The pros: Trader Joe's Organic Italian Artisan Pasta Capunti is a new and tasty pasta in a fun shape.
The cons: Other than the fun shape, there was nothing stand out about this pasta.
The verdict: If you've been reading this blog for a while, then you know that I have reviewed quite a few pasta. Most of them are basic pasta. The seasonal selections were fun shaped, but at the end of the day were just pasta. My standout choices will always be the Lemon Pepper Pappardelle, Spinach and Chive Linguine, and the Basil and Garlic Pasta. While all three are a bit pricey, they all had distinct flavor that you would be hard pressed to get anywhere else.
Recently, store shelves have been graced with a new tomato sauce: Trader Joe's Italian Marinara with Barolo Wine. Clearly, if you are going to introduce a mouthwatering sauce, then you'll need some new pastas. Specifically they now have Gigli which is a bell shaped pasta, Orecchiette or little ears, and this Capunti which looks like an emptied pea pod.
Now, if you've been following along with my other dry pasta reviews, I've noticed one major item in common. Frequently, the cooking directions are off. Sometimes way off. Here I am glad to say they're pretty close. If you go by directions alone, then you should probably let this go the full 15 minutes for al dente.
Now, I always sample my pasta. At 12 minutes, I thought these were done by nibbling on the end. I looked at the bite and realized I had a U-shaped layer of undercooked pasta. I kept checking ever 1-2 minutes. At 15 they seemed like they were al dente edible. The difficulty with this shape is that parts will seem undercooked while others will be very much over cooked. Where these are open revealing the inside tasted a bit mushy to me. Meanwhile, the bottom was what I was waiting for.
For $2.69 you get organic artisan pasta that tastes just like pasta. Nothing standout, nothing terrible either. You are mostly paying for the non so standardized shape here. They look handmade. However, in terms of buying this again, this is a one and done for me. It was ok, but nothing stand out for the price. It does hold sauce quite well though.
Here is the visual run down of what you get if you buy this product:
The bag of Trader Joe's Organic Italian Artisan Pasta Capunti:
Cooking directions and the nutritional information:
After being cooked you get:
Would I buy this again? No, I would not buy Trader Joe's Organic Italian Artisan Pasta Capunti again.
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