BAR118 - Barilla Pasta Recipe Builders Brochure-072120-v5 - Flipbook - Page 2
ABOUT BARILLA PASTA RECIPE BUILDERS
These days, getting out is not so easy. Our ability to travel the world, our country, our favorite
restaurants or even our own grocery story is limited. We are all cooking at home more and
more, and maybe running out of ideas or limited to what we have on hand. That’s why we
designed this Pasta Recipe Builder-cooking technique that allows you to use ingredients you may
have on hand in your pantry, refrigerator or freezer, or explore different global culinary flavors to
easily add variety to dinner time.
Our series of Pasta Recipe Builders make it easy to create a myriad of different pasta dishes
without relying on a recipe, and without having to have a lot of cooking skills. It gives you the
freedom to stretch your culinary creativity and think about pasta beyond Italian to explore
different cultures through food. The idea is simple: layer the flavors to bring out the best of all
your ingredients. The more you use this technique, the more you will evolve your natural cooking
Through the Pasta Recipe Builders, our chefs and nutritionists created this technique to show not
only how pasta can offer variety and flavor, but also well-being:
CULINARY: Inspired by global cuisines the recipe builders were designed to help you explore the
different flavors of the world. Giving you the freedom to customize based on what you have on
NUTRITION: Pasta is a staple of the Mediterranean diet, a complex carbohydrate with a good
source of fiber and low glycemic index. Our Recipe Builders take the guess work out of building
balanced pasta recipes. Each one is designed to create dishes with 500 calories or less per
serving. No matter which items you choose or how you match, if you follow the amounts, you’ll
have a wholesome delicious meal.
MINDFULNESS: Chopping an onion, sautéing vegetables, or even boiling water, all of these bring
forward our senses and connect us to the present. Welcome a mindful moment into your day
while using these builders. Breathe in the aromas, pause while the water boils and catch up with
a loved one while you’re cooking or sharing your meal.
SUSTAINABILITY: Plant forward diets, like the Mediterranean Diet, are widely recognized to be
both good for you and good for the planet. While our recipe builders include a variety of meat-,
poultry-, and fish-based proteins, they are built in as a complementary partner to the overall dish,
and not the center of the recipe. Focusing on plant-based ingredients each builder offers a range
of options to meet your personal lifestyle and preferences.
HOW TO USE THE PASTA RECIPE BUILDERS
1. Start at the bottom with step 1, by simply selecting your favorite pasta shape
2. Begin to go up the builder, following the numeric order and reading the corresponding
numerical instruction until you simply finish your recipe.
3. Some tips to keep in mind:
• Feel free to mix and match your favorite vegetables and/or spices
• Omit dairy if you are vegan
• Try the recipe with your favorite legumes or tofu if you are vegetarian or vegan
• Use Barilla Gluten Free or Legume varieties if you have a gluten intolerance
ABOUT OUR CONTRIBUTORS
FROM OUR CHEF
As an Italian, I grew up with traditional pasta dishes every day. No longer living in Italy, making
these recipes remind me of home. I left Italy when I was 19 years old, and traveled the world
with my work, being inspired by other cultures, flavors and ingredients. While a past Pasta
Bolognese is still one of my favorite ways to enjoy pasta, I also love to combine my Italian
heritage with flavors from around the world.
We created the first recipe builder in 2015 as a tool to teach kids how to make their own pasta
recipes. Our culinary team built and refined several versions of our recipe builder over the last
years. We are excited to share this easy to-use guide with you. We hope you enjoy exploring
global flavors, and inspire you to make custom recipes in your own kitchens. Join us in exploring
the flavors of global cuisines.
Executive Chef, Barilla America
FROM OUR NUTRITIONIST
Food should be balanced and nourishing but that doesn’t mean it cannot also be delicious,
interesting and full of flavor. Being a registered dietitian nutritionist with Barilla for 9 years I’m
constantly being asked for ways to make healthier pasta dishes. I always start by sharing that
pasta, all pastas, are healthy. The challenge is making sure you pair it in a balanced way.
Whether the pastas are made from durum wheat, whole grains or legumes, they’re all complex
carbohydrate sources that have around 200 calories per a serving. Pasta is a perfect foundation
for building a healthful meal. With this in mind, our nutrition team partnered with our chefs to put
together our Barilla Pasta Recipe Builders. We structured the contents to create balanced recipes
with 500 calories or less per serving. Customize all you want, explore flavors and ingredients that
inspire you and no matter which way you go, if you follow the builders guidance you’ll have a
balanced wholesome recipe to enjoy.
Now when people ask me for a pasta recipe or even when I’m at a loss for what to make my
family for dinner, I always look at one of our builders. I hope you enjoy exploring them in your
In good health,
Director of Nutrition & Science Communications, Barilla America