Delicious and Easy Mediterranean Pasta Bake

This post is sponsored, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

This delicious, easy Mediterranean Pasta Bake is an incredible dish for the season. Bring to a party or serve right at home! All ingredients at Walmart. #HolidayPairing #ad

I think my cooking has been more adventurous lately.

I wasn’t sure what caused it at first, but I realize it’s blogging that has changed! Connecting with my readers over delicious food has been nothing short of a dream. I hope you’ve been enjoying my journey as I figure out what we love to eat, and how to share it with you. With the holidays coming, we are probably all on the lookout for recipes more than usual. I know I like to go a bit beyond the usual holiday dinners. There are potlucks and holiday parties and next-day leftovers. There are many reasons to cook, and also to find quality ingredients and recipes to share with loved ones. Like a good pasta bake!

Perfect pasta and melted cheese. What could be better?

To be fair, I always make a pasta bake. Fall and winter absolutely call for the immersion of pasta, cheese and sauce. Add some meat and/or vegetables and it’s pretty much perfection. I made a crockpot lasagna two years ago, and a baked ziti last year. This year? I’m looking for something new for my holiday entertaining. I think a homemade pasta dish is the BEST to take to holiday parties. All that sauce and cheese goodness. AND, I’m headed to my first holiday party in just two weeks.

I need something perfect!

You all know I’m a big time Walmart shopper. The one by my house has everything I need for my holiday entertaining. My goal is to take my party recipes to next level, and I’m doing that with Barilla Pasta (and sauce) and with Galbani Cheese. They make the most perfect pairing for the holidays, AND they’re conveniently found at Walmart. My recipe for Mediterranean Pasta Bake is an easy one! If you cook the chicken from scratch, it might tack on some time, but you can also use already cooked chicken for an even faster meal. Don’t let the timing fool you, though. This meal will taste like you took all day to make it! This will take your homemade pasta game to next level with the sauce and cheese, and fun ingredients.

Delicious and Easy Mediterranean Pasta Bake

Delicious and Easy Mediterranean Pasta Bake

Ingredients

  1. 1 box Barilla Rigatoni
  2. 1/2 jar Barilla Marinara Sauce
  3. 2-3 handfuls Galbani Mozzarella
  4. 1.5 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts, diced
  5. 1 pint grape tomatoes
  6. 1/2 cup sliced artichoke hearts
  7. 1/2 cup white beans
  8. 1/2 cup Kalamata olives
  9. Salt, pepper, oregano to taste

Instructions

  • 1. Heat oven to 425 degrees
  • 2. Cook Barilla Rigatoni according to box, drain, and set aside
  • 3. Meanwhile, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium-high heat
  • 4. Season chicken with salt and pepper and cook for 5-7 minutes, or until no longer pink
  • 5. Set chicken aside with pasta
  • 6. Add tomatoes to a casserole dish and toss with olive oil, salt and pepper
  • 7. Cook until the tomatoes are about to burst - for about 15 minutes
  • 8. Remove the casserole dish from the oven and add the cooked Barilla Rigatoni, chicken, artichoke hearts, olives, beans, oregano, sauce, and parsley/basil
  • 9. Top the casserole with Galbani Mozzarella and bake for another 5-7 minutes, or until cheese is golden and bubbling
  • 10. Enjoy!
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Pasta is my love language and it always has been. I don’t think I could ever get tired of it. You can get so creative with pasta and express yourself through recipes. Also, it’s an important part of the Mediterranean Diet – which is a healthy way of eating that is inspired by the dietary patterns of the Mediterranean region. It’s all about a variety of quality food groups eaten in reasonable quantities. I choose Barilla because it’s made with few, wholesome ingredients to provide a simple and natural way to enjoy eating. I buy a different kind of Barilla Pasta every time I go to the store. This time it was Rigatoni.

And Galbani is wonderful. It’s the #1 cheese brand in Italy. I like the Shredding Mozzarella because it has a firmer texture for smooth shredding and better melting. There are no additives like cellulose, potato starch, or other anti-clumping agents.

Right now, check out this Ibotta offer to earn $2 when you purchase Barilla Pasta/Sauce and Galbani Cheese!

Enjoy!

This delicious, easy Mediterranean Pasta Bake is an incredible dish for the season. Bring to a party or serve right at home! All ingredients at Walmart. #HolidayPairing #ad

My Holiday Style Guide With Misook: 25% Promo Code!

This post is a collaboration with Misook. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own!

Ok, this was one of the more fun activities I’ve done recently – and that’s create a mood board!

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I am incredibly excited to share a promo code with you today for 25% off – valid across Misook’s ENTIRE site through the end of December. The promo code is: MSK9591. And who knows – perhaps your mood board looks different from mine?

Misook is a premier woman’s fashion brand and they’re focused on crafting exceptional knitwear inspired by real women, like YOU. And me. Comfort is a perfect match for sophistication and style. Next week is Cassidy’s work holiday party. When we get dressed up together, we LOVE it. I picked out a few of my favorites to share with you. And I want to see yours too!

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I have my favorite colors. I do love red and green, but while my first favorite color to wear is burgundy, my second is royal blue. And having simple black and white numbers is always important. Here are my top picks for my style guide:

Stretch Cotton Hi-Neck Blouse:

Vintage Rose Tank:

Sleeveless Sheath Dress:

Boot Skirt with Silver Studs:

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Legging with Zipper Detail:

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Directional Stripe Jacket:

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All of the above photos and clothing titles are clickable links. I’m really all about holiday style. It’s a fun time of year to have some basics and some really bright and fun pieces in your closet. It’s cold outside where we live, but parties and gatherings are often quite warm and cozy. This gives us the opportunity to pick pieces that are comfortable and stylish and the sky is the limit. Let my style guide take you to a pretty awesome place, but I’d love to see what YOU love from Misook.

Don’t forget to head to Misook’s website and use the promo code: MSK9591 to receive 25% off!!

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Which of my picks is your favorite?