During the holiday season the focus is usually on the ones you love. Close behind, though, is the food you enjoy! If we’re honest, the holidays have as many food memories as there are family members! Everyone has traditions and dishes they love, including the 1st Team at FC Barcelona. No surprise here, with colder temperatures that encourage us to want dishes that warm our insides and fill us up, the players on the team had pasta on their mind. Let’s see if you’re inspired to try one of the dishes, ZENB style. Let’s kick things off!
Lewandowski: Pasta Stir Fry
When the holidays, and family and friends, arrive, many meals are planned long in advance and require a great amount of effort. Sometimes, however, you just need a quick and easy pasta stir-fry to feed friends long into a night of making memories. When he’s not scoring goals on the field, Barça marksman Robert Lewandowski loves a good stir-fry pasta dish. It’s a meal that is both indulgent in flavor and big on customization, allowing endless combinations of veggies and fresh flavor for an umami flavor delight.
Ready to eat like Lewandowski? Try ZENB’s Veggie Confetti Stir-Fry Skillet.
Gavi: Mac & Cheese
Extra time at home during this season of celebration include lots of great comfort food. At the top of most lists: mac and cheese. Delicious pasta that is dripping with gooey cheese that fills every nook and cranny of your pasta with decadent flavor. It’s this rich dish that gets midfielder Gavi excited over the holidays. An expert at reading the game and contributing momentum with his feet, Gavi makes the right call when puts mac and cheese at the top of his holiday food wish list.
Araujo: Spaghetti Bolognese
There’s nothing better around the Christmas season than a packed house, full of the ones you love. Sharing a large meal with large groups of your favorite people is a labor of love and there is no better meal than a decadent Spaghetti Bolognese. For Ronald Araujo, FC Barcelona ’s formidable defender, Bolognese is the peak of the holiday meals. It’s no surprise that the Uruguayan, one of the best defenders in the world thanks to his physicality and presence, enjoys a pasta dish with equally respected status. It’s a dish that just keeps getting better with time, so if the weather outside is challenging and guests are delayed, there’s nothing to worry about. The oregano in the Bolognese just has extra time to dance with the garlic and pack the beef with flavor.
Ready to add Spaghetti Bolognese to your holiday lineup like Araujo? ZENB’s better-for-you version is packed with flavor.
De Jong: Spaghetti & Meatballs
One of the best parts of going home for the holidays is the knowledge that “no one makes it like mom.” There’s nothing like being able to request favorite childhood meals. For many, including Frenkie de Jong, that dish is spaghetti and meatballs. Perhaps it’s all about the rich tomato sauce coating the al dente pasta, or maybe it’s the flavorful meatballs. When playing as a Barça midfielder, de Jong is known for his vision, playmaking and passing, able to shift the momentum of the game. When spaghetti and meatballs are involved, focus is singular, it’s all about enjoying a classic meal made with love with every bite bringing a serving of nostalgia.
Dig in like de Jong and enjoy ZENB’s take on Spaghetti & Meatballs.
Roberto: Coming Soon!
While these delicious recipes, inspired by Barça’s finest, should keep you going through the holidays, prepare your mouth for something special in the new year. We can’t announce it yet, but we’re almost ready to introduce a worldwide favorite which we are sure that FC Barcelona captain Sergi Roberto will be happy to try as soon as it’s available.