Product Review: Lemon Pepper Pappardelle (Why haven’t I found you sooner?)
When it comes to Trader Joe’s, I have nothing bad to say about anything they do — with the exception of their bread (it goes bad quickly and isn’t very flavorful….) and their yogurt (ditto on the going bad quickly). But their frozen food is magnificent, their little tasty treats are awesome and I love the variety of cheese and produce they have. In short, if you don’t live near a Trader Joe’s, I’m very sorry.
Last Saturday, Marc and I were grocery shopping and we decided that we wanted to make an easy Friday night pasta dish, considering our schedule. I wanted to do a pasta primavera with turkey sausage, which we had in the freezer. Our Market Basket didn’t have a very wide pasta selection, so we headed to Trader Joe’s in Burlington, in search of pappardelle.
Trader Joe’s being the place that it is didn’t just have pappardelle, they had a lemon pepper papparadelle that intrigued us both. Marc and I were both concerned that it might taste a little artificial (how do you get a decent citrus flavor into a dried noodle?) but knew we had nothing to lose and we got it.
I’m really glad we did — this pasta was perfect for our pasta primavera (which was so basic and thrown together that it’s not even worth sharing — let’s just say that it was pasta with sausage, garlic, olive oil and whatever vegetable we had in the kitchen). The lemon flavor was delicate and not too strong and the pepper in the noodle provided a subtle undercurrent of bite. Both the lemon and the pepper really added intensity to the vegetables as well. The best part is, I think it would be a good pasta to buy for summery meals. If you have a Trader Joe’s near you, I encourage you to try it — we both heartily endorse it!