It’s the name on the box…Thank you Barilla!


Hi Italian Foodies,

Welcome to the latest Vincenzo’s Plate blog post!

I was lucky enough to recently receive a delicious goodie bag from Barilla Australia and I want to share with you my excitement!

Barilla food products displayed on a table

After Barilla contacted me asking if they could deliver some delicious Barilla products to me and my answer was “OF COURSE, YES PLEASE!” just a few days later my fist Barilla goodie bag was on my table and all I could think of was, “What am I cooking first?”

The bag had lots of great Italian ingredients inside, including my favourite jar of Pesto Genovese, different types of dry pasta, a nice Barilla apron and…my most favourite biscuits in the WHOLE WORLD: Mulino Bianco – Pan di Stelle!!! I have been eating these biscuits since I was a child growing up in Italy, and every time I go back, my mum stocks the cupboard with kilos and kilos of them for me to enjoy! In English, “Pan di stelle”, means “Bread of stars”!

I was so confused of what to cook first and it was starting to make me hungry, so I opened the packet of biscuits and I ate them ALL!!! My stomach was so happy and helped me to decide what to cook.

Barilla pasta ingredients on a kitchen table

I ended up using the Barilla Orechiette Pugliesi and cooked  them with the Barilla Genovese pesto, adding some fresh  eggplant and juicy cherry tomatoes for the sauce. While it  was still yummy and hot, I sprinkled freshly grated parmesan cheese all over the top and waited until it  started to melt before I gobbled a big serve.

My wife really enjoyed the dish too because eggplant is her favourite vegetable of all time (and even  though Ill get in trouble for telling you, she ended up licking the wooden spoon clean because she loves  pesto even more than me!)

Barilla orecchiette pasta recipe

Write a comment below if you would like me to recreate this dish for one of my video recipes on You Tube!

I would really like to thank Barilla Australia from the bottom of my heart for giving me these delicious  goodies to share with you all.

What is your favourite Barilla product? Write a comment below and let me  know!

Thanks for reading and see you in the next Vincenzo’s Plate video recipe and blog post, coming soon.

E ora si mangia, Vincenzo’s Plate!

PS: I got into trouble from my wife for eating all the Pan di Stelle biscuits in one go…OOPS!

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8 Responses to It’s the name on the box…Thank you Barilla!

  1. Pat Mercado July 4, 2014 at 2:15 PM #

    I love barrilla products…I usually get their
    Pastas….. I try to cook Italian, but Italians cook the best Italian food!
    The recipe looks really good.

    • Vincenzo's Plate July 7, 2014 at 10:24 PM #

      Hi Pat,
      You don’t have to be Italian to cook real Italian food. As long you watch my video recipes I will help you to bring the Real Italy into your kitchen. Thank you

  2. Bianca July 4, 2014 at 7:22 PM #

    Yes definitely would love to see this as a video recipe! I need to make this as soon as possible! It looks absolutely amaze balls!

    • Vincenzo's Plate July 7, 2014 at 10:37 PM #

      Ciao Bianca,
      Thank you very much for your positive feedback. I will try to make the video recipe very soon.
      For now you can watch my pasta recipes from my Youtube channel. Make sure you register your email on my website so you get yummy updates in your inbox soon
      E ora si mangia, Vincenzo’s Plate

  3. Cecila July 8, 2014 at 3:50 PM #

    Thanks for the marvelous posting! I actually enjoyed reading
    it, you’re a great author. I will be sure to bookmark your blog and may
    come back down the road. I want to encourage yourself to continue your great work,
    have a nice morning!

    • Vincenzo's Plate July 13, 2014 at 8:34 PM #

      Thank you very much Ceciclia,
      You just made my day.
      I look forward to sharing more recipes with you
      E ora si mangia, Vincenzo’s Plate

  4. Gisella July 10, 2014 at 11:57 AM #

    I grew up with pan di stelle e mullino bianco and still use them!

    • Vincenzo's Plate July 13, 2014 at 8:35 PM #

      Ciao Gisella,
      Me too. I have been eating them all my life. Now in Italy you can find Pan di Stelle brioche, Pan di Stelle Cake and biscuits. They are sooooo goooood.
      Have a nice day

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