The holidays are always a joy but it can get stressful when you’re looking for some easy yet delicious Christmas recipes to prepare. I’ve decided to make it much easier for you mommies with the help of Contadina.

If you’re wondering, Contadina is Italian for “woman of the fields”. At the heart of this new brand that’s also from the same makers of Del Monte, is the Mediterranean philosophy of cooking meals with passion and using only the finest and freshest ingredients.

This Christmas I’m sharing 3, yes you read right, three easy recipes that’s sure to impress. At the very bottom you’ll find a GIVEAWAY! All you have to do is follow the instructions and you’ll get a chance to win a basket of goodies from Contadina!


I used Contadina’s olive oil for all the dishes below. I love the easy spout and elegant looking bottles which brighten up my kitchen. Their olive oil is made from Hojiblanca olives cultivated in Andalucia, Spain.


Chicken with Broccoli, Bacon and Linguini

This recipe highlights Contadina’s linguni pasta. Their pasta is made from 100% Durum Wheat Semolina from Canada.



2 Chicken Breasts chopped
1/2 tsp salt and pepper
2 cloves garlic crushed
2 cups broccoli
2 cups milk
1/2 cup parmesam
1/2 cup mozarella
1/4 cup parsley
4 bacon strips chopped
1/2lb Contadina linguini
Contadina olive oil



Heat a saucepan over low heat and add 2 tablespoons Contadina olive oil
Add chicken breasts and cook until tender
Add 1/2 tsp each salt and pepper, crushed garlic
Add broccoli then milk. Mix until chicken and broccoli are coated with the milk
Add parmesan cheese and mozarella cheese. Mix until cheese has melted
Add 1/4 cup parsley then add bacon.
Mix until chicken, broccoli and cheese have been evenly distributed in the pan.
Mix in Contadina linguni.

Mushroom Pesto with Pesto Potatoes

This recipe has a partner side dish, Pesto Potatoes. I love potatoes and I just had to go all out on the pesto with this Christmas recipe. Contadina Pesto sauce is made from freshly-picked Italian Basil, Grana Padano cheese, Cashew and Pine Nuts. Just imagine all those flavors in your mouth! Delicious!


Mushroom Pesto


2 cups mushroom slices
1 tsp salt and pepper
1 cup Contadina pesto
1/2 cup parmesan
1/2lb Contadina spaghetti
Contadina olive oil


Saute mushroom slices in Contadina extra virgin olive oil. Add salt and pepper.
Add pesto sauce and let simmer for a couple of minutes.
Add parmesan cheese and melt. Mix mushrooms, pesto sauce and parmesan cheese.
Add Contadina spaghetti. Mix well.


Pesto Potatoes


5 to 6 baby potatoes (unpeeled) halves
Contadina Pesto Sauce
Parmesan Cheese


Place the cut baby potatoes in a large plastic bag. Add enough pesto sauce to coat the potatoes. Shake until the pesto sauce is coating all the potatoes.
Pour the potatoes onto a cookie sheet. Arrange the potatoes so they are flat and sprinkle with parmesan cheese.
Bake at 200 Celsius for15 minutes or until they begin to look toasted (I used my Simple Touch convection oven).

Baked Chicken in Tomatoes and Cheese



1 can Contadina Diced Tomatoes with Italian Herbs drained
1 tbsp Contadina extra virgin olive oil
1 chopped onion
3 cloves minced garlic
1 tsp dried oregano
2 tbsps chopped fresh parsley
4 boneless and skinless chicken breasts
salt and fresh ground pepper
3/4 cup mozarella cheese


Combine tomatoes, olive oil, onions, garlic, oregano, and fresh parsley in a mixing bowl. Toss to combine.
Pour tomato mixture into a baking dish.
Season chicken breasts with salt and ground pepper.
Place chicken on top of tomato mixture. Nestle down the chicken in the tomatoes so it simmers in the sauce while baking.
Bake for 10 minutes then turn chicken and bake for another 10 more minutes. Wait for sauce to bubble and until chicken is done cooking.
Sprinkle with cheese; bake for 3 minutes longer or until cheese is melted.


Contadina Pasta Sauces

If you’re looking for an even super easier idea then you can just cook Contadina pasta as usual and add any one of these pasta sauces when pasta has cooked.  Made from vine-ripened Roma tomatoes, all the flavor you’ll need are in any jar of Contadina pasta sauce. My personal favorite is the Arrabbiata Sauce. Just sprinkle some cheese over your pasta and sauce and you’re good to go.


Contadina Holiday Giveaway!


I hope I was able to help you prepare a wonderful feast for your family by providing these easy Christmas recipes. To win a basket of goodies from Contadina just follow the below.

  • Share this blog post on Facebook. You can copy the link in the address bar or click on the Facebook share button on the right. Make sure it’s Public so I can see it!
  • Tag Art of Being a Mom (@theartofmom) and Contadina (@contadinaphilippines) and the person or people you want to cook the holiday dish with or for.


I can’t wait to cook @theartofmom ‘s Chicken with Broccoli, Bacon and Linguini on Christmas for (friend 1), (friend 2), etc. Win a basket of @contadinaphilippines goodies and get some easy recipes for your holiday feast! Add link:

  • Comment your answer and Facebook link below.
  • Winners will be chosen at random
  • Open to Metro Manila residents only
  • Prizes to be claimed by winner in Makati
  • Giveaway ends December 25, 11:59pm

CONGRATULATIONS Joy Marie F. Benosa! You’re the winner of a Contadina goodie basket!


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