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Recipe: Mini Rotelle

Published October 21, 2011 9:00 AM by Stephanie Bruno-Dowling

This is the last week of my Piccolini Perfecto Pasta creations. Please take a look at my previous two recipe posts for ideas on how to create a delicious rainbow of flavors and nutrients using Barilla's Piccolini vegetable pastas. The third and final recipe includes the Mini Rotelle (aka mini wagon wheels), wonderfully made with spinach and zucchini! What a great way to present vegetables to a picky eater!

On the back of each of the Piccolini boxes, Barilla provides a delicious, easy-to-follow step by step recipe, offering healthy and tasty suggestions of how to prepare the pasta. I actually decided to attempt the recipe on the back of the Mini Rotelle box this week and really enjoyed it!

Here you go!


  • 1 box of Mini Rotelle pasta
  • 4 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ onion diced
  • 2 leaves of fresh sage, chopped (or you can use the pre-cut in the jar)
  • 1 medium butternut squash, peeled and diced (I bought it this way to save time)
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 ½ cups chicken broth
  • Salt, pepper and ½ cup of parmigiano reggino cheese


  1. Follow directions on the box and boil the mini rotelle pasta.
  2. Sauté the onions and sage with oil in a large skillet for 2-3 minutes. Add cut squash and cook for 5 minutes. Add tomatoes and cook for another 2 minutes.
  3. Add chicken broth and bring to a simmer.
  4. Set sauce aside and cool for 5 minutes, blend ¾ of the mixture at a low speed until smooth. Return mixture to the skillet.
  5. Season with salt and pepper.
  6. *Cook pasta 1 minute less than recommended according to package directions.
  7. Drain and reserve ½ cup of the cooking liquid.
  8. Add pasta and cooking liquid to the sauce and cook 1 additional minute
  9. Add cheese, toss to combine and enjoy!

Feedback: I found this recipe to be incredibly flavorful! The butternut squash and cherry tomatoes add a naturally sweet element to the dish and the onions really balance it out. Although there are many flavors and textures, because it is blended, it makes the dish less threatening to children who are picky eaters! Good Luck!




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    Stephanie Bruno Dowling, M.S. CCC-SLP
    Occupation: Speech-Language Pathologist
    Setting: Early Intervention in Delaware County, PA
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