Summer Meals With Barilla Pasta & Gold Peak Tea

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Summer is in full swing now which means long busy days, endless barbecues, and warm weather.

When I think of summer I think of living life to the fullest, unwinding, relaxing, and enjoying the flavors of summer with friends and family. Two of my favorite flavors, that it just wouldn’t feel like summer without, are Gold Peak Tea and Barilla Pasta. Today I want to share how this fantastic pair can brighten up your next barbecue as well as a delicious, simple recipe that might leave your guests calling you the hostest with the mostest.

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On a recent shopping trip to our local Wal-Mart we decided to stock up on a few essentials. Some recent barbecues and parties had left our existing stash low, when I found a coupon deal $1 off when you buy any two (2) 64 fl oz bottles of Gold Peak Tea on Coupons.com AND an Ibotta offer for Barilla – Buy 3 products and earn $1. Valid on all Barilla Blue Box Products and Barilla Pesto Sauce, I knew the time to stock up was now.

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I also picked up a few ingredients to make the perfect summer pasta salad. My friend Liz had shared about a Pesto Pasta Salad and I knew that Barilla Pasta’s al dente perfection would be perfect to recreate my version with. My recipe is quick, easy, and can be prepared ahead of time. It is the perfect dish to eat at home with the family or at a shared meal with others.

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Barilla-ingredientsPasta, fruits, and veggies are staples in a Mediterranean diet, which is considered one of the worlds healthiest diets.

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Pesto Pasta Salad
A light and refreshing pasta salad featuring Barilla pasta and pairs perfectly with Gold Peak tea
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2300 calories
14 g
179 g
230 g
52 g
55 g
632 g
1437 g
8 g
0 g
166 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
632g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 2300
Calories from Fat 2028
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 230g
353%
Saturated Fat 55g
273%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 21g
Monounsaturated Fat 145g
Cholesterol 179mg
60%
Sodium 1437mg
60%
Total Carbohydrates 14g
5%
Dietary Fiber 3g
11%
Sugars 8g
Protein 52g
Vitamin A
69%
Vitamin C
52%
Calcium
117%
Iron
15%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 Box Barilla Cellentani ( I only used about 3/4 of the box)
  2. 8 oz Fresh mozzarella
  3. 1-1.5 Cups Cherry tomatoes
  4. 1 Bag of arugula
  5. 1 6.3 oz Jar of Barilla Traditional Pesto Sauce
Instructions
  1. 1) Cook the pasta according to the directions on the box.
  2. 2) While the pasta is cooking cube the fresh mozzarella and slice the cherry tomatoes in half.
  3. 3) When the pasta is cooked rinse for a few minutes under cold water to stop from further cooking and cool so it doesn't melt the cheese cubes.
  4. 4) Mix the pasta with the pesto, cheese and tomatoes.
  5. 5) You can now choose to mix in a couple handfuls of the arugula or serve the pasta over a bed of arugula. If you plan on leftovers, I would choose to serve over the arugula.
Notes
  1. Refrigerate in a covered dish for 3-4 days.
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I had achieved summer pasta perfection in less than half an hour. But what meal is complete without the perfect drink to pair it with? And what better drink to pair it with than Gold Peak Tea.

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This sweet tea is so refreshing and convenient. I can grab one on the run or pour it over ice into one of my mason jars. Gold Peak also comes in several flavor varieties too.

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I’m not sure how long the pasta will last or how quickly the tea will disappear. But I do know where I can go to pick up more and that my family is fully enjoying their summer and the flavors that come with it too.

What is your favorite summer flavor?
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  • This looks AMAZING, Beth. I love some cold pasta salads! I will definitely be trying this one. Thank you!

    • You are so welcome! I hope that you love it!

  • You know, I was just craving some pesto! This looks perfect!

  • Yum! I love pasta dishes – that one looks really great for summer. Gold Peak makes delicious tea. I like to buy one sweetened and one unsweetened and mix them, which is not very Southern, but oh well! 🙂

    • That is a fantastic idea Whitney! I need to try that.

  • This looks delicious. Minus the tomatoes. I’d love for you to be my neighbor or just in driving distance so we could have lunches like this every.single.day.

    • That would be like the BEST ever. So is it just raw tomatoes or cooked ones too. I’ll be the first to admit I was picking around the tomatoes in this. I don’t love raw ones.

  • I love Barilla, it’s about the only pasta brand I buy. Great looking recipe!

    • It really is the best! Thank you so much.

  • That looks delicious! You always come up with such great recipes! I need to learn from you friend!

    • That is such a sweet compliment. I have lived in the kitchen for almost 20 years now. I guess it did some good :P.

  • Looks delicious!

  • Favorite summer flavor is anything that has fruit in it. I love cold salads, but nothing is more refreshing than cold fruit, especially in a salad. This recipe looks simple and easy to make. I actually have everything except the type of pasta. I like using Gemini pasta in summer salads. Substitute I may.

    • You could totally put any kind of pasta in there. I just thought these noodles would look pretty in the photos :P.

  • Nicole Elliott

    This looks super tasty! We’re big pesto and pasta fans and turning it into salad is the perfect switch for summer! ~ Client

    • It’s easy to make, light, and refreshing…. the perfect summer meal!

  • YUM! This sounds so good!