Dinner in a Jar + Barilla Penne Pizza Casserole

Dinner in a Jar + Barilla Penne Pizza Casserole


This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group®, Barilla®, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #GlutenFreeBarilla http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV 

If you've been a longtime reader, you know I'm a big believer in giving personalized gifts for Christmas. Though iPads and gift cards are fun, spending time crafting a well-thought out gift will always mean more than a quick buy. If you've got a special foodie in your life, this year, give them the gift of a "Dinner in a Jar."  And with this easy Barilla Penne Pizza Casserole Recipe, it's a mouthwateringly tasty gift that just keeps on giving.

I've broken this post down into three easy to read sections: ingredients, recipe instructions and gift jar items. I've also put together an easy printable recipe card to insert into the jar for the recipient of your gift to use. 


Ingredients for the casserole

Barilla Gluten Free Pasta (I visited my local BJ's for the new Barilla Gluten Free Pasta!)
Barilla Marinara
1 lb of Italian Sausage
1 package of Pepperoni 
1 4 oz can of Mushrooms 
1 4 oz can of Olives
1 medium onion 
1 medium sized green bell pepper
1 lb package of mozzarella cheese
1  6oz jar of grated Parmesan cheese


Instructions for the casserole

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. In a medium sized pot, bring water to a boil and add a 12 oz box of Barillia Gluten Free Penne Pasta. Cook for 12-14 minutes, or until tender. 

While the pasta is cooking, chop your onion, bell pepper and sausage. Add a tablespoon of olive oil to a large pan and cook sausage for 5-7 minutes.
Add the onion and bell pepper to the pan and cook until tender. Add the Barilla marinara sauce, Parmesan cheese, mushrooms (drained) and olives (drained) and stir well. 

Add the mixture to a baking dish and sprinkle mozzarella cheese on top. Top with pepperoni. Add your casserole to the oven and allow it to bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes, or until golden brown. 

Remove from the oven, plate, and serve with a smile!


Gift Jar Items

Barilla Gluten Free Pasta (Visit your nearest BJ's for the new Barilla Gluten Free Pasta)
Barilla Marinara
1 package of Pepperoni 
1 4 oz can of Mushrooms 
1 4 oz can of Olives
1  6oz jar of grated Parmesan cheese
Print this handy recipe card to add to the gift jar so that the recipient will know how to cook this delicious meal.

For the gift jar, there are a few things that may not be feasible to include in the jar. You should avoid putting anything in there that may spoil before your foodie gets a chance to make their meal (Italian sausage, onion, bell pepper, mozzarella cheese). Instead, you can get them a $10 BJ's gift card to go into the jar so they can go shopping and buy the fresh supplies when their ready to make their meal. As a bonus, if you visit BJ’s Wholesale Clubs on December 22nd and 23rd you'll get the chance to check out an awesome in-store Barilla Gluten Free pasta demo at select clubs.

If you love this recipe and gift idea, be sure to pin the image below, or retweet this message to friends and family!  Also, be sure to check out Barillia on Pinterest for some drool worthy gluten free recipes

Until next time!





16 comments :

  1. What a super fun gift idea! I know I would love to receive it for Christmas!

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    1. Thank you, I'm excited to give these away for Christmas!

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  2. That is a cute idea! I never thought of gifting a whole dinner in a jar!

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    1. Thank you, it's the perfect gift for a foodie! Especially one who loves pasta! (Which is basically everyone ;)

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  3. Mmm, this sure looks tasty! I love that you used pepperoni. I've been looking for new dinner ideas to try. This will be a great one!

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    1. Yes, this one is a yummy one! Remember, if you shop at BJ's December 22-23, you'll have the opportunity to see an in-store Gluten Free Barilla Demo! Plus if you're not a member of BJ's, you can print out a one day pass! Not a bad deal :)

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    1. Yes it is! Who wouldn't love a Dinner-In-A-Jar or two!

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  5. This is an awesome gift idea. I love it. Dinner in a jar. I feel like I should keep some of these on hand for those moments when kids are sick or whatever.

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    1. That is a fantastic idea! Maybe have an assortment of "Emergency-Dinners-In-A-Jar. I love it!

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  6. Casseroles are great for those holiday parties! This one looks tasty.

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  7. This sounds amazing! I am going to have to try it!

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  8. I'm a huge fan of barilla and I can't tell you how much I wanna try this recipe!!! Looks so good and have everything I love!!! Yummm

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  9. What a great gift! This would also make such a good gift for a new mom!

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