Baked Pumpkin Pasta
by Keleigh May on October 6th, 2015

Baked Pumpkin Pasta
  • 2 Boxes of Banza Pasta (I mixed elbox and penne) 
  • 1 Box of Bilinski's Frozen Chicken Italian Meatballs
  • 1 Jar of Trader Joe's Autumnal Harvest Pasta Sauce
  • 4 tablespoons (or 4-5 slices) fresh mozerella cheese
  • 1/2 Tablespoon of Simply Organic All-Purpose Spice
  • Salt and Pepper
  • sprinkle of fresh parmasean cheese

Cook meatballs according to directions on the box.  While meatballs are cooking, boil Banza Penne Noodles until tender.
After meatballs and pasta are complete, cut meatballs in half and combine with pasta in a large baking dish.  Add a jar of your favorite pasta sauce (I used Autumnal Harvest from Trader Joe's) and stir together.  Add 1/2 tablespoon of All-Purpose Spice, Salt and Pepper and stir into pasta.  Top with cheese and bake at 350* for 10 minutes.

Its Banza, Not Pasta

According to Banza, "​ pasta is one of the worst offenders when it comes to overeating. In fact, the average pasta portion size is nearly five times what it should be."  Um, I am definitly guilty of this as I could eat my body weight in pasta. According to Banza creator and pasta lover, Brian, he wanted a pasta option that he could eat and not regret eating the calories.  He started creating pasta using chickpeas and after he tricked his roommate into thinking it was regular pasta, he knew he struck gold.  Now a little over a year later, Banza can be found across the country and they aren't stopping  with just pasta.  Nothing is off the table when it comes to finding healthy substitutions for the food you already love. I am all about healthy food substitutions, so I can't wait to see what Banza comes up with next!

Expo East in a Baking Dish

This dish was so simple and it showcased three of my favorite products from Expo East.  If you know me, you know I love pasta. Banza is the perfect substitute and it tastes amazing!  Combine that with a new flavor (baked Italian Meatballs) from our family favorite sausages from Bilinski, and you have an awesome recipe.  The perfect picky eater sauce for this bowl of baked goodness? Trader Joe's Autumnal Pasta, because it was pumpkin and squash in it, but it is smooth with no chunks (A blessing for a picky eater). Add a dash of Simply Organic All-Purpose Spice and this gave it the final kiss of spice that makes fall my favorite time of year.

More to come this Fall

Fall brings my favorite flavors together and I look forward to it every year.  With so many products discovered at Expo East, I am very excited to test my culinary prowess in the kitchen and create some interesting recipes.  Be sure to check back as I will be testing even more products with a fall twist on it. Looking for a healthy and autumnal twist on dinner, well guess what, where there's a meal there's a way!

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