Pasta Lovers' Thanksgiving

Simple Holiday Appetizers and Sides


Over the past two years, we have had the time to become more accomplished cooks. New dishes are exciting, but cooking recipes with extensive steps can be exhausting. Here are some of our favorite Thanksgiving recipes using seasonal fall ingredients that save time and effort without sacrificing taste!

Rustic Basil Pesto Baked Brie Appetizer
Barilla Rustic Basil Pesto Topped Baked Brie with honey glazed dried fruit and nuts

This recipe is perfect for cheese lovers. This easy baked brie recipe elevates any gathering and is a sure way to impress your guests without breaking a sweat. This dish tops delicious brie cheese with Barilla Pesto, pine nuts, dried cherries, pistachios and basil.

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Barilla Rustic Basil Pesto & 3 Cheese Dip
Barilla Pesto with Cheese Dip and Breadsticks

For a party, appetizers are a must. Cheese dips like this one made with Ricotta, provolone, cream cheese and Rustic Basil Pesto come together quickly and are a sure way to impress your guests.


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Jalapeño Broccoli Mac and Cheese
Barilla elbow pasta mac and cheese broccoli

Don't sleep on using Cellentani in your mac and cheese. This easy mac and cheese recipe diverts from tradition by using spicy jalapeños, broccoli, Monterey Jack and cheddar cheese. Believe us - the payoff is worth it! Make this recipe for Thanksgiving or a Friendsgiving gathering this year.

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Barilla Italian 7-Layer Dip
Barilla® Italian 7-Layer Dip with Rustic Basil Pesto Sauce

7- Layer dip is a classic appetizer, and perfect for any holiday. Made with fresh and shelf stable ingredients, this easy recipe has something everyone at the party will love.

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Rotini with Artichoke Hearts & Cherry Tomatoes
rotini with artichoke hearts and cherry tomatoes

Save thyme this holiday by using canned artichokes in this artichoke pasta recipe. Rinse and drain your artichokes before heating a pan with extra virgin olive oil and lightly sautéing with shallots. Add in some white wine, thyme, cherry tomatoes and enjoy over delicious al dente Barilla Rotini pasta.


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Focaccia Sandwich with Turkey Red Pepper & Creamy Pesto
Creamy Ricotta & Basil Pesto foccacia sandwiches with turkey and roasted red peppers

Lots of extra Turkey from your Thanksgiving meal? Make these easy Italian sandwiches by swapping the deli meat with your leftover turkey for a delicious meal with no food waste!


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Gluten Free Penne with Roasted Squash and Sage Hazelnut Brown Butter
Barilla gluten free penne pasta with roasted butternut squash

This recipe has it all for fall: roasted squash, sage, hazelnuts, the nutty complexity of brown butter, pasta, and it's gluten free, too!

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Roasted Vegetable Skillet Lasagna
Blue Box wavy lasagne skillet recipe

A vegetable lasagna unlike any you've seen before, full of parsnips and butternut squash, with accents of ricotta and Parmigiano-Reggiano. The best part - no layering necessary so this recipe can be on the Thanksgiving table in under an hour.

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Collezione Penne with Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Bacon & Gorgonzola
Collezione Penne Pasta with Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Bacon, and Gorgonzola Cheese

What's better than Brussels sprouts, bacon, and Gorgonzola? Adding sage and Collezione penne to the mix. This casually elegant dish will be your new favorite way to savor a classic seasonal vegetable.

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