknight go-to meal? I would love to hear! Also want more recipes? Here is an easy + cheesy One Pan Mac & Cheese.

Lastly, remember that if you buy Barilla, $1.00 can provide a child 10 healthy meals. This amount is based on individual experiences of grant recipients. Contributions will be used to reach the highest number of children facing hunger in America. Share Our Strength is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization.


  1. Shea Sayers

    My mouth is watering over here! I also have been eating pasta like crazy this pregnancy (and let’s face it, pretty much always) and anything caprese always gets me. Yum!

  2. Jalisa

    This looks SO good, girl! I love pasta too, not only because it’s so good, but like you’ve said, the possibilities are truly endless and are perfect for busy families! I love that Barilla gives back, I have much more respect and inclination to shop from a company that does. Thanks for sharing, beauty, and I hope you have an amazing weekend ahead!



  3. Kasie Chelanne

    This looks SO delicious, my mouth is watering! I had pasta for dinner tonight (quick and easy, can’t beat that combo) but this looks way more appetizing than what I whipped up. Thank you for sharing!

  4. Maya McDonald

    Yum! This looks so delish! Also, so nice seeing you this weekend – hope the rest of your Sunday was fun! xx


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