The pros: Trader Joe’s Italian Linguine is well priced but otherwise completely average pasta.
The cons: The plastic bag saves space but can also lead to more breakage.
The verdict: I wish I can say there was a method to the madness of what gets reviewed. There really isn’t. Sometimes, it just whatever happens to be for dinner. I’ve gone through a bunch of the dry pastas. Mostly of different shapes. Some were just different colors. So far, nothing stands out. Perhaps, that isn’t a bad thing when pasta is priced at less than $1. Let’s face it, in most other grocery stores (I’m near NYC so things are a bit more expensive) pasta that is about a dollar is basically pasta that is on sale.
For $0.99, this is basic durum semolina pasta. Nothing noteworthy. Nothing special. The cooking time is accurate as listed. My biggest complaint here is not about the product itself, but the packaging choice. I don’t know about you, but I have a shelf in one of my cabinets devoted to pasta. It’s my adult equivalent to Tetris. It’s a careful game of removing, stacking, and attempting to leave no empty spaces. This packaging seems less than ideal. Unlike the boxed stuff at other grocery stores, most of Trader Joe’s comes in plastic. Not good for stacking. Even worse if you only use half the product and try to reseal something that is not meant to be resealed.
Overall, in terms of taste this seems like every other semolina boxed pasta I’ve tried. In terms of packaging, I missed this being resealable. This is nothing to make a special trip for, but if you need pasta it is a reliable option.
Here is the visual run down of what you get if you buy this product:
The package of Trader Joe’s Italian Linguine:
The nutritional information:
The ingredient and where this is made:
How to prepare:
After being cooked you get:
Would I buy this again? Trader Joe’s Italian Linguine is a take it or leave it type of item. There is nothing standout about it. It’s a good basic staple to have around the house, but nothing worth making a special trip for.
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