Holiday Pairings for Effortless Entertaining

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I can’t believe we’re only days away from the start of the holiday season and I can’t wait. This year I’ll be hosting a good chunk of holiday gatherings at my house and I’m getting my hosting game on point with easy holiday pairings.  I don’t know about you, but for me the holidays are more about having a good time and making memories, than they are about slaving away trying to make everything perfect.  And inspired by The Dreaming Tree Cabernet Sauvignon, I’ve come up with some great holiday pairings that will have you spending more time chit chatting and topping off your guests’ glasses, than huddled in the kitchen.

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My friends and I are huge cab fans, and the one from The Dreaming Tree is not only a cool, sustainable, collaboration with Dave Matthews (yes the musician/artist), but it’s definitely elegant and supple.  That’s why I choose to pair it with my one pot – Bacon Mushroom Pesto Barilla Pronto Pasta 

Bacon Mushroom Pesto Pasta -

and the Pepperidge Farm Chocolate Cookie Collection.

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You totally have to give it a try because the bacon, mushrooms, pesto and chocolate stand up beautifully to the structure of this cab.  Here’s what you’ll need for this fab, hearty, easy to prepare, one pot pasta.

Ingredients for Bacon Mushroom Pesto Pasta -


1 box Barilla® Pronto™ Penne
3 cups cold water
As much of your favorite pesto to coat the pasta  (I used 2 cups of my cilantro basil pesto)
1 lb cooked bacon, chopped
8 oz of your favorite mushrooms, sliced and sautéed (I used baby bellas)
1 cup fresh spinach, julienned
salt to taste

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Pour the whole box of pasta into a large, deep skillet, add 3 cups of cold water – ensuring that the water covers the pasta – and salt to taste (about 1/2 a tsp).

Cooking Barilla Pronto Pasta -

Cook on high, stirring regularly, until most of the water is absorbed and desired pasta texture is reached.

Stirring Barilla Pronto Pasta -

Then toss in the pesto, bacon, mushrooms, spinach and stir.

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That’s right, you can mix it all in together because the Barilla Pronto Pasta requires no draining.

Bacon, Mushroom, Pesto Pasta -

And voila, your one pot meal is ready to be plated and served with a nice glass of The Dreaming Tree Cabernet Sauvignon and the Pepperidge Farm Chocolate Cookie Collection, which has something for everyone.

Effortless Entertaining -

Talk about a scrumpalicious, effortless meal packed with flavors.  Here’s a quick video to show you just how easy this all really is.

And you can find everything for your holiday entertaining at your neighborhood Walmart. Including a great selection of premium wines like The Dreaming Tree, at amazing prices.

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So check them out for yourself.  They’re hosting wine tastings and Barilla & Pepperidge Farm demos through December. Just visit the Simple Entertaining Hub to find out more about a tasting or pairing event at a Walmart near you.

What are your favorite effortless holiday recipes, tips or tricks!

Rocio Chavez
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Rocio Chavez

Digital Content Creator & Multimedia Designer at Your Sassy Self
I'm a Mexican-American, Sassy, Bilingual, Professional Woman with a passion for life long learning, sharing, and living my best life. I'm the founder and digital content creator for Your Sassy Self and work full time as a Multimedia Designer. Let's connect and see how we can change the world...or at least change our perspective of it. 😉
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(57) Comments

  1. Robin Rue (@massholemommy) says:

    We are totally addicted to Pepperidge Farm cookies in our house. We just love them.

    1. OMG I had no idea how amazing they all were, but this cookie collection was everything I needed to be convinced 😉

  2. This looks like a wonderful meal. I really like the cookies.

    1. It was so delicious Tara and those cookies went in one sitting 😉

  3. Stephanie says:

    I love Pesto with pasta – this looks delicious and when paired with that Dreaming Tree Cabernet, I’m sure it’s even more delicious. What a great go-to meal this holiday season! [client]

    1. Thanks Stephanie, I do to, seems lighter for some reason 😉 And that Dreaming Tree Cab, so good!

  4. This is one of my favorite dishes because it can all be made in one pot. The wine and cookie pairings are perfect.

    1. Yes, I’m all about one pot meals too and then you add in wine and cookie – heaven. Thanks Saidah 😀

  5. I’m a huge Cab fan as well. This looks great with it! And I’ll definitely try The Dreaming Tree one.

    1. You have to try The Dreaming Tree, it’s so good Susan. Let me know if you do 😉

  6. I have been on a mushroom kick lately so this looks great! Love the idea of giving readers wine and meal pairings! I haven’t seen this before!

  7. this sounds super yummy. I would be a happy guest if this were served to me

    1. My guests were super happy. Thanks Angie 😀

  8. That bacon mushroom pesto looks fantastic. I think that would be great for Christmas Eve.

    1. It’s really so easy to make Lori you can make it any time and it’s so yummy – can’t wait to make it again 😀

  9. The pasta looks delicious! You can’t go wrong with pesto and bacon!

    1. Right Lauren, I agree – yum, yum

  10. Looks like a delicious meal! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thanks Heidi, it was 😀

  11. Oooh I want some of those biccies they look delicious and so does the pasta x

    1. Ana, they were delicious. My friends and I gobbled them all up 😉

  12. That looks delish! I love that you have complete meal! Did I mention how much I love a good wine?

    1. Lol, I hear ya Kristi and it was such an easy meal to pull together. Great for the hustle and bustle of the holidays 😉

  13. Elizabeth O. says:

    I am not really that good with wine pairing but the pasta looks so good. I bet it’s better with the wine too.

    1. Lol Elizabeth, almost everything is always better with wine, but this pasta does a great job of standing on it’s own 😀

  14. Thanks for these great tips – holidays made easier!

    1. Yay, good Claudette – holidays should be easy, breezy I say 😀

  15. victoria says:

    Me and my friend was really love pasta on holiday. they will be going here in my house and i will cook this recipe. Thanks for sharing

    1. Yay Victoria, I hope y’all enjoy! It’s pretty delish 😀

  16. Yum! We are a big pasta eating family, and this definitely sounds like something we would enjoy!

    1. Yay Shannon! I hope you do 😀

  17. I have never heard of this no-drain pasta before! How awesome is that?! I love it!

    1. Um yeah Jaclyn, totes awesome! Go out and get you some 😀

  18. Looks yummy and simple. So smart!

    1. Thanks Brittany, it was 😀

  19. I love one pot pasta meals and this does sound like it would go with a Cab beautifully!

    1. Thanks Liz, it was a pretty fab pairing 😉

  20. This looks so yummy! Anything with bacon can not be bad.

    1. Agreed Stephanie, bacon always makes everything better 😀

  21. I have a ton of the pronto pasta I got with coupons! I am going to try out this recipe.

    1. Lucky! I hope you do Kari and you let me know how it went 😉

  22. The pasta looks really yummy. Wine and pasta is always good.

    1. Totally can’t beat that for a girls night when you’re of age of course 😉

  23. It looks delicious! I love eating pasta and I think this is fantastic and perfect this coming holiday.

    1. It is Lexie! Super easy to make during the hustle and bustle too.

  24. I love that pronto pasta. It makes cooking so quick and easy in just one pot!

    1. I know Stephanie, no more draining 😀

  25. That bacon mushroom penne looks delicious. I will be having dinner at a family friends house this year and this dish looks easy enough to make to contribute to the party.

    1. It is so Erica. I hope you get a chance to share it with your friends this holiday season 😀

  26. I love preparing pasta, this recipe is perfect and soo easy to prepare!

    1. So easy Lai and the pairing is totally delish. Hope you get a chance to try it 😉

  27. oh, wow! I would love to try this for sure…it’s super easy to make! How effortless!

    1. Totally effortless Dhemz. Let me know if you do 😀

  28. Not much tastes better to me than pesto on pasta. Man, I love that stuff.

    1. Right Rosey and you can make it so many ways. Love 😀

  29. No drain pasta? That’s cool! In our home, the holiday is never complete without any pasta recipe 🙂

    1. Right Nicole 😀 Happy pastaing this season 😉

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