Pronto Penne Pasta with Kale & Mushrooms

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I don't know about you, but my menu planning shifts and changes a bit once school begins. I have been gearing up for back to school meals and Barilla pasta and sauces work great for my busy family. This delicious Pronto Penne Pasta with Kale & Mushrooms recipe is made with kale and mushrooms that my family simply loves. The Barilla Pronto Penne Pasta and Barilla sauces are perfect for busy families like mine.

Pronto Penne Pasta with Kale & Mushrooms

I have been using Barilla pasta and sauces since my husband and I went to Italy almost two decades ago! Barilla pasta was basically all that was sold at the grocer while we spent three glorious weeks in Tuscany on a vineyard. I even tasted pesto from Barilla for the first time while in Italy. I thought if the Italians use Barilla pasta and sauces in Italy, I will use them at home and I have done just that ever since.

For every box of Barilla® Pronto™ purchased at Walmart between 7/31/2016 and 10/31/2016, Barilla® will donate 10 meals to kids in need through No Kid Hungry, up to half-a-million meals.*

I purchased my back to school pronto boxes at Walmart and Barilla donated 40 boxes for me! The Barilla Pronto Pasta boxes are right in the same aisle as Barilla pasta.
Pronto Penne Pasta with Kale & Mushrooms

Get Back To Routine with Barilla Pronto Pasta & Sauces!

Sometimes there are nights when I just do not have time for an elaborate meal or time to even prep a meal for my family. I love when I can cook tasty meals in one pot for my family; delicious and less mess to clean up! With Barilla Pronto Pastas, I do not even need to wait for water to boil, let alone drain the pasta. I cook everything in one pot and on really busy nights, I serve dinner right from the pot as well.

Pronto Penne Pasta with Kale & Mushrooms

Barilla Pronto uses less water, less energy and save me tons of time. These pastas and sauces are perfect for those super busy nights when we have very little time to sit down to dinner before we are off to another activity. Plus, it tastes great and my kids love it!

My kids are getting a bit older now and if I need a bit of help in the kitchen due to busy schedules, I can assign some kitchen tasks for my all my kids. I have made my kitchen functional so that my kids can help me on these busy nights of crammed schedules. Don’t under estimate your kiddos, they are fully capable of helping out with meal preparation. And better still, they love it and will eat better for me when they cook the meal!

Pronto Penne Pasta with Kale & Mushrooms

Pronto Penne Pasta with Kale & Mushrooms


Ingredients

1 box Barilla® Pronto™ Penne

1 ½ cups cold water

1 ½ cups chicken broth

1 onion, chopped

8 ounces sliced mushrooms

4 leaves kale, chiffonade

1 15 ounce jar Barilla tomato sauce OR 1 6.3 ounce jar Barilla Pesto

2 teaspoons Italian seasoning (optional)

1½ teaspoons salt (optional)

Pronto Penne Pasta with Kale & Mushrooms

Instructions

Add a bit of cooking oil to a pan and the chopped onion and mushrooms. Saute for a couple of minutes.

Pour 1½ cups of cold water and 1½ cups of chicken broth into the pan. Pour the entire box of pronto penne pasta into your pan, ensuring that the liquid covers the pasta.

Cook on medium-high, stirring regularly, until most of the water is absorbed.

When pasta is almost al dente, add the tomato sauce(or the Pesto) and the kale; gently simmer through. Remove from heat and add Italian seasoning and salt to taste. Serve immediately.

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What I like the most about this recipe is that I get not one recipe, but two great family recipes. All I have to do is switch the sauces! One night I use the tomato sauce and another night I use the pesto sauce. Both are huge hits with my kids and my husband and I have great memories of cooking together in Italy.

Pronto Penne Pasta with Kale & Mushrooms
Pronto Penne Pasta with Kale & Mushrooms
Pronto Penne Pasta with Kale & Mushrooms
Pronto Penne Pasta with Kale & Mushrooms
Pronto Penne Pasta with Kale & Mushrooms
Pronto Penne Pasta with Kale & Mushrooms

This meal comes together in less than 30 minutes and when everyone helps out, we are eating in about 20 minutes. Barilla helps me feed my family with hot, family-friendly dinners. We are all eating well and enjoying some time together before we dash off in different directions.

Pronto Penne Pasta with Kale & Mushrooms
Summer disappeared in a flash of fun and we are all headed back to school. It is super easy to have some great meal ideas that are quick and affordable for the busy days and nights ahead of us. Here is another great recipe from Barilla to help out with all those busy nights. The next time you are at Walmart, be sure to pick up the Barilla Pronto pastas.
Pronto Penne Pasta with Kale & Mushrooms
Pronto Penne Pasta with Kale & Mushrooms
Pronto Penne Pasta with Kale & Mushrooms

*$1.00 can provide a child 10 healthy meals. This amount is based on individual experiences of grant recipients. Contributions will be used to reach the highest number of children facing hunger in America. Share Our Strength is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization.

What are your go-to, pronto dinners?

Pronto Penne Pasta with Kale & Mushrooms