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Thanksgiving 2014 Meals: Barilla Selects Three Influential Latino Bloggers to Give Italian Recipes a Hispanic Twist; Sweepstakes to Win $5,000

First Posted: Nov 27, 2014 09:30 AM EST
Seasonal Cocina: Barilla Selects Three Influential Hispanic Bloggers to Give Italian Recipes a Hispanic Twist for Holidays

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Barilla, the Italian and European food company that produces a variety of delicious pasta and sauces, has chosen to celebrate the 2014 holiday season with Latin-inspired pasta recipes.

The longstanding company even solicited the assistance of three top influential Hispanic bloggers, based in Los Angeles, New York and Chicago, to help give pasta recipes an interesting and delicious Latin twist. 

Pasta a Tu Estilo is the name of the new campaign and Spanish-language website, which promotes the interesting Latin spin on traditionally Italian dishes. Bloggers Laura Muller of Las Recetas de Laura, Nicole Presley from Presley's Pantry and Alejandra Ramos of Always Order Dessert were chosen as Barilla brand ambassadors, and each blogger crafted custom recipes for the brand, recipes that spoke to Hispanic customs and Italian traditions. Made available in English and Spanish, the pasta recipes prove to be a quick and easy way to represent and celebrate Latin/Hispanic identities.

"Barilla pasta and Hispanic cuisine are a perfect combination. The variety of our pasta shapes allows for Latinas to not only keep their traditional dishes alive, but also allows them to create new versions of these dishes in creative ways," Cammie Slikker, Brand Manager for the Barilla Group, said in a press release. "The quality of our pasta can complement any Hispanic recipe since the pasta won't stick, break or clump and will result in a meal that everyone can enjoy."

Muller, Ramos and Presley, with the help of Latina Bloggers Connect, produced nearly 30 unique signature recipes, including Barilla Spaghetti with Pecan Chipotle Sauce, Steak Picado with Barilla Pasta and Chimichurri Pasta Salad with Barilla. The incredible recipes can be found at along with an opportunity to win $5,000 from the Barilla Group.  

Simply visit to access the sweepstakes page and register for a chance to win $5,000. Visitors can submit once a day, but responses are limited to 1 entry per day/per email. The sweepstakes ends Nov. 30.

See an example of the pasta recipes below:

BARILLA Elbow Guerrero (or Mexican) Soup

1/2 box BARILLA Elbows

4 Guajillo chili peppers chopped

1 boneless chicken breast and 2 boneless chicken legs

Salt and pepper to taste

2 bay leaves

3 tablespoons olive oil

4 garlic cloves

1 onion thinly sliced

3 tomatoes chopped

Poblano pepper powder

Lime to taste

1/2 bunch romaine lettuce washed and shredded

1 handful radishes sliced

Oregano to taste

BOIL the chili peppers until they are tender and remove the seeds. SET them and the boiling water aside. COOK the chicken in a liter of boiling water with salt, pepper and the bay leaves. HEAT 2 tablespoons of oil in a pot and sauté the garlic, half the onion, the Guajillo peppers and tomatoes. COOK during 4 minutes and blend it all in the water in which you boiled the chili peppers. FRY this mix in a skillet with a tablespoon of hot oil and season with salt and pepper. REMOVE the chicken from the broth and add Barilla Elbows. After 5 minutes include the chili pepper mix (previously strained), reduce the heat and wait until the pasta is cooked. SEASON further with salt and pepper if needed. SHRED the chicken and once the pasta is cooked add it back into the broth. SERVE each plate and top with the shredded lettuce, the radishes and garnish with a pinch of Oregano.

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