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Dinner made easy with Barilla Pesto!

*This post is sponsored by Moms Meet and Barilla, I received the pesto in exchange for a review; all opinions are my own*

I love Pesto, and so does my family, and when I have large amounts of fresh basil, I will make it from scratch. However, I was recently given the opportunity to sample Barilla Creamy Genovese Pesto, and I am blown away by how good it is!

It has the perfect balance between the cheese, garlic, and basil, and it is good all on its own…though I wouldn’t suggest just eating pesto by the spoonful. I did, however, create two different quick meals using this Pesto, and both were given a double thumbs up by the family!

The first was a Pesto Pasta Salad..super simple, and very filling. I took my family’s pasta salad recipe, and omitted the oil and vinegar, opting to replace it with pesto. It only took one jar of pesto to create this meal, because 2 would have made it too salty, considering it is packed full of different cheeses, salami, and pepperoni. The really awesome part, was that it could easily be heated, making it into a yummy cheesy pasta.

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The second meal I made was Pan Fried Ravioli with the Pesto as a dipping sauce. This one was really yummy as well, but I didn’t deep fry the ravioli, instead I opted to pan-fry them in olive oil and butter. No, egg or flour, just simple cheese ravioli that was pan-fried until crispy. I do think that next time I will add a little minced garlic to the olive oil and butter before frying.

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I love that this Pesto is made from Italian Basil, and made with freshly grated Italian Cheeses…it makes Italian night just a little more authentic! I also really love the versatility too…it can be used in the traditional sense, mixed with warm pasta. It can also be used as a sandwich spread, dipping sauce, or anything else you can think of. Barilla has a variety of great recipes on their site, that you can check out…just click here!

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