Barilla Whole-Grain Penne with Arugula Pesto

Barilla Whole-Grain Penne with Arugula Pesto
Staff Writer
Barilla

Pesto is one of those amazing condiments in cooking because of the diverse amount of ingredients you can use to make it. Chef Lorenzo Boni of Barilla uses arugula instead of basil in this recipe to give the pesto a sharp bite. A subtle marinara sauce paired with the pesto and whole-grain pasta make these recipe flavorful and good for you, too. 

4
Servings
641
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1 Pound whole-grain penne, preferably Barilla
  • Half a 26-ounce jar of marinara sauce, preferably Barilla
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/4 Cup almonds
  • 1/4 Cup Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, grated, plus more for serving
  • 3 Cups arugula
  • 1/2 Cup plus 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste

Directions

Cook the pasta according to package instructions in a large pot of boiling, salted water. In a small skillet, heat the marinara sauce. Meanwhile, in a blender, add the garlic, almonds, grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, and arugula; pulse for 10 seconds. Slowly drizzle in the olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Pour the pesto into a large bowl. Drain the pasta, reserving ½ cup of the cooking liquid.

Add the cooking liquid to the pesto. Add the pasta and stir to combine. To serve, place a small amount of the hot sauce at the bottom of a bowl, top with a scoop of pasta, and garnish with shredded Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese.

                                                

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
35g
50%
Sugar
16g
18%
Saturated Fat
5g
21%
Cholesterol
3mg
1%
Carbohydrate, by difference
64g
49%
Protein
21g
46%
Vitamin A, RAE
180µg
26%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
23mg
31%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
167µg
100%
Calcium, Ca
391mg
39%
Choline, total
52mg
12%
Fiber, total dietary
12g
48%
Folate, total
238µg
60%
Iron, Fe
6mg
33%
Magnesium, Mg
162mg
51%
Manganese, Mn
3mg
100%
Niacin
5mg
36%
Pantothenic acid
1mg
20%
Phosphorus, P
353mg
50%
Selenium, Se
40µg
73%
Sodium, Na
554mg
37%
Water
187g
7%
Zinc, Zn
3mg
38%

Penne Shopping Tip

Italian food is about simplicity and letting the ingredients shine. So make sure you get ingredients that are great quality and flavor. Farmers markets and specialty stores will have great produce and products. Just be sure to have some great olive oil.

Penne Cooking Tip

Unlike other highly regarded cuisines, Italian cooking is usually simple to make with many dishes having only 4 to 8 ingredients. Italian cooks rely chiefly on the quality of the ingredients rather than on elaborate preparation.