Whole Grain Shells, Spinach & Tomatoes


I don’t know what I would do if I ever had to give up pasta. I keep my pantry stocked with boxes and boxes of it — not just because it’s delicious, quick and easy, but also because there are so many options that I never ever get bored. Talk about quick, this simple pasta dish comes together in under 15 minutes. Not only is it beautiful, it’s HEALTHY. We’ve swapped out our usual Barilla® pasta for Barilla® Whole Grain pasta and added good-for-you spinach and tomatoes.

I’ve been buying classic Barilla® pasta for as long as I can remember, but have to admit I hadn’t tried Barilla’s whole grain pasta until recently. I found out that Barilla® Whole Grain is a great way to get whole grains into my family’s diet. Barilla® Whole Grain is made with 51% whole wheat. It’s an all-natural and excellent source of fiber, delivering three times the fiber of regular pasta. AND guess what? There is a taste guarantee — if you don’t love it, you get a free box of your favorite Barilla® pasta. How’s that for putting your money where your mouth is!

I was pleasantly surprised to find out that my kids noticed only that the color of the pasta was different, no mention of a taste difference. I’ll be making this again for sure.

For even more recipes using Barilla® Whole Grain Pasta check out TryBarillaWholeGrain.com.

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Here’s How:
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This sweepstakes runs from 2/21/12-3/31/12.


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Whole Grain Shells, Spinach & Tomatoes

What You Will Need:

  • 1 pound Barilla® whole grain medium shells
  • salt
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 small onion - minced
  • 1 clove garlic - minced
  • 2 cups fresh spinach
  • 1/4 cup cherry tomatoes - halved

What To Do:

  1. Place a large pot of generously salted water on to boil. While boiling, add pasta and cook until al dente. Drain.
  2. Into a medium saute pan add butter or oil. Cook over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and saute until softened.
  3. Add spinach and tomatoes and cook just until spinach has wilted. Season with salt and pepper
  4. Add drained pasta to saute pan. Toss to combine.


  1. 152
    Kerry /

    I love that it’s healthy and still tastes great!

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    linda brooks /

    Barilla Whole Grain Pasta is very tasty, and is all Im using now.

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    Gina M Maddox /

    I love that Barilla Whole Grain is all natural and is a great source of fiber. Thanks for the chance to win!
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    Gina M Maddox /

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  5. 157
    Meryl /

    I love the taste and texture.

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    Julie /

    We already use this pasta-love the flavor thanks

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    Maria Cantu /

    I love the taste.

  8. 160

    I love that its a very well known name brand offering whole grains to the masses. I am a huge proponent of eating whole foods, especially whole grains and have noticed that lots of people have a negative opinion of “health foods.” With the Barilla name comes a guarantee that its going to taste great and hopefully that will get more people to try it and see that eating healthy tastes great!

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    Carmen /

    I love that this pasta is 51% whole grain and tastes great.

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    Kathleen Conner /

    I love that you can eat healthier without it tasting any different!

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    ewhatley /

    I use Barilla but haven’t tried the whole grain yet. Guess it’s time to get on that train.

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    Norma /

    I like it;s healthier but still tastes good

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    LAMusing /

    I love they offer a taste guarantee!

  15. 171
    Betty C /

    I’ve been wanting to find a whole grain pasta that I actually like and it seems like Barilla might just be the one. I’ll be taking advantage of the taste guarantee soon.

  16. 172
    Sarah L /

    I like that it tastes good.
    Thanks for the contest.

  17. 174
    Mari /

    I like that it contains three times more fiber than regular pasta.

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  18. 176

    I think it’s awesome that they have a taste guarantee!

  19. 177
    Anne Kaluza /

    I love how easy it is to substitute Barilla Whole Grain for regular pasta in all of my recipes. I feel good about feeding Barilla to my family!

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    John Billiris /

    I like that Barilla whole grain is good for my heart and my body.

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