Bloggers Take the Barilla® Whole Grain Taste Challenge

Are you trying to get whole grains into your family's diet? Made with 51% whole wheat, Barilla® Whole Grain is an all-natural and excellent source of fiber, delivering three times the fiber of regular pasta. It's delicious and good for you!

Bloggers were tasked with taking the Barilla® Whole Grain Taste Challenge.  Each blogger prepared one of their favorite pasta dishes using Barilla® Whole Grain instead of their regular pasta.  Click on the links below to find out what their families thought of these healthier dishes and enter to win a $100 gift card!

You too can take the Barilla® Whole Grain Taste Challenge - if you don't love it, Barilla will give you a free box of your favorite Barilla blue box pasta.

The BlogHer Cook with Barilla® sweepstakes run from 2/21/12 through 3/30/12 and are only open to individuals who, at the time of entry deadline, are legal residents of the United States and are 18 years or older. Click here to read the official rules Winners will be randomly selected from all eligible entries. Good luck!

Making healthy food accessible and delicious

It’s no secret that I love pasta. I really love pasta. The versatility of the shapes and sauces are so fun to mix and match, the variations are practically endless! Then there is the fact that kids also like pasta, better known as baby noodles in our house, and it’s easy to get them to the dinner table when pasta is being served. When I grew up, I actually didn’t know white pasta existed because it was all brown in my house. My husband, on the other hand, only had white pasta and was convinced that whole grain pasta was too chewy, kinda like cardboard....more

Barilla® has done a fantastic job!

On Super Bowl Sunday our house was filled with eager friends and enticing food. We had wings and sliders and a variety of finger foods and cakes, but the dish that seemed to get the most attention was a dip. Ahem ... a dip that I did not make. That's alright. I don't mind being shown up. After tasting our friend Eric's Buffalo Chicken Dip, my mind starting churning with inspiration. This dip would taste great with nearly anything, so why not use it as a springboard for other recipes?...more

My kids only noticed that the color was different

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....more

My family and I were so impressed!

To my mind, there is nothing as simple, comforting and satisfying as a big plate of homemade Fettuccine Alfredo. When we think of Alfredo sauce, most of us think of a restaurant or a little jar from the grocery store. But once you've tried making it yourself I promise you will never go back! This easy dish has very few ingredients, very simple prep -- and in minutes you can have one of the most flavorful, delicious meals you have ever enjoyed!...more

On a quest for healthy shells and cheese...

When I was a child, my number-one requested dinner was shells and cheese. I loved the day-glo yellow cheeselike product that smothered the tuna and peas my mother mixed in, her attempt to add some nutritional value. I found the little shell pasta perfectly shaped to hold pools of sauce, and could eat three servings in one sitting. Unfortunately, as an adult, no matter how fondly I remember this popular kids' meal, the reality just doesn't measure up....more

Much healthier!

Chicken Noodle Soup. It's good for the family, good for the soul, good for the "sickies," and brings comfort and warmth and togetherness and love. No matter the scenario, when made correctly, it brings nourishment. My scenario? Last week, Barilla® sent me a few boxes of their Whole Grain Pasta to try. I knew I'd make spaghetti with the spaghetti noodles, but decided to try something different with the shells (conchiglie). I wanted to make a Slow Cooker Roasted Chicken Soup with Pasta....more

An easy change that made sense.

A few years ago I decided I wanted to make a change to get more whole grains into my family’s diet. The change has been slow. It’s hard to change old habits for myself and for those I love. I started by turning away completely from white bread and white rice. I have also introduced other types of grains into our meals. One of the easiest changes that we made recently was to switch to whole grain pasta. Since pasta is always at least one of our go-to weeknight meals, it made good sense....more

The pasta was delicious!

I've mentioned before that I love making pasta for a quick and simple lunch when I'm tired of our usual peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. (Click here for a simple pasta recipe that is perfect for lunch!) I try to buy good quality, healthy pasta when I can. Generally the kids don't notice, but every now and then I'll test one out and they give me "the look." You guys know the look, right? That whole "I can't believe you attempted to make me eat healthy, I feel so betrayed, don't you loooooooove me anymore?" look. You get that look, too, right? My kids can totally rock that look....more

So many reasons to switch...

Several times over the last few years, Joe and I have tried to switch to whole grain pasta. There are so many reasons to switch. Whole grains are healthier in general. The USDA's MyPlate guidelines recommend making at least half of your grains whole grains. Whole grains contain more fiber than processed grains, and there is some evidence they can improve cardiovascular health. Unfortunately, our switch to whole grain pasta has not, to this point, gone very well....more

Pasta fills more than half of my pantry.

Most days you will find me making numerous pasta dishes for my three guys. Pasta is not simply a staple in our home, it's a way of life. I may be a diehard southern girl down to my roots, but I also grew up highly influenced by my Irish-Italian grandmother from Connecticut. She happens to be the lovely lady who passed along the ginger gene as well. There are only three quirky redheads in our family who inherited the McGraw complexion. Everyone else inherited the Greco-Civitelli olive skin and dark hair....more