Could this be the best food product at Trader Joe's?
Mar 13, 2009
While I think almost all Lunch users can unite in solidarity that we love Trader Joe's, one question that's more difficult to figure out whenever I'm at a Trader Joe's is, "What do I buy?" In light of the fact that there is a Trader Joe's being built right across the street from me (ah, every morning I wake up to the sweet sound of construction building my fave grocery store), I'm on a mission to buy more effectively — since I predict I'm probably going to be at that store all the time.
OK, so I wanted to tell you about my favorite new discovery at Trader Joe's: the Lemon Pepper Pappardelle Pasta. I'm usually pretty wary of any kind of flavored pasta (isn't it all just artificial coloring?), but this surprised me. It's pappardelle pasta flavored with lemon and spiked with specks of black pepper — and, from the moment I opened the package, I could smell the lemons and peppers — fresh, tart, and savory.
The package claims that the pasta is infused with "100% natural flavors of lemon and black pepper," so I'm assuming that lemon scent and flavor isn't just artificial flavoring. The flavors do come through very strong.
What I like about this pasta is that since it's already flavored, I actually don't have to slather a lot of sauce or topping on to impart more flavors. While it's delicious by itself, I can also add a bit of olive oil, some salt (hold the pepper!), and some vegetables like petite peas and freshly cut up tomatoes. If you have any prosciutto in the fridge, a slice or two goes a long way.
Also, the texture is very succulent. After boiling, the pappardelle wasn't just a pile of limp rags (like with other pappardelle products I've tried), but had a bit of spring to it. The texture is rich and velvety, as with egg noodles — except there are only egg whites in the product.
I'm on my second package of this stuff, and I'm going out to buy a third today! Hopefully, it'll be carried at the new Trader Joe's across the street.
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Lemon Pepper Pappardelle Pasta is a dry pasta product exclusively offered by grocery store chain Trader Joe's. It is infused with lemon flavors, and incorporates flecks of black pepper.
The Kitchn (an Apartment Therapy blog) writes of the product: "We are not excited about much of TJ's pasta; we gave up on the tiny ravioli, which manage to be both chewy and gummy - and not in a good way. This pasta, however, is different. We suspect that we were simply seduced by its alliterative name, but we were pleasantly surprised by the pasta itself. The lemon comes through bright and clear, and following package directions yielded a firm yet tender al dente bite. The pepper is strong, too - those little black flecks aren't just coloring!"
In general, the product has been well-received by food bloggers.