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!

Barilla Gluten Free Rotini with Charred Green Onion Pesto, Cashews and Cranberries
Barilla gluten free pasta rotini with charred green onion and pesto cashews cranberries

This recipe is perfect for cranberry lovers. This simple pasta dish uses charred green onions combined with cashews and Parmigiano Reggiano cheese to make an easy homemade pesto. This dish is finished by mixing the rotini with reserved pasta water, pesto, and cranberries!


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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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Instant Pot Zucchini and Squash Pasta Toss
Penne with tomato basil and zucchini Instant Pot recipe

Need room on the stove or in the oven? This instant pot pasta recipe is the perfect side dish that frees up valuable kitchen space during a busy holiday.


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Barilla Penne Meatball Skewer Party
Barilla penne with meatball skewers

Meatballs are classic and loved by many. Here is a way to make this popular food shareable and the prefect party starter everyone will enjoy.


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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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