Halibut en Papillote {& a Giveaway}

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by Chris on September 12, 2012

pacco a sorpresa/surprise package

I am Italian.  You may know this. However, other than this blog’s name, the post headers, and a recipe here and there that brings me back to my childhood, someone may not make an immediate connection that this redheaded freckled face girl’s family is, indeed, from Genoa and Naples.

Oddly enough, and contrary to every other Sunday dinner and every holiday in my childhood home, pasta is now reserved for special meals.  Many of those special times are shared with the teen, who enjoys a hearty pasta dinner.  When G and I do sit down for dinner, I try to sneak in opportunities that steer away from the box Mac n’ Cheese he grew on in his childhood home, or the standard spaghetti and meat sauce. He has been a trooper, humoring me as he tried my Pasta Crab Casserole and Greek Pasta Salad. Graciously accepting the little victories, I am okay that his palate isn’t quite “there” for seafood marinara or a pasta dressed with roasted pumpkin sauce. But, there is always tomorrow.  Baby steps, right?

Last week, I created a few pasta dishes that were just for me. When I came across some beautiful halibut fillets, I couldn’t pass up the possibilities.  Thoughts of the fresh Za’atar a colleague shared with me, freshly squeezed lemon, and lightly seasoned pasta immediately consumed my brain as the fillet’s perfect mates.  And so, I acted accordingly.

Wait, what was that?  What is the Za’atar? Oh, my friends! Za’atar is a lovely Middle Eastern mixture of thyme, sumac, sesame seeds and other herbs. Until now, I have only purchased it.  But, having over a cup of freshly blended Za’atar has captured my heart.  Just amazing!

When the time came to cook, I decided to use the Barilla PLUS spaghetti I was fortunate to receive. A protein rich, multi-grain pasta, the omega-3 fatty acids and fiber in the spaghetti provided the same traditional taste of my childhood, but with the added health benefits I try do diligently to incorporate into my diet. Just as I live my life, Barilla is committed to helping its customers maintain a wholesome lifestyle without sacrificing flavor…and to helping me maintain energy to muster through my new kickboxing regimen.

For the first dinner of the week, I went fancy-simple and cooked my meal in a paper envelope. Cooking “en papillote” is a technique that allows food to cook in its own steam.  Enclosing food in foil or parchment paper brings about a dish’s intense flavor in such an simple, no-fuss way, for any course! And, no, you’re eyes are not playing tricks on you.  I added al dente cooked pasta in my envelope, as well.  That way, all the flavors could evenly fuse together.


Easy, right? Do you enjoy eating and/or making different pasta recipes?  Are you a fan of whole wheat pasta or eager to try some? Barilla wants you, too!  That’s why they’d like to offer a $25 Visa gift card and 2 boxes of pasta so you can try making your own creation!   It’s easy to enter. Giveaway has ended.

Congratulations to Danielle! She is the winner of a $25 Visa gift card and 2 boxes of pasta from Barilla.

  • Simply leave a general comment on this post! Maybe, let us know how you enjoy pasta, or what kind you prefer.

(Bonus entries. You must leave a separate comment for each entry to count.)

  • Follow Mele_Cotte on Twitter and RT the following “I just entered to win a $25 Visa Gift card & 2 boxes of @BarillaUS pasta!  You can too  @mele_cotte – http://bit.ly/Q3Ffwn”
  • Like Mele Cotte on Facebook.
  • Like Barilla on Facebook.
  • Follow Barilla on Twitter.
Disclaimer: Contest is open to those 18 years of age and older within the continental United States. Contest runs through this post date through September 19, 2012, 11:59EST. Odds of winning depend on number of entries. One winner will be chosen via random number generator and will be notified via email. The winner has 48 to claim prize or an alternate winner will be drawn.
I was provided with samples of the Barilla Plus products, as well as a monetary stipend for purchases related to any or all dish(es) created. I am under no obligation to provide a post and or a giveaway. All opinions noted here are my own, always.
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Barbara | Creative Culinary September 13, 2012 at 4:19 AM

That first picture is amazing. Can’t sleep and just browsing around trying to find some…and now I’m WIDE awake!

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Dani H September 13, 2012 at 5:18 AM

my favorite pasta dish is a simple fettucini with white clam sauce { and fresh parsley .}

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Ilene September 13, 2012 at 5:47 AM

I love pasta with oil and garlic.

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DessertForTwo September 13, 2012 at 7:52 AM

How perfect is this?! I just bought some zatar!

I knew you were Italian because all your food looks delicious and you cook with such soul and passion :)

Fave pasta dish: putanesca because I love olives.

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Athena R September 13, 2012 at 8:20 AM

I love whole wheat pasta. It’s usually what I buy.

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Athena R September 13, 2012 at 8:21 AM

I like you on FB.

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Athena R September 13, 2012 at 8:22 AM

I like Barilla on FB.

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Athena R September 13, 2012 at 8:23 AM

I follow Barilla on Twitter.

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Mark Jones September 13, 2012 at 9:15 AM

I enjoy whole wheat rigatoni with vodka sauce, smoked baby oysters and Romano cheese.

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Mami2jcn September 13, 2012 at 9:18 AM

I love linguine with clam sauce!

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Mami2jcn September 13, 2012 at 9:19 AM

I Like Barilla on Facebook as Mary Happymommy

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Mami2jcn September 13, 2012 at 9:20 AM

I follow Barilla on Twitter–mami2jcn

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Danielle September 13, 2012 at 9:53 AM

Being predominately vegetarian, we eat a lot of pasta at our house! We love quinoa pasta but we also love whole wheat pasta. My boys love it plain but I love it with a veggie-packed primavera. Thanks!

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Jessie C. September 13, 2012 at 10:25 AM

I like whole wheat pasta with Pesto and Green Beans

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Jessie C. September 13, 2012 at 10:26 AM
Jessie C. September 13, 2012 at 10:26 AM

Like Mele Cotte on Facebook.

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Jessie C. September 13, 2012 at 10:27 AM

Like Barilla on Facebook.

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Jessie C. September 13, 2012 at 10:27 AM

Follow Barilla on Twitter.

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jacquie September 13, 2012 at 2:35 PM

i would love the opportunity to try some whole wheat pasta. thanks.

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jacquie September 13, 2012 at 2:36 PM

i don’t have a facebook account nor twitter – to be honest i don’t even know what that is – can i get another entry because i’m already a subscriber?

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Madeline September 13, 2012 at 5:34 PM

I have so many favorite pasta dishes, one of my recent favorites is pasta puttanesca!

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Madeline September 13, 2012 at 5:35 PM

I follow you on Twitter!

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Madeline September 13, 2012 at 5:36 PM

And I like you on FB :)

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Madeline September 13, 2012 at 5:36 PM

I liked Barilla on FB!

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Madeline September 13, 2012 at 5:37 PM

And I follow Barilla on Twitter too!

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Elena September 13, 2012 at 6:39 PM

I love pasta with bolognese sauce

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Elena September 13, 2012 at 6:40 PM

I like Mele Cotte on Facebook (Elena Istomina)

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Elena September 13, 2012 at 6:41 PM

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Elena September 13, 2012 at 6:42 PM

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Jennifer Marie September 13, 2012 at 7:14 PM

I LOVE pasta and any kind of it, but my favorite is rigatoni with meatballs.

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Jennifer Marie September 13, 2012 at 7:17 PM

following you on twitter (JenniferCNP) and tweeted

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Jennifer Marie September 13, 2012 at 7:19 PM

I liked you on fb (Jennifer Messner M)

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Jennifer Marie September 13, 2012 at 7:20 PM

I like barilla on fb (Jennifer Messner M)

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Jennifer Marie September 13, 2012 at 7:21 PM

I follow barilla on twitter (JenniferCNP)

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Kate September 13, 2012 at 9:46 PM

I’ll take G’s serving of roasted pumpkin sauce!

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Jan September 13, 2012 at 10:32 PM

I like chicken w/ fettuccine in the wte sauce, spaghetti with pesto, or chicken or beef meatballs, and lasagna! Ok I like it all! Lol.

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Pam September 14, 2012 at 9:39 AM

I’ve seen a similar recipe and was always intrigued by it. Yours is absolutely gorgeous!!!

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MaryAnn D September 14, 2012 at 5:20 PM

There are no amount of ways that I love pasta. I love, it with marinara, puttenesca, red clam sauce, asparagus & Parmigiano, artichokes & marinara, sweet sausage with tomatoes & cream, shrimp & scallops with sun dried tomatoes. I could go on forever. I LOVE PASTA!!! I really love Barilla. If anyone hasn’t tried their whole wheat, they should. It’s wonderful.

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Tina M September 14, 2012 at 9:01 PM

I love whole wheat pasta with salmon

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Tina M September 14, 2012 at 9:02 PM

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Tina M September 14, 2012 at 9:03 PM

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A Couple in the Kitchen September 17, 2012 at 4:33 PM

Our fave is amatriciana but that fish looks hella good!!!

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Carolsue September 17, 2012 at 4:54 PM

Beautiful photographs. I don’t particularly like fish, but this almost makes me want to make some! I like pasta, especially spaghetti and lasagna.
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Carolsue September 17, 2012 at 4:55 PM

I like you on Facebook (Carolsue Anderson)
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Carolsue September 17, 2012 at 4:55 PM

I like Barilla on Facebook (Carolsue Anderson)
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Carolsue September 17, 2012 at 4:55 PM

I follow Barilla on Twitter as MsCarolsueA
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Sara September 19, 2012 at 2:32 PM

Hello Miss Chris,
Thank you for the opportunity to win my family’s favorite pasta. By the way the tofu in the meatless pie worked fine; crumbles would have been better over all . Have a great day.
Sara

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