Whole Grain Shells, Spinach & Tomatoes


I don’t know what I would do if I ever had to give up pasta. I keep my pantry stocked with boxes and boxes of it — not just because it’s delicious, quick and easy, but also because there are so many options that I never ever get bored. Talk about quick, this simple pasta dish comes together in under 15 minutes. Not only is it beautiful, it’s HEALTHY. We’ve swapped out our usual Barilla® pasta for Barilla® Whole Grain pasta and added good-for-you spinach and tomatoes.

I’ve been buying classic Barilla® pasta for as long as I can remember, but have to admit I hadn’t tried Barilla’s whole grain pasta until recently. I found out that Barilla® Whole Grain is a great way to get whole grains into my family’s diet. Barilla® Whole Grain is made with 51% whole wheat. It’s an all-natural and excellent source of fiber, delivering three times the fiber of regular pasta. AND guess what? There is a taste guarantee — if you don’t love it, you get a free box of your favorite Barilla® pasta. How’s that for putting your money where your mouth is!

I was pleasantly surprised to find out that my kids noticed only that the color of the pasta was different, no mention of a taste difference. I’ll be making this again for sure.

For even more recipes using Barilla® Whole Grain Pasta check out TryBarillaWholeGrain.com.

EDITED TO ADD: Thank you for your entries. Contest has ended. Winner is #41: BIANCA@SWEET DREAMING and has been notified via email.

Here’s How:
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You may receive (2) total entries by selecting from the following entry methods:

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This giveaway is open to U.S. 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 2/21/12-3/31/12.


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!


Whole Grain Shells, Spinach & Tomatoes


  • 1 pound Barilla® whole grain medium shells
  • salt
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 small onion - minced
  • 1 clove garlic - minced
  • 2 cups fresh spinach
  • 1/4 cup cherry tomatoes - halved


  1. Place a large pot of generously salted water on to boil. While boiling, add pasta and cook until al dente. Drain.
  2. Into a medium saute pan add butter or oil. Cook over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and saute until softened.
  3. Add spinach and tomatoes and cook just until spinach has wilted. Season with salt and pepper
  4. Add drained pasta to saute pan. Toss to combine.



  1. 1

    LOVE Barilla! It’s my favorite pasta ever!! I just told people in my pasta class yesterday that my host mother in Italy (and every other italian i knew) actually used Barilla pasta! The whole grain is my absolute fave, and I always buy that or the “Plus”…love love love!

  2. 3

    Barilla is my go-to brand. I recently starting buying the Whole Grain pasta, and I love it. It’s not as tough as other whole grain pastas I’ve had and it makes you feel much better about eating an entire plateful (or two) of pasta!

  3. 4

    i make a pasta almost identical to this at home so often – post photoshoot when i don’t feel like doing much but cutting a few ingredients. i should be using whole wheat pasta more than i do – you’ve reminded me to make an effort to do that.


    – t*

  4. 5

    Barilla is my go-to brand. I love their Barilla Plus line as well as their whole grain line. My favorite recipe right now is whole grain pasta mixed with roasted veggies — red onions, zucchini, red bell peppers, carrots — olives, fresh basil, grated Parmesan cheese, and oil/vinegar salad dressing. Delish!

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    Lisa Shay /

    yum. yum. yum. i’m trying this recipe for sure. i like using the whole grain, because i feel better about serving it to my family.

  6. 7

    I love, love whole grain pastas, simply for the added nutrition. And I love the nutty flavor of Barilla whole grain pastas. This is my kind of meal too, I love simple pasta dishes!

  7. 8

    UHHHH YEAH. You can sign my face up.

  8. 9

    I LOVE the whole grain Barilla pastas! Healthy without being heavy = delicious!

  9. 10

    I love whole grain everything. Whole grain pasta was the first thing I rotated into my kitchen and I’ve never looked back!

  10. 11

    Love it! I can eat any kind of pasta, but this looks toooo good!

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    thai /

    oooo this would have come in handy last year when we gave up meat for lent

  12. 13
    tuan /

    this recipe looks delicious

  13. 14

    I Love that it is a healthier option for pasta!

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    thai /

    I have yet to try the whole grain pasta but it looks just as yummy

  15. 16

    Lovely Paula! I love the whole grain pastas!

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    Jennie from Cole Camp /

    I’ve had a hard time getting my family to eat whole grain pasta due to the texture but I am definitly going to give Barilla Whole Grain a try. Thanks for the recommendation.

  17. 18
    Vanessa /

    LOVE Barilla Whole-Grain Pastas!

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    Amanda /

    I love how Barilla stays authentically Italian while giving us healthy pasta!

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    Rochel S /

    I love Whole Grain Pasta! Soo much healthier!

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    Cynthia Soll /

    It’s delicious!!!

  21. 22
    Missy /

    I love the whole grain Barilla pasta. It has a great taste that adds another dimension to whatever pasta dish you add it to. I love the slightly nutty flavor it gives to the dish.

  22. 23

    barilla whole grain is a perfect vehicle for other veggies and it’s whole grain! so, it’s healthy! 🙂 love me some pasta and veggies 🙂

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    Athena /

    Barilla is one of my favorite pasta brands. Would love to win this!

  24. 26
    Deborah /

    You can’t go wrong using Barilla pasta and the whole grain option is awesome!

  25. 27
    candace /

    i love that barilla whole wheat pasta is easy to cook and good for my family!

  26. 28

    I have to be honest, I have yet to find a whole grain pasta I like. Maybe it’s me?

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    brian manis /

    the TASTE! duh

  28. 30

    I love the nutty, chewy whole grain flavor!

  29. 31

    I tweeted the giveaway. 🙂

  30. 32
    Mami2jcn /

    I love the great taste of Barilla Whole Grain, plus the fact that my kids like it!

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    Mami2jcn /


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    Elena /

    I love that it’s tasty and healthy

  33. 36
    Amanda Sakovitz /

    i love that it tastes great but is good for you

  34. 38
    Jenise /

    I love the nutty flavour of Barilla Whole Grain Pasta!

  35. 39

    Oh this is nice. I opened this post all excited over the “whole grain” in the title and found a giveaway. 🙂

    I love how simple yet beautiful this dish is! And in case you’re wondering, 100% whole wheat pasta is also super yummy. You get used to it after a few times. Really! I love making my own but having Barilla 51% whole wheat is nice to have around when I’m too tired to make my own.

  36. 40

    I love the nuttiness!

  37. 41

    I could neverrr give up pasta either! This looks so good 🙂

  38. 42
    Rebecca Graham /

    I like the whole grain because it is a healthier pasta to use.

  39. 45
    Patty T /

    I love that Barilla whole grain is an easy way to get whole grains into my diet while decreasing the amount of refined white flour.

  40. 46

    I love Barilla! And would love to find a whole wheat pasta that’s only different in color 😉 and not taste!!

  41. 47
    Rachel Green /

    I have switched entirely to multi-grain pastas. Great contest!

  42. 48
    Corisa /

    Yum! I love how much healthier pasta can be with the whole grains ! Fills you up faster too!

  43. 49

    I love the texture. So yummy!

  44. 50
    Sheila K. /

    Barilla is delicious, economical, doesn’t spike one’s glycemic index, and stays in the stomach longer so one feels fuller longer!

  45. 51

    I love Barilla pasta – and whole grain is always the best option.

  46. 54
    Alessandra /

    What i love about whole grain pasta is that it’s both healthy and delicious…that doesn’t happen very often to me!

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    courtney b /

    i love how healthy it is and all the great dishes you can make

  48. 57
    amy pugmire /

    I love that its all natural and a great source of fiber

  49. 59
    Jessie C. /

    I like it’s whole grain and also taste great. Kids love it as well.
    tcarolinep at gmail dot com

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    Allison C /

    I love that it is tasty AND healthy. Not to mention a great source of fiber which I find hard to fit into my diet sometimes. I have tried many different whole grain pastas and this is by far my favorite and it’s easy on my wallet!

  51. 62

    I have always been very happy with Barilla pasta, they make a good quality pasta that I really like.

  52. 63
    Brett /

    Sounds like a great and healthy alternative. What a great giveaway.

  53. 65
    Lisa Stokes /

    I love the flavor of Barilla!!

  54. 66
    Philby /

    Whole grain pasta is a great way to give your body the whole grains it needs! Plus it is yummy with a good red sauce 🙂

  55. 67
    marci h /

    i love the taste–fills you up!! 🙂

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    Mattie /

    My husband became a diabetic early last year and we thought his enjoyment of any kind of pasta (a big favorite in this house!) was over. Not so! The Barilla pasta doesn’t spike his sugar at all, we were amazed and we really enjoy the flavor of it.

  57. 69
    Pat R /

    I love that I don’t feel guilty because this is a healthy form of starch.

  58. 70
    Joe /

    Love whole grain

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    Tian Kinasih /

    What I love is Barilla Whole Grain is made with 51% whole wheat, which is excellent source of fiber.

  60. 72
    Debbie B /

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

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    I love that it is healthier and tastes good.

  63. 76

    I love that it actually has taste! Once you eat this, you will never go back to all white pasta.

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    TK /

    I love the taste of whole grain pasta! It’s so good with chicken and a tomato sauce.

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    Stefani /

    I love that it doesn’t taste much different than regular pasta!

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    Shelly /

    I love that it makes my daughter’s spaghetti healthier!

  67. 81

    We eat a lot more wholegrain pasta than we used to – I actually really love the nutty taste now. This looks absolutely gorgeous. I discovered your blog only yesterday so am really looking forward to exploring all your previous recipes too 🙂

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    Francesca /

    Looks and sounds like a great “light” dish. Yum!

  69. 83
    Devona Fryer /

    I love that they are finally making a healthy pasta and Barilla is my favorite already…so I am psyched!

  70. 85
    Gail /

    Love the nutty flavor plus its so good for you

  71. 86
    Lisa /

    I love every little chance to serve healthy alternatives to my family. Barilla gives me many choices!

  72. 87

    I love that its a healthy way to enjoy pasta – one of the best comfort foods in the world!

  73. 88
    Julie Sliva /

    Love the extra fiber and the taste doesn’t suffer! Kids love it too!

  74. 89
    NJJ /

    I love that Barilla whole grain doesn’t have the heavy starchy taste like traditional pastas do 🙂

  75. 90

    What a nice simple healthy meal. I’ve been making Barilla Whole Grain Pasta for my kids for a while now and love the fact that my kids get some whole grains into their diet even they’re having pasta.

  76. 91

    I love that it is healthy,but I can still get my husband to eat it because it tastes so good!

  77. 93

    I love to make homemade spaghetti and mushrooms to match with whole wheat pasta.

  78. 95
    Melanie /

    I love all the awesome fiber!

  79. 96
    Shewanna /

    I love whole wheat pasta! It makes the simplest of pastas more complex! Add a little black pepper, garlic, roasted veggies, parm and you’re set!

  80. 97
    Lisa Bailey /

    It’s a healthy alternative to regular pasta.

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    Karen Lynch /

    I love that when I put it in a dish my family eats it without whining. They actually like it and I like that it is healthier with more fiber and protein than regular white pasta.

  82. 99
    Karen Lynch /

    I tweeted about the giveaway

  83. 100

    Hi Paula! We had a wonderful time at dinner tonight! Thank you for having our family over for delicious food and a sweet time of fellowship. Lots of love, Sarah
    ps- I can’t wait to try your recipes!

  84. 101
    Kristen M. /

    I love that my kids will eat whole wheat pasta without a fuss. Too often the healthier foods are challenging to convince them to eat.

  85. 102

    I like readily available whole grain options and barilla is a brand that I trust.

  86. 103
    Sandy /

    My husband doesn’t like whole grain pastas….but, I tried Barilla and now it’s Ok to use it “occasionally”. We’ll see how often occasionally is ;-). Thank you Barilla.

  87. 104
    Kay Whorley /

    I really honestly like the Barilla Brand whole wheat pastas. They are satisfying and delicious.

  88. 105
    Natasha R. /

    I love that it’s a healthier alternative to traditional pasta.

  89. 106
    Ruthie /

    Great taste and good for me!

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    tara pittman /

    great way to get more whole grains in diet

  91. 108
    Allicia /

    I think it tastes great, and I don’t feel too guilty if I go back for seconds.

  92. 109
    J Harrell /

    I love Barilla brand Whole Wheat pasta because it is easy to cook, and healthier than normal pasta.

  93. 110
    Jen /

    I love that it’s an easy (and tasty!) way to introduce whole wheat into something I frequently eat!

  94. 111

    I love their pasta and buy it all the time. The whole-grain is my favorite, I like that it is healthier!

  95. 112
    Christy B. /

    It’s the only pasta I use! Everything else is all mushy! Love Barilla.

  96. 113
    Kenny /

    What do I love about Barilla® Whole Grain? Healthier pasta without any loss of flavor or texture. It’s a wonderful option.

  97. 114

    i love that it is more nutritious than plain white pasta

  98. 116
    Mary Cooper /

    I love the nutrional party and that it is more chewy and not so soft. I want my pasta to hold up! 🙂

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    anna pry /

    love the taste and texture

  100. 119
    shannon /

    I like the convenience of pasta for getting whole grains!

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    sandra /

    i like that it still tastes good

  102. 122

    I like the price point and the consistency.

    won2xx at gmail dot com

  103. 124
    MelissaO /

    I love the nutty flavor and fiber. Husband isn”t a fan of whole grain pasta so I use it to make vegetarian lunches for just me.

    wolverina401 at gmail dot com

  104. 125

    I love that its healthier and still tastes good.

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    Dahbou /

    I love the fact that it delivers three times the fiber of regular pasta and still tastes delicious!

  106. 130
    Devona Fryer /

    I love how healthy it is. It’s a great way to add whole grains to our diet. I love your recipe also.

  107. 131
    Janine /

    I love the great taste and how easy it is to make!

  108. 132
    Debra F /

    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.

  109. 133

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

  110. 134
    NJ /

    barila is healthy and tasty!

  111. 135
    meredith /

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

  112. 137
    Tina M /

    I love the taste

  113. 139
    Erica Best /

    I like it’s whole grain and also taste great plus is all natural
    purple_lover_04 at msn dot com

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    Christina Tong /

    I love Barilla’s 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. Thanks for this great giveaway!


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    Christina Tong /

    I tweeted about this giveaway: https://twitter.com/#!/ctong2/status/180931794797998081


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    Ashley Hatten /

    I like that its good for me and my kids cant tell the difference! thanks!

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    Leann Lindeman /

    whole grain is so good for you… I am glad they offer this!

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    Jessica F /

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

  120. 148
    sy /

    I love the variety of noodles and fast cook time. Thanks for the review and giveaway.
    songyueyu at gmail

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    Jammie /

    We love the flavor of the whole grain. Knowing it is healthier makes preparing our favorite meals easier. sweepmorey at gmail dot com

  122. 152
    Kerry /

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

  123. 154
    linda brooks /

    Barilla Whole Grain Pasta is very tasty, and is all Im using now.

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    Gina M Maddox /

    I love that Barilla Whole Grain is all natural and is a great source of fiber. Thanks for the chance to win!
    gina.m.maddox (AT) gmail (DOT) com

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    Gina M Maddox /

    gina.m.maddox (AT) gmail (DOT) com

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    Meryl /

    I love the taste and texture.

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    Julie /

    We already use this pasta-love the flavor thanks

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    Maria Cantu /

    I love the taste.

  129. 160

    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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    Carmen /

    I love that this pasta is 51% whole grain and tastes great.

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    Kathleen Conner /

    I love that you can eat healthier without it tasting any different!

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    ewhatley /

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

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    Norma /

    I like it;s healthier but still tastes good

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    LAMusing /

    I love they offer a taste guarantee!

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    Betty C /

    I’ve been wanting to find a whole grain pasta that I actually like and it seems like Barilla might just be the one. I’ll be taking advantage of the taste guarantee soon.

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    Sarah L /

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

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    Mari /

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

    runningmatey at hotmail dot com

  139. 176

    I think it’s awesome that they have a taste guarantee!

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    Anne Kaluza /

    I love how easy it is to substitute Barilla Whole Grain for regular pasta in all of my recipes. I feel good about feeding Barilla to my family!

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    John Billiris /

    I like that Barilla whole grain is good for my heart and my body.

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