The pros: Trader Joe's Organic Italian Artisan Pasta Gigli is one of three new pastas that are organic and artisan.
The cons: This is a premium priced pasta, but is still affordable. A few pasta pieces lost their cool shape.
The verdict: I'm always happy to try a new pasta. Especially in a fun shape. I previous tried the new orcchiette, capunti, and now this gigli. I had no idea what gigli referred to until I started searching it up. It means little bell. It does look more like a ruffled lilly waiting to bloom.
I've reviewed my fair share of pastas. But one two things stand out: most just taste like pasta unless you are referring to the flavored pasta and keep an eye on the cooking time. I'm happy to report that this tastes just like any other pasta. The premium you are paying goes towards the artisan shape. Otherwise, nothing stood out in terms of taste that made me think it being organic made any sort of difference.
If trying Trader Joe's pastas has taught me anything it's to keep an eye on cooking time. Some cooking times are on point. Others are way off. I like my pasta al dente. But I can tell you this pasta cooked quicker than most of the other pastas I've tried. Mine was done in about 5 minutes. Most other pasta take much longer. My pasta was soft and not al dente, so consider giving it a try in about 4 minutes.
Now, if you are finding you are questioning paying $2.69 for just over a pound of pasta consider what you can use this shape for. This shape does very, very well with thick sauces. I made a pesto go test it out. This shape is ideal with a thick sauce. So while I made mine with pesto, feel free to consider other thick sauces like a bolognese. I enjoyed it and it's not an everyday shape.
So while I won't make this a regular purchase, it does make for a pretty Sunday dinner type of pasta that will have everyone wondering what a cool shape. You'll have a few that won't keep their shape and you'll need to get a large pasta pot out to handle these cone shaped pastas, but otherwise it's a solid choice.
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 Gigli:
The nutritional information, the ingredients, and how to prepare:
After being cooked you get:
Coated with a thick pesto you get:
Would I buy this again? Yes, I would buy Trader Joe's Organic Italian Artisan Pasta Gigli again.
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