Review: Barilla® Whole Grain Pasta

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…


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.

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

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

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  1. anash says

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

    Thanks for the chance!
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  2. 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…

  3. 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!

  4. 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!

  5. 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

  6. Kelly D says

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

  7. MelissaO says

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

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  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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!

  11. 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.

  12. 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.


  13. 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)

  14. 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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  16. 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!

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  18. 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!)

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