This post is sponsored Vero Gusto® sauce by Barilla®. This recipe, recommendations, and thoughts are my own.
One of my family’s favorite dishes is my spinach penne pasta. It is simple, quick to make, and very delicious thanks to my secret ingredient, Vero Gusto® sauce by Barilla®. My sons love that it reminds them of their favorite meals in Italy.
I use Vero Gusto® Sicilian Herb by Barilla® not just because of the excellent taste but also because of its quality. There is nothing artificial in their ingredients, no added sugar, and it has a flavorful sautéed soffritto base comprised of onion, garlic, and finely chopped carrot, with 100% Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
It is true to Italian cooking and it’s made in Parma Italy, with the finest regional ingredients that taste absolutely homemade. Have you heard tomato passata? This process from Italy strains all seeds and skins so that only the most flavorful parts of the tomatoes (the tomato pulp!) are used. You can find it at your local Kroger store.
Ingredients for Spinach Penne Pasta with Vero Gusto®
For a family serving size of 4
10 oz of Vero Gusto® Sicilian Herb by Barilla®
8.5 oz of Barilla® Uncooked Penne Pasta
9 oz Fresh Spinach Leaves
2 Tbsp. Fresh Mozzarella
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Bring a pot to boil.
- Boil Barilla® Penne Pasta for about 9 minutes until al dente.
- At the 8 minute mark add your fresh spinach leaves.
- Drain pasta and spinach then place on baking dish.
- Add Vero Gusto® Sicilian Herb by Barilla®
- Cover your baking dish with foil paper.
- Bake covered for 15 minutes.
- Afterward, mix your pasta and top with fresh crumbled mozzarella.
Some family members like to add parmesan and others eat it served with garlic bread! That’s the beauty of this dish, such versatility can be complemented with favorites.
You can also use Barilla® pre-cooked pasta and simply sautee the spinach with extra virgin olive oil or white wine prior to combining in baking dish to bake. My wife for example likes to top it with red pepper flakes to give it some spice. You can even cook it with ground beef if you prefer your pasta with meat. I often also get asked if you can use pizza sauce for pasta and I always say just use Vero Gusto® sauce!