Thursday, October 31, 2013

The Pasta Shoppe Review

I have a really awesome new and exciting pasta company (at least to me) to share with you today called The Pasta Shoppe! They have some of the most unique and fun pasta that I have ever seen and I think you will agree that it just might be the thing to get your family in the mood for more pasta! I have to tell you that they were more than generous with their products and I was simply blown away by how much was sent for us to try.
Included in the package:
*Georgia Bulldog Pasta
*Music Pasta
*Halloween Pasta
*Zoo Animal Pasta
*Cheesy Pasta (cheese & pasta)
*Chicken Noodle Soup
*Spinach Basil Garlic Angel Hair
*Vanilla Bean Divine Meringues (dessert)
I'll start with the Chicken Noodle Soup because it hasn't been that long since I made this and boy, was it delicious! All I did was add the chicken and some diced onions and a few carrots. They have included a seasoning packet with each bag of their soups. Each bag will make 10 cups and the really awesome part is that you can make it in 15 minutes!
My husband is not a big soup eater but he made an exception for this one! We heated up yeast rolls with this for dinner and it makes a really fulfilling meal without a lot of fuss. Of course, we ate this for almost a week but that was okay, it was that good!
Their Cheesy Pasta is not like any other that you have seen! The pasta itself cooks up big and fluffy and it may not look like a lot inside the container but when it's cooked, well, be prepared to eat some truly amazing macaroni & cheese but with pasta. I made this one night with some chicken & Mike is a huge macaroni & cheese fan, so it has to be good or he won't eat it. He said he was really surprised that this beat out one of his top choices that he eats. Great job Pasta Shoppe!
Just like any other box you get in the store, just add butter and milk and the packet that comes with the bag of pasta! The bag is 12 oz. and will make between 4 to 6 servings depending on how big you serve. Also, there is a small fun sized coloring book on the inside to help keep the kids occupied while you are cooking.
Now, this is the one that we thought was really the attention getter. They have over 60 Collegiate Pasta's to from and because we are from Georgia, they had sent me the Bulldogs. These are salad pastas that come with a vinaigrette seasoning mix that you can make however you wish. I chose to make a sort of three bean salad but with the pasta added! I also added of course the kidney beans & pinto beans along with onions, olive oil & balsamic vinegar.
With all of those beans, this made a lot more than I had expected. I also accidently poured a little bit to much vinegar so I had to add more beans to soak up the juice. We ate on this Bean Salad for almost 2 weeks! Of course, there is just the two of us here at home, so if you have more people in your family, it probably would have gone quicker.
Now, for the Spinach Basil Garlic Angel Hair I had made Chicken with Capers one night and instead of using our plain spaghetti noodles to put the chicken on top of, we substituted this pasta and it came out double awesome! These are like the little bird nest pasta that you see in the grocery store.
You just place however many nests that you think you might need into the pot and let it simmer. Each nest is about 100 calories and they have 2 other flavors beside this one.
This is the Chicken & Capers with Artichokes that I put on top of the Spinach Basil Garlic Angel Hair pasta. It was my best meal of the whole experience even though the others were truly amazing, we both had to admit that this was the icing on the cake!
Now, we come to the Halloween Pasta and for this one I decided to do something that I didn't with the others. I made something that I knew Mike wouldn't eat but I had been wanting it for awhile so I used this pasta for it since I knew he didn't care for Halloween shaped pasta. It tastes the same and there were no seasonings with this one so that is another reason why I chose this one to make my Tuna Salad.
I think I added too much stuff because this made a whopper of a batch! I ended up having to give my neighbor and friend some since I knew Mike wouldn't stuff Tuna! I just added boiled eggs, dill pickles, onions, mayo and salt & pepper. It really does make an awesome salad. I use the same recipe for Tuna Salad sandwiches and just leave off the pasta. Makes a heck of a sandwich!
Now, the last two pasta's I haven't made yet because we simply are going to have to take a break. That was a lot of pasta to eat over this past month or so and the last two that are left, Zoo Animal and Music are just like the Halloween, no seasonings or flavors, you just make them however you wish.

They have tons of other shapes to choose from and you really need to see them all to believe it! They will have one for Thanksgiving and they have several for Christmas and each and every holiday that we celebrate! There is Valentine's pasta, Birthday pasta, baseball, basketball, dancing, gymnastic, cheerleading pasta and on and on! I am not kidding, you really need to visit them to truly understand how many there are!

Check out this video for information that I might have missed!
And now we come to dessert! The Vanilla Bean Meringues.
 We really liked them but ended up giving most of them to our friend and neighbor who really loved them a bunch! I saw how her eyes lit up when she saw them so I let her have them after we took a few. We are not big Vanilla flavor dessert eaters.  Our main flavor is Chocolate or Peppermint so either of those would have been a hit with us and The Pasta Shoppe has those 2 flavors so we will probably try them sometime later on.
These are only 7 calories per cookie and each box has about 30 cookies. They also have a Key Lime Coconut flavor that would have been interesting to try.
That pretty much wraps up just about a little bit of everything that The Pasta Shoppe has except for 2 things that we didn't review and that was the Sauces and the Spreads. Otherwise, I gave you a pretty good idea of what all is in store for you. Of course, you will have your own recipes that you can use on the pastas to make them your own. Get creative and make something new for your family to love.
One last thing, you can use their pasta's for fundraising! This is something that I don't have a whole lot of experience on so I don't know all the nitty gritty details of how it all works but they do and they will help you set it all up. Just click on the poster above or on the link Request More Info and it will take you where you need to go to get you started. There is also a special Facebook page set up just for the Fundraising aspect of the pasta.
How did they get started:
Our business is family run and home based in Nashville, Tennessee, but our pasta adventure began in 1992 during our honeymoon to Italy. We fell in love with pasta and the Italian lifestyle, and knew someday we wanted to recreate a piece of Italy back home. 
In 1994, we traveled back to Italy to understand exactly what it took to make the highest-quality and best-tasting pasta around. Then we added the fun part: hand-crafted bronze dies to create more than 250 different pasta shapes! From cat paws to Christmas trees to college logos, we've got a fun pasta shape for everyone.
Connect with The Pasta Shoppe:

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 159245
Nashville, TN 37215
Phone:  800-247-0188

The awesome folks at The Pasta Shoppe will be giving the winner of my The Great Turkey Escape Giveaway Hop an assorted package of pasta worth $30 for you to try this holiday season! The Event starts on November 1st and ends on the 15th. Open in the U.S. only. Good Luck Everyone!
Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours.


Danielle Royalegacy said...

I have seen this pasta reviewed on other blogs, and it looks so cute! I keep thinking that this would make my great pasta salad perfect!

Marti Tabora said...

This pasta is the best. We are going to use turkey shaped pasta to make our macaroni and cheese for Thanksgiving. I'm also going to buy some of the college team pastas for my co-workers. Thanks.
Marti Tabora

Carol L. said...

I just recently found the Pasta Shoppe. My daughter also is finding about about the Fund Raising aspect of the Pasta Shoppe for her son's school. The review you did was amazing and thorough as usual Mary. I'm going to buy some of the College Team pasta for my grandsons as stocking stuffers. :)
Carol L
Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

V Hubler said...

Everything looks so delicious and easy to make I will definitely be checking out their site. Thankyou!!

Jennifer Hiles said...

These are so cute! I didn't know they made pasta in such shapes! I'd love to try the Spinach Basil Garlic Angel Hair.

desiree reilly said...

i can say this would be great for me beacuse i can not get near the stove for long time it be easy quick meal

Robin Wilson said...

I haven't heard of them before, but we are huge pasta fans. That pasta salad you ate for 2 weeks would have been devoured here. I love how cute they are, but they are also hearty and that makes a huge difference in soups!