When Trader Joe's puts out a product, sometimes they make it a theme. Now there are two Cacio E Pepe products on shelves: this frozen spaghetti and the refrigerated ravioli.
If you are a person who would prefer to not dirty a kitchen for dinner, then this is a pretty solid dish. It isn't hard to make on your own and it contains minimal ingredients.
But if you want to keep things down to just one dish and don't mind carbs, then this is a pretty solid meal.
I made this in the microwave. The directions were spot on, but only bought one so I don't know about the stovetop directions.
You get about six nests of pasta which help ensure they stay a bit more al dente since they are more closely clustered together. Like other pasta dishes there are blocks of sauce there too.
Once heated the sauce melts, but the nests took some time to untangle. Now, in terms of serving sizes, this is one of those cases where appetites will probably exceed the number of servings. So while this says 3 servings, it is closer to 2 servings if not a 1 serving meal for someone very hungry.
But the sauce is creamy and nice and peppery. It does seem to have more ingredients than a homemade one. Odds are this is to compensate for the fact that is a frozen entree. But I didn't feel like I was missing too much here.
If you've never had a cacio e pepe dish, then the closest analogy I can make is that is somewhat like an alfredo but with way more black pepper to it. And it has the taste of Pecorino Romano cheese as opposed to Parmesan.
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This can be made in the microwave in about 7 minutes or on the stove top in about 5 minutes.
Each package is $3.99 for a package that is just over a pound in weight.
Each serving is 270 calories. A serving size is about a cup. There are 3 servings per bag.
It was a pretty solid dish. It made for an easy quick dinner. Best of all get a veggie going and you more or less have a complete meal or two. And like I said earlier, the pasta wasn't mushy in any way.
And if you've ever wondered about how to make this dish at home you can check out this recipe to see if it something worth trying at home.
For $3.99 it isn't badly priced and your kitchen will stay remarkably cleaner than making it on your own.
Did you try it? Let me know what you think in the comments section!
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The bag of Trader Joe's Spaghetti Cacio E Pepe:
The nutritional information and the ingredients
After being cooked you get:
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Trader Joe's Spaghetti Cacio E Pepe
Product Name: Trader Joe's Spaghetti Cacio E Pepe
Product Description: Trader Joe's Spaghetti Cacio E Pepe is a new frozen entree.
Trader Joe's Spaghetti Cacio E Pepe is frozen and pretty fresh tasting.
- A solid entree
- Even though I microwaved this it still seemed al dente and not mushy.
- A lot closer to 2 servings