Review: Barilla® Whole Grain Pasta

| February 21, 2012 | 100 Comments


Pasta has been my faithful friend for many a last-minute-dinner preparation. It’s comfort food. It’s easy food. It’s something the whole family loves.

Until recently, we stuck to the semolina variety. Whole wheat pasta has never been something we loved. In fact, just the thought conjures up mouth memories of pasta that tasted a lot like cardboard–not that I know what cardboard tastes like or anything. No, really. Just guessing there…

Anyway.

This year, my husband and I have been trying to change our family’s diet to include more whole grains. We’ve been opening up to brown rice and other grains instead of the more refined options. But we’ve held off on switching to a whole wheat pasta; it just didn’t seem like a change we wanted to make.

However, when I had the opportunity to try Barilla® Whole Grain, I figured we would give it a try. Barilla®is our preferred brand of pasta, so if any brand was going to make one we’d like, they would be it.

Now, my assignment was to choose a pasta recipe from the Barilla® website and I did–Shells with Cauliflower and Cherry Tomatoes. I planned to make it for lunch on a Sunday after church.

But then a funny thing happened: my husband beat me to it. He grabbed the box of Barilla® Whole Grain Angel Hair pasta and made it one night for dinner when I was coming home late from work. He and the kids enjoyed it with marinara, while I tossed mine with olive oil, parmigiano reggiano and salt.

Shockingly, we all loved it. The flavor is mild with a pleasant nuttiness that doesn’t overpower the pasta. We ended up trying it twice before I even made the recipe. That’s probably a good thing, because the recipe we tried from the Barilla® website wasn’t a favorite here. It fell a little flat on flavor–just bland. Though it has potential, if I were to tweak it a little with a different cooking method for the sauce, more garlic and perhaps a little spiciness. But I digress…

Still, the pasta itself is a keeper. I love that it’s a healthier choice but doesn’t compromise flavor, texture or quality. Plus, it’s made with 51 percent whole wheat, so it’s a great source of fiber (it has 3 times more than semolina pasta!) too. Barilla® Whole Grain pasta is a great way to get whole grains into your family’s diet.

Barilla Giveaway

Guess what? I get to give away a $100 gift card to Amazon to one lucky reader thanks to my reviewing Barilla® for BlogHer. Cool, right?

To be entered for a chance to win, please leave me a comment telling me what you love about Barilla® Whole Grain.

Here’s the fine print so you can enter and win:

SWEEPSTAKES/GIVEAWAY RULES No duplicate comments. You may receive (2) total entries by selecting from the following entry methods:

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4. For those with no Twitter or blog, read the official rules to learn about an alternate form of entry.This giveaway is open to US Residents age 18 or older. Winners will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by e-mail. You have 72 hours to get back to me, otherwise a new winner will be selected. The Official Rules are available here.

This sweepstakes runs from 2/21/12-3/30/12.

Be sure to visit the Barilla® Whole Grain round-up page on BlogHer.com where you can read other bloggers’ reviews and find more chances to win!

Disclosure: I am being compensated by BlogHer/Barilla for my participation in this campaign. All opinions are my own.

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About the Author ()

Sarah Walker Caron is a writer, editor and recipe developer who loves to create delicious recipes the whole family can enjoy together. Her work has appeared in countless publications including iVillage, BELLA NYC Magazine, Yum for Kids magazine and more. She lives in Maine with her two food-loving kids.

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  1. amy marantino says:

    i like the nutty flavor

  2. Mami2jcn says:

    I love the GREAT TASTE of Barilla Whole Grain! My kids love it, too, and they’re picky eaters.

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  4. Amanda Sakovitz says:

    I love the taste of Barilla Whole Grain pasta and that its healthy for you

  5. courtney b says:

    i love how healthy it is and how many diffferent dishes you can make!

  6. Elena says:

    I love that it’s tasty and healthy

  7. amy pugmire says:

    i love that its all natural and good source of fiber

  8. Ashley H. says:

    I like that it’s easy to make and it’s healthy.

  9. Jenny says:

    I like the nutty flavr

  10. Kate says:

    I adore pasta – no matter what wheat it’s made from!

  11. anash says:

    Mandatory Entry: i love that it is whole grain and i give it to my kids!

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  13. Sam H says:

    I just love how a big company can make such a good tasting and mainstream whole grain pasta to begin with! It doesn’t seem like that long ago that you could hardly find whole grain pasta in a grocery store…

  14. Karina Lee says:

    i love that something so healthy can taste great too

  15. Louis says:

    I love that it tastes great and is also healthy!

  16. Meryl says:

    I love Barilla Whole Grain Pasta – great taste and texture.

  17. I looked at the recipe and agree. No fault of the pasta, but I think Barilla’s recipes leave something to be desired on the flavor scale. The pasta is yummy though!

  18. ACeeKayWa says:

    Barilla is my favorite pasta brand too, so it was the first choice when I VERY timidly tiptoed into the whole grain pasta arena. Totally sold on it!

  19. Aubrey says:

    I love the great source of fiber :)
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  20. I love barilla pasta! And I am super excited that they make good tasting whole grain pasta, now that that I am getting healthier!

  21. Bev Edge says:

    I love Barilla Whole Grain pasta’s fresh flavor and texture. It’s an incredible way to bring more nutrition to foods my family already loves!

  22. I love that I can eat one of my favorite foods without having to feel guilty about it!!!!
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  23. Mary says:

    I don’t know where my first comment went but I love all the fiber it has.

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  24. cw says:

    I love that it has 3 time the amount of fiber of other pastas and made with whole wheat and you can’t tell the difference in taste

  25. steff says:

    i love that they have more fiber!

  26. Janice Cooper says:

    I like that it has lots of fiber, all natural and tasty!

  27. Lauren says:

    i haven’t tried it yet, but i love pasta and whole grain is great b/c it’s a healthier option

  28. Debbie B says:

    i like that its an excellent source of fiber and it tastes great as well!

  29. Jessie C. says:

    I like it’s whole grain and also taste great.
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  30. marci h says:

    i love the taste and that it fills you up :)

  31. Melanie says:

    I love all the awesome fiber!

  32. Kelly D says:

    I love Barilla Whole Grain because I can enjoy pasta without going off my diet, and it is delicious.

  33. kjasus says:

    i love that it is way more nutritious and tasty than plain white pasta

  34. tara pittman says:

    It is healthy and tastes great

  35. Sunshyn V says:

    I love that its healthier and has more flavor.

  36. anna pry says:

    i love the health factor and taste
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  37. Susan Smith says:

    I love that it’s high in fiber and tastes great!

  38. sandra says:

    i like that it still tastes good

  39. MelissaO says:

    I love all the extra fiber and the nutty flavor really works well with vegetarian pasta dishes!

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  40. Debra F says:

    I have to admit that I prefer white pasta, but we’ve made the switch and I love that Barilla is a really great source of fiber for our family’s diet….especially for my sons who eat a lot of the wrong foods when left to their own devices.

  41. Michelle says:

    I love that it is easy find in most stores and it is tasty.

  42. Tina M says:

    I love the taste

  43. Jenna says:

    It’s easy to find, and whole grain is so much better for you!

  44. meredith says:

    i love the health benefits- and it tastes good too!

  45. Mindy S says:

    My kids love this pasta. My little one’s favorite is the mini penne. I love the nuttiness of the whole wheat pasta’s.

  46. Erica Best says:

    I like it’s whole grain and also taste great plus is all natural
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  47. Leann Lindeman says:

    Pasta that is good for you AND tastes good! Ya can’t go wrong! I won some of this pasta and have gone thru most of it! Yummy!

  48. Jessica F says:

    I love that Barilla Whole Grain has way more fiber than regular pasta!

  49. Conniedianef says:

    I love the fact that it doesn’t taste healthy! Wish I would’ve discovered Barilla whole grain pasta a long time ago.

  50. Christina Tong says:

    I love Barilla® Whole Grain Pasta because it provides more fiber, it is nutritious and delicious. I have been buying the Barilla’s regular pasta for many years and switched to this whole grain once I tried and love it’s texture.

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  52. sy says:

    I love the variety noodles and fast cook time. Thanks for the review and giveaway.
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  53. Jammie says:

    I love that is is healthier for you, we have switched to pretty much everything whole grain. sweepmorey at gmail dot com (I am a pasta lover, so takes away some guilt)

  54. linda brooks says:

    I love that is a good way to get whole grain into my kids diets.

  55. Gina M Maddox says:

    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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  57. Kerry says:

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

  58. angie lilly says:

    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!

  59. Maria Cantu says:

    I love that it has three times more fiber than regular pasta.

  60. Carmen says:

    My family can’t tell the difference and I love that it’s healthier!

  61. ewhatley says:

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

  62. ANGEL JACKLYN says:

    ALL THESE RECIPES HAVE MADE ME HUNGRY FOR SOME PASTA =)

    I LOVE THAT BARILLA WHOLE GRAIN FILLS ME UP SO QUICKLY, & LEAVES ME COMPLETELY SATISFIED HUNGER-WISE!

  63. Norma says:

    I like it’s healthier but still tastes good!

  64. LAMusing says:

    I haven’t tried it yet, but I love they offer a taste guarantee!

  65. Sarah L says:

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

  66. Mari says:

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

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  67. Anne K. says:

    Barilla is my favorite pasta brand. Some other whole grain pastas taste like cardboard, but Barilla tastes like pasta!! I always have a box or two of Barilla Whole Grain (or Barilla Plus) in my cupboard!)

  68. Ashley Tucker says:

    I love it’s healthy and has lots of fiber!!

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