Holiday Entertaining and Greek Penne Pasta with Chicken Recipe

By Shannon Gurnee
In Food
November 5, 2015

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‘Tis the season for holiday entertaining! I love this time of year! I love the music, the decorations, the baked goodies, the gifts and the holiday entertaining. Each year, I host an Annual Cookie Exchange and it will be no exception that I host it again this year. With holiday entertaining comes the need for delicious (and pretty) foods and that’s where Mark West Wine, Barilla Pronto Pasta and Pepperidge Farm come into play.

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When entertaining, you want to make sure you pair foods that taste good together. A great way to keep your guests happy is with the Pepperidge Farm Cracker Trio and the Pepperidge Farm Chocolate Cookie Collection. You can enjoy these either by themselves or with cheese and meats.  The Pepperidge Farm Cracker Trio and the Pepperidge Farm Chocolate Cookie Collection provide quick and easy entertaining for everyday and holiday. It’s the perfect item to keep on hand whenever you have guests stop in. I love the flavors and the distinctive elegant shapes.

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Another great item to have on hand is Pinot Noir from Mark West Wine. The Pinot Noir is an exceptionally smooth wine that over delivers for the price. At Walmart, you’ll find a great selection of super premium wine available at a great price! With it, we paired a recipe for Greek Penne Pasta with Chicken, made with Barilla Pronto Penne Pasta. I’ve never used this variety before, but really liked it! It’s super easy to make too and combine with your favorite sauce and mix-in items (in this case, I added chicken, feta cheese and greek olives). Barilla Pronto Pasta is the easy-to-prepare pasta that is ready in minutes. It is prepared in one pan – no need to wait for water to boil and no draining required (woo hoo!). It’s available in 5 delicious shapes (Spaghetti, Penne, Rotini, Elbows, Linguine).

Tips: Add 1 box of Barilla Pronto Pasta to 3 cups water or broth and in the last 1-2 minutes of cooking time, you’ll add 1 cup of liquid (I used Cream of Chicken soup combined with chicken broth).

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Greek Penne Pasta with Chicken


  • Barilla Pronto Penne Pasta
  • Water
  • Chicken broth
  • Cream of Chicken
  • Kalamata Olives
  • Chicken
  • Feta Cheese


  1. Cook chicken and shred.
  2. Cook pasta in one pot. I used water for the liquid and added some salt when preparing.
  3. Add in a combination of Cream of Chicken and chicken broth (enough to add up to 1 cup of liquid).
  4. Add in a package of Feta Cheese, about 1/4 cup of sliced Kalamata Olives and shredded chicken.
  5. Stir and serve.

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We found all of our holiday entertaining goodies at Walmart – the go-to place for your holiday entertaining needs. Be sure to check out the Simple Entertaining hub to learn more about upcoming wine tastings, as well as Barilla and Pepperidge Farm demos at select Walmart stores in November and December.

What are your go-to items for holiday entertaining?

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Shannon Gurnee is the author of Redhead Mom formerly "The Mommy-Files", a national blog with a loyal following. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Marriage, Family, and Human Development with a Minor in Business Management. Shannon and her husband, Frank, have a large family with 6 awesome kids and love living on the Central Coast near San Luis Obispo, California, as well as traveling around the world. A full-time Social Media and Professional Blogger, Shannon also serves as a National Brand Ambassador for many well-known companies. Her blog focuses on motherhood, family fun activities, traveling, fashion, beauty, technology, wedding ideas and recipes while providing professional opinions on products, performances, restaurants, and a variety of businesses.

7 Responses to “Holiday Entertaining and Greek Penne Pasta with Chicken Recipe”

  1. Elisabeth says:

    I love the idea of getting the Pepperidge Farm cookies for our next gathering, one less thing to worry about!

  2. Stephanie C. says:

    What a creative recipe – I love the Greek flavors! All of these products would be something I’d stock up on as the holidays approach. Easy to throw together a quick impromptu dinner! [client]

  3. Shakeia Rieux says:

    I have never tried greek penne pasta with chicken before,it does look good.I want to make this for my family one of these days,they love pasta.

  4. Cindy Merrill says:

    This recipe sounds interesting, though I prefer spiral pasta, has much better texture.

  5. Amy Orvin says:

    Yum! I am going to add the Pepperidge Farm Chocolate Cookie Collection to my Thanksgiving shopping list. They make wonderful cookies!

  6. Cynthia C says:

    I love shortcuts to save time during the busy holiday season.

  7. RonaldPn says:

    If you are tired of tomato based pasta, try this one. Asparagus and chicken are tossed with penne pasta.

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