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Sneaking Fiber into My Kids Diet is Easy: Piccolini Rich in Fiber – White with Peas & Carrots Recipe

It’s true, I was reading the catch phrase for Barilla’s  Piccolini Rich in Fiber – White: “Mini Pasta. Big on Fiber.” and realized it had 3x more fiber than regular pasta so I decided to see if James would notice a difference.  First off, if you cook with your kids you know they like things that are different and the Piccolini Mini Rotini Rich in Fiber – White is different because it is smaller, like James.  We decided to make Piccolini Rich in Fiber Rotini with Carrots and Peas, a recipe straight from their website.  Preparing to cook with smaller kids is always a challenge.  It never fails that James’ wants to do all the things I rather him not do – such as stir hot boiling pasta on a stove.  Luckily I was able to talk him out of that by offering him a more prestigious task such as rinsing the pasta and stirring in the ingredients.



  • 1 box Barilla Piccolini Mini Rotini Rich in Fiber – White
  • 4 T. Olive Oil
  • 2 medium carrots thinly sliced
  • 2 medium leeks
  • 1 c. peas (we used fresh peas from the garden)
  • 4 leaves of fresh basil, chopped
  • Salt & Pepper to taste.
  • 1/2 c. grated Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese*
CUT the leeks into thin slices, white part only.  Let your little one rinse the leeks while you cut them.  In a skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add leeks, carrots and green peas and cook until softened, approximately 7-8 minutes.  Meanwhile,  COOK pasta according to directions.  Drain pasta and toss with the vegetables in the skillet, add salt and black pepper to taste.  STIR in basil and cheese before serving.
*We used regular Parmigiana Cheese because we don’t normally have this fancy stuff – lol.
I’m not sure if it was because James and I made this together that made is so delicious to him, but he had seconds with no problem whatsoever.  I can honestly say that I couldn’t tell the least bit of difference between this and a “normal” white pasta, however, this is much healthier for my kids, hubby, and myself.  I think we will be incorporating a lot more of these pastas into our diet.

Piccolini Rich in Fiber – White
·        Contains 3x more fiber than regular pasta
·        Provides 30% of daily whole grains (per 100g serving)
·        Looks and tastes like regular pasta

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Barilla, but our opinions are our own.


  1. Mary Ambrosino says

    I will definitely have to try it.

  2. My kids really like pasta (all variations) – so will try this one for sure

  3. I am sure my family will love this recipe of yours, my family enjoys carbohydrate diets I mean pasta ,perfect for vegetarian family. I am sure this is a healthy meal for all.