Welcome back, dear readers! Today I am reviewing a product that has been on the market for awhile, but one that I haven't tried. These days it seems that many products which once took time to cook are now available in pre-cooked, "heat and eat" versions. Years ago when I made pasta a few times a week, I often wished for pre-cooked pasta. My family sure did love spaghetti. I actually gave myself a second degree burn draining hot pasta several years ago. I can't imagine not buying pre-cooked pasta if I was making pasta as often as I used to. So, how did this measure up in terms of taste and nutrition?
Pretty much nutritionally identical exept for the addition of the olive oil.
This is what it looks like after it's microwaved, obviously before adding sauce or other toppings. The slimy coating is the olive oil. Okay, I love pasta and I love pasta with olive oil on it; however, this just didn't taste good to me. The texture was definitely al dente and maybe even a little bit too chewy for me. I was hesitant to cook it longer than the recommended time. I do think that perhaps if this were cooked in a skillet for a few minutes with a sauce it would have helped the texture and strange flavor. I guess if you're going to load this up with tomato or alfredo sauce, the taste might not bother you, but I am a pasta minimalist. Just a little olive oil, salt and pepper, please.
As far as cost goes, this was about twice as expensive as uncooked pasta. I served pasta a lot because it is so inexpensive. This 8.5 oz bag was $1.79. I'd have to give this a "not recommended" rating.