What are the Ready Pasta products that are being introduced?
Barilla® is introducing Ready Pasta to provide an ultra-convenient pasta option to anyone who seeks a quick meal solution or snack. Barilla Ready Pasta is crafted with high quality semolina (wheat), durum wheat flour, extra virgin olive oil and sea salt for a perfect "al dente" texture and delicious flavor. Varieties include Penne, Elbows, Rotini and Gemelli. Ready Pasta will offer pasta consumers all the delicious taste and texture they have come to trust from Barilla in just 60 seconds.
What ingredients are included in Ready Pasta?
Ready Pasta is a fully cooked pasta, crafted with high quality semolina (wheat), durum wheat flour, extra virgin olive oil and sea salt.
How do you prepare Ready Pasta?
Each variety of Ready Pasta will have specific heating instructions on the back of the package. It is prepared differently than traditional pasta as it can either be microwaved for 60 seconds or warmed in a skillet with two teaspoons of olive oil for 2 to 4 minutes. Simply knead the pouch prior to opening, then follow the directions on the back of the package for the best results.
What can I use Ready Pasta for?
Ready Pasta is perfect for a quick lunch, dinner or snack! Ready in just 60 seconds, it’s great for a meal on the go, whether it be lunch at work, an after-school snack or an easy, delicious dinner at home.
Does Barilla’s Ready Pasta taste like other Barilla pasta?
The new Barilla Ready Pasta lives up to the quality standards that pasta lovers have come to expect from Barilla. Due to the difference in ingredients and heating process, Barilla Ready Pasta’s taste and texture may vary slightly from other Barilla pastas. For the best taste and texture, follow the heating instructions on the back of the package.
Will Barilla’s Ready Pasta product be placed on shelves adjacent to other Barilla products or will it be in a separate section of the grocery store?
The location of Barilla Ready Pasta will vary from store to store. In many instances, the product will be located in the dry pasta aisle, near Barilla’s traditional pasta products or located within the convenience section of dry pasta products.
What is the preparation difference between Ready Pasta and Blue Box Barilla Pasta?
Ready Pasta is fully cooked pasta that can either be heated in the microwave for 60 seconds or in a skillet with two teaspoons of olive oil for 2 to 4 minutes. Both preparation processes achieve “al dente” perfection. For best results, follow the heating instructions on the back of the package.
How can Ready Pasta be shelf stable and ready in just 60 seconds?
Ready Pasta is fully cooked using a tailor-made production where the pasta is cooked in the pouch. This allows Barilla to avoid using any food preservatives without compromising on product quality, ensuring a shelf life of 14 months at room temperature. Ready Pasta is already fully cooked. The 60 seconds in the microwave is required to re-heat the pasta, per Barilla’s standards.
Can I eat Ready Pasta without heating?
Yes, because Ready Pasta is already fully cooked but we don’t recommend it. Heating for 60 seconds in the microwave or in a skillet is recommended to bring the product to the optimal texture for eating.
What if I forget to tear the pouch before microwaving?
There is no problem if you forget to tear before microwaving, although the steam in the pouch will cause it to swell and possibly pop. If you forget to tear, it is recommended that you wait 2 minutes after heating to open to avoid the built-up steam in the pouch.
I forgot to knead the pouch before microwaving, now what?
No problem. The pasta will still heat properly but may require a little extra work. You do not want to knead the product in the pouch after microwaving as it will be hot. Dump the product in a bowl and gently separate with a fork.
Can I use Ready Pasta in a baked dish?
Absolutely, Ready Pasta is a convenient substitute to traditional Barilla dry pasta for any recipe. Add the unheated pasta directly to your dish.
Can I use Ready Pasta in a cold pasta salad?
Absolutely, Ready Pasta is a convenient substitute to traditional Barilla dry pasta for any recipe. Although, we still do recommend you reheat the product according to the package direction even when adding to a recipe that calls for cold pasta. The reheating brings the pasta to optimal texture. Just allow a few minutes after heating for the pasta to cool down.
Can I save some of the pasta for later?
Yes, just make sure to refrigerate and use within 2 days. Do not use the pouch to reheat. Instead place the remaining pasta in a microwave safe bowl and reheat for 30-60 seconds.
Can you freeze Ready Pasta?
We recommend never to freeze the product while it’s still sealed in the original container as it does create more complexity to thaw it and eat it at your convenience. The product tastes best when it is stored in a dry place.
Can I eat right out of the pouch?
Yes, you can. Gently knead the pouch to separate pasta. However, we recommend heating it to enjoy the product. To make an authentic Italian meal, we recommend adding two teaspoons of olive oil, salt and pepper to taste, finished with a sprinkle of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese.
Is Barilla Ready Pasta nutritious? Is it better for you than other Barilla products?
Barilla Ready Pasta is considered a natural part of the internationally acclaimed Mediterranean diet, an eating pattern that is considered by nutritionists to be one of the world’s healthiest ways to eat. The diet was recommended by the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans as a pattern that can help promote health and prevent disease. Pasta tossed with other healthy ingredients, such as vegetables, beans, lean proteins, olive oil and herbs, is an easy way to follow a balanced Mediterranean-style Diet.
Barilla Ready Pasta is just as nutritious as Barilla’s other traditional semolina pastas. It can be the perfect foundation of a nutritious meal and a regular part of a well-balanced diet. Incorporating a variety of quality food groups into the diet in reasonable quantities is a great way to get all nutrients the body needs.
Is Barilla Ready Pasta gluten free?
Barilla’s Ready Pasta is made up of high-quality, non-GMO ingredients and contains no preservatives; however, it is not gluten free. Barilla’s Gluten Free pastas provide an enjoyable way to enjoy pasta for those seeking a gluten free diet or who have gluten sensitivities.
Can the Ready Pasta packaging be recycled?
Through Barilla’s free recycling program with TerraCycle, consumers can recycle their Ready Pasta packaging. Simply remove all excess product (i.e. leftover pasta) and dry product completely (if rinsed). To earn a TerraCycle donation point, shipments are required to weigh over 2 lbs. However, shipments to TerraCycle can be any size. For this program, Barilla® Ready Pasta is the only acceptable waste you can ship.
Follow these simple instructions to recycle your Barilla® Ready Pasta pouch today: