Our schedule is packed to the brim lately. The holidays have crept up on us, and in between the usual running here and there to activities and events, we now have the special occasion stuff to do. I don’t mean to sound indifferent. I love visiting Santa, attending holiday parties, and doing fun Christmas-y things with my kids; what I don’t like is the anxiety that comes along with it. So many fun things to do, so little time. The last thing I want to do after a long busy day is make an elaborate meal for my family, but I don’t want to make a habit of calling the pizza delivery guy every time I feel a bit overwhelmed. (That would be every day!).
What I rely on during the holiday season, and throughout the year quite frankly are quick no-fuss meals that come together easily and that everyone will eat. Oh, and I’d like our meals to be healthy, too. Last week I finally got a BJ’s Wholesale membership and I found a great deal on Barilla Gluten Free penne pasta. I should mention here that my family does not follow a gluten free diet, but I have been wanting to try a one-pot pasta dish for a long time and I’ve heard that gluten free pastas work well with this method.
I’m all for one-pot meals because it means that I only have to dirty one pan. Because it’s really not a disdain that I have for cooking the elaborate meals as it is for the cleanup process after the fact. First, I added chicken breast tenderloins to my dutch oven (any large pot will do). I cut them up into small pieces with my kitchen shears while they were cooking.
Once done, I removed the chicken from the pan and added the pasta, liquid and sauce and let the pasta cook uncovered for about 8 minutes. Then I added the vegetables and an additional cup of water, covered the pot and let summer for about 5 more minutes until everything was done.
I’m going to be honest here; I was expecting to hate the taste of this penne. In the past we’d tried gluten free pasta products and were not impressed to say the least. We only buy Barilla pasta and sauce but hadn’t tried the gluten free version until this recipe and we were all pleasantly surprised. It doesn’t taste any different to me than the regular pasta we eat every week.
Barilla Gluten Free is made with corn and rice. It’s Certified Gluten Free, Non-GMO ingredients and those who must eat a diet free of gluten will appreciate that Barilla Gluten Free is produced on dedicated gluten free production lines.
Visit BJ’s Wholesale Clubs on December 22nd and 23rd to see an in-store Barilla Gluten Free pasta demo at select clubs.Check out the other Barilla Gluten Free Recipes on Pinterest; I know I will!
Chicken Parm Pasta with Broccolini (a gluten free pasta recipe)
- 1 lb. Barilla Gluten Free Penne
- 1 Jar Barilla sauce, any variety
- 3 cups water
- 1 lb. chicken breast tenders
- ½ bunch broccolini
- 3 small campari tomatoes, chopped
- bunch fresh basil, chopped
- 1 c shredded mozzarella
- salt + pepper
- Sprinkle the chicken tenderloins with salt + pepper.
- Cut into small bite-size pieces and saute over medium heat with one tablespoon olive oil.
- Once cooked thoroughly, remove from pan.
- Pour 2 cups water into the dutch oven or large pot.
- Add dry pasta and jar of Barilla sauce and cook for approximately 8 minutes.
- Add uncooked broccolini, tomatoes, chopped basil and chicken and cover and cook for about 5 additional minutes.
- Sprinkle with shredded mozzarella and serve.