If you have been wanting to add more whole grains into your family’s diet, but haven’t quite known where to start, now is the perfect time. Barilla has launched a Taste & Share Challenge to encourage us to try cooking with their whole grain pasta, which supplies 3x the fiber of typical pasta. There are many recipes to try, and by sharing the challenge with your friends via Facebook, they will get a coupon for $1 off their next box, and you will get a coupon for $1 off two boxes (my local grocer has Barilla pasta on sale for $1 this week, so these coupons make for a great deal).
I am participating in the challenge, and creating some new healthy recipes. This Marco Polo Pasta Recipe was specifically created to appeal to my 4 year old daughter. She loves it when I prepare pasta in an Asian style, and is a big fan of both bean sprouts and carrots. In this dish, fiber is boosted through the use of Barilla Whole Grain Spaghetti, and sodium is kept in check with the use of Balsamic vinegar, rather than Oyster sauce and distilled vinegar. The blend of Italian and Asian ingredients is the inspiration for the name. My daughter loved these noodles so much that her ABA therapist*, used them as a reinforcer for correct answers during her therapy session that afternoon. The pasta seemed to improve her performance significantly. Guess I better make these again soon 🙂
- 1/2 box of Barilla Whole Grain Spaghetti or Linguine parboiled, should be quite al dente
- 1 tsp canola or vegetable oil
- 2 carrots julienned
- 1/2 a sweet onion sliced
- 12 oz. bag of bean sprouts
- 1 tsp sesame oil
- 1/2 cup chicken stock
- 1 1/2 tbs low sodium soy sauce
- 1 tbs balsamic vinegar
- 1 tbs. light brown sugar
- Add canola/vegetable oil to non-stick skillet or wok, over med-high heat.
- Once the pan is hot add carrots and saute for about a minute, then add sweet onion saute for another minute.
- Add bean sprouts and sesame oil. Saute for about 2 minutes, until all vegetables are cooked but still a bit firm.
- While cooking whisk together stock, soy sauce, balsamic, and sugar in a bowl.
- Add the whole grain pasta to the pan with vegetables, and stir well.
- Pour the sauce into the pan, and saute, until most of the liquid is absorbed (this is why it is important to start with al dente pasta)
- Serve hot or cold.
Disclosure: I was given the opportunity to share my experience with Barilla Whole Grain pasta, as part of a sponsored blogging program. I was compensated for my participation. All opinions and recipes presented here are my own.
Giveaway closed. Congratulations to Cori C.
*ABA (Applied Behavioral Analysis) therapy is used to help autistic children and adults learn to interact with their world effectively.