I love pasta. I'll take all the carbs if you aren't having them. The only time I've seen squid ink pasta is on the Food Network or on the menu of some fancy-schmancy place.
And to be honest, I've been to some fancy places and ordered the pasta dishes. And I was not too happy to be eating overpriced boxed pasta.
So, rather than have this out, I made this in.
I just happened to have visited my local H-Mart to get some seafood to serve with this. And while I was there I was in the pasta aisle. Another 12-ounce package of squid ink pasta was available for just over $5. It was fettuccine, but that is still double the price here. In fact, this package will only set you back $1.99.
Now in researching this product a bit further, the company has a website and some of the pasta seem eerily familiar. Trader Joe's is notoriously secretive as to who manufactures their products, but there seem to be striking similarities between certain varieties pictured. I'm referring specifically to the orecchiette, capunti, and the trofie. Those products are also made in the "heel" of Italy.
Now, this pasta has a deep black hue to it which did not make the pasta water look like there was a squid attack. Speaking of squid, for the most part, squid ink pasta like this is made with cuttlefish ink. It lends a lot more color than it does taste.
There is a subtle brine flavor, but I did not notice it too much. Someone who does not like seafood might be inclined to notice it more than I did.
The directions were on point and I removed it when it was still al dente. I opted for mussels with shallots, garlic, lemon, and white wine with my dish. Most recipes you'll find online will feature seafood with this although it would pair well with other proteins.
This was fun to try and a fraction of the cost elsewhere. It makes for a fancy-looking meal or one where people around you stare at what you are eating. It's worth a try once and it isn't too much of a premium over the cost of regular pasta.
Would I buy this again? Yes, I would buy Trader Joe's Squid Ink Spaghetti again if it is still available.
The package of Trader Joe's Squid Ink Spaghetti:
The nutritional information:
The ingredients and other details about this item including the directions:
After being cooked you get:
And served with some mussels and a roasted lemon:
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Trader Joe's Squid Ink Spaghetti
Product Name: Trader Joe's Squid Ink Spaghetti
Product Description: This is Casa Milo's Squid Ink Spaghetti that is available on the shelves of Trader Joe's.
This product is a new addition to the pasta aisle. Squid Ink Spaghetti adds a fancy color without the fancy price on to the shelves. This is actually a Casa Milo product.
- Trader Joe's Squid Ink Spaghetti is made by Casa Milo and this is very well priced.
- By having the Casa Milo name on this pasta, it now makes wonder if this is the company behind some of the other artisanal pastas that we've seen recently.
- Subtle briny flavor. Not as assertive as freshly made squid in pasta