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Cayley's Kitchen Beef Pasta

Another product promoting the ever-simple one-pot meal at an affordable price.

I want to thank the folks who originally came up with one-pot meals. There's something about them that's not only convenient, but able to produce some amazing dishes. As a man, we're always poked fun at when it comes to convenience. For example, yes, I'm guilty of purchasing the "all-in-one shower bottles (shampoo, body wash and conditioner)" because it's just one purchase and that's it. I feel the same with these one-pot meals: You just need one pot and you can cook a full, stomach-friendly dinner in one shot. Less dishes to wash, right?

In case you haven't read our other reviews for one-pot dinners, such as this one by comedian Larry the Cable Guy, these are very easy to prepare, as you mostly need water, milk, ground beef and some patience. While you can follow the instructions on the package, come dissolving the powdered flavor, I'd suggest adding a bit more to also tenderize the pasta. I highly doubt you can fully cook the pasta with one cup of water, so you may want to use your eyes and judge accordingly. What makes this product from Cayley's Kitchen different is the powdered flavoring is mixed in with the uncooked pasta, making it similar to Nissin/Top Ramen noodles—only Nissin's, or Top Ramen's, powdered flavor is packaged separately. Having said that, this meal can be prepared into a quick lunch that you can whip up quickly, especially in a microwave. If you're new here, of all our food reviews, we have been kindly advising against using microwaves when cooking. Why is that? Let's put it this way: If a country like Russia banned them from use, then there's probably a good reason for it (note: I'm not of Russian descent). This is a food review, so we'll let you find out why by doing your own research. Let's digress.

Given how big my appetite is, I often cook two of these. These products also come in different flavors such as stroganoff, cheeseburger and lasagna to name a few. When prepared properly (see and swipe to the third photo above), you have a meal that'll last you the entire day, and that's no exaggeration. If you have a job that uses a lot physical movement or heavy lifting, a meal like this would definitely fit your bill. Cost? We purchased this for 99¢ at the 99 [Cents] Only Store. It may or may not be available, but you may want to check the pasta section to see if they have some in stock. With the addition of ground meat, some water and milk, you're looking at a meal that costs less than $10 to make. At a weird, crazy and unusual time like this, you can save yourself the hassle and prepare this lunch/dinner at home.

The taste? Delicious, and the flavors taste fresh. The pasta is very easy to eat and melds well with the ground beef, without being too overbearing ("overbearing" meaning every bite isn't just all pasta, but a blend of the other parts of the food married with the flavors with it). With a nice mesh of the other ingredients, you're looking at an undiscovered gem that may catch the eyes of youngsters living independently, looking for a more stomach-filling alternative besides the usual ramen noodles. Nothing against ramen noodles, especially now that the weather is getting cold, but you want to change your cravings and try something different. Preparing this requires a little more effort, but that will be worth it. Learn to cook, folks; You'll be so thankful you did.

Whoa, Kris, bro, why not a perfect score?

It pains me to say, given we believe in the policy of honesty, but the reason for the deduction is because of how salty it gets. Luckily, you can more water to off-set the salty content, while cooking to both tenderize the pasta and reduce the sauce to a thick consistency. Cooking and following instructions on the package as is, in our tests, results in a very salty taste. The flavor powder comes off super sharp, as I don't think the average person may be able to handle such salinity bite after bite. I understand meals like these are popular in the South, as Southern foods are most often high on salt, so depending on your taste, just add more water after you pour in the uncooked pasta and use that to both tenderize the noodles and to lower the salt content. I personally don't mind salty foods, but this is one is very strong. Other than that, it's a meal fit for those who want to stay full for the rest of the day.

Besides that critique, I'm loving what Cayley's Kitchen has whipped up. Nowadays, things are running dry due to shortages, power outages, people losing their jobs and many more craziness that I never would have guessed we'd be under (are we back to normal now?). Take your mind off the pessimistic and enjoy this meal. Like instant ramen noodles, you can customize it to your liking, such as adding diced green onions to go with it. It also works as a side dish to your main course, if need be.

Whatever negative energy is hurled your way, you can remove it with a meal like this. Trust me, uplift your spirits and nothing bad will ever take you down: Eat this meal and enjoy!

TASTE4/5

PACKAGING5/5

PREPARATION5/5

COST5/5

PLUSES
  • Conveniently packaged.
  • Easy to cook and prepare.
  • Pasta isn't too big, and are the perfect size.
  • Costs only $1!
MINUSES
  • Tastes too salty when adding the assigned amount of water (add more liquid to reduce the sodium).
95% (A)
Fan Rating
PROFILE
Brand Cayley's Kitchen
Item Beef Pasta
Description PASTA & NATURAL BEEF-FLAVORED SAUCE DINNER MIX
Skillet Prep • Microwavable
Bar Code Number 0 74026 87001 5
Net Weight 5.6 OZ (159g)
Manufactured by: Gourmet Select Foods • Syosset, NY 11791
Product Number 17-OP-1005
Beef Pasta Skillet Directions 1. Brown 1 pound lean ground beef* in 10-inch skillet; drain.

2. Stir in 1 cup milk, 2 cups hot water, sauce mix and uncooked pasta. Mix thoroughly.

3. Bring to boil, stirring occasionally.

4. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally or until pasta is tender.

5. Uncover, remove from heat and let stand for 5 minutes. Sauce will thicken as it stands. Stir before serving.
Beef Pasta Microwave Directions 1. Crumble 1 pound lean ground beef* in a 2-quart microwavable casserole.

2. Microwave uncovered on HIGH for 3 - 5 minutes, breaking up beef after 3 minutes, until brown; drain.

3. Stir in 1 cup milk, 2 cups hot water, sauce mix and uncooked pasta. Mix thoroughly.

4. Microwave uncovered for HIGH for 10 - 12 minutes, stirring occasionally, until pasta is tender. Casserole will be hot.

5. Let stand uncovered for 5 minutes until sauce thickens. Stir before serving.


*Ground turkey or chicken can be used instead of beef.
Ground beef is fully cooked at an internal temperature of 160°F.
Ground turkey and chicken is fully cooked at an internal temperature of 165°F.
All microwaves vary and heating times may have to be adjusted.
Stir-In Ideas • 1/2 cup sour cream. • 5 oz. mixed vegetables. • 4 oz. can mushrooms, drained.
Topping Suggestions • Sprinkle with French fried onions.
NUTRITION FACTS
Servings Per Container 5
Serving Size 1/5 package (32g)
Calories As packaged: 110
As prepared: 300
Total Fat As packaged: 0.5g - 1%
As prepared: 12 - 16%
Saturated Fat As packaged: 0g - 0%
As prepared: 4.5g - 24%
Trans Fat As packaged: 0g
As prepared: 0.5g
Cholesterol As packaged: 0mg - 0%
As prepared: 60mg - 20%
Sodium As packaged: 640mg - 28%
As prepared: 720mg - 31%
Total Carb. As packaged: 23g - 8%
As prepared: 25 - 9%
Dietary Fiber As packaged: <1g - 3%
As prepared: <1g - 3%
Total Sugars As packaged: <1g
As prepared: <1g
Includes Added Sugars As packaged: 0g - 0%
As prepared: 0g - 0%
Protein As packaged: 3g
As prepared: 22g
Vitamin D As packaged: 0mcg - 0%
As prepared: 0.5mcg - 2%
Calcium As packaged: 0mg - 0%
As prepared: 91mg - 6%
Iron As packaged: 1mg - 6%
As prepared: 2.7mg - 15%
Potassium As packaged: 0mg - 0%
As prepared: 347mg - 8%
Ingredients ENRICHED PASTA (WHEAT FLOUR, NIACIN, IRON, THIAMIN MONONITRATE, RIBOFLAVIN, FOLIC ACID), SEASONING (CORN STARCH, SALT, ENRICHED WHEAT FLOUR [NIACIN, REDUCED IRON, THIAMINE MONONITRATE, RIBOFLAVIN, FOLIC ACID], MALTODEXTRIN, SUGAR, ONION POWDER, COLOR ADD [CARAMEL COLOR, YELLOW #5, YELLOW #6], YEAST EXTRACT, PALM OIL POWDER [PALM OIL, LACTOSE, SODIUM SILICOALUMINATE], GARLIC POWDER, SOYBEAN OIL TO REDUCE DUSTING, WHITE PEPPER, DISODIUM INOSINATE, DISODIUM GUANYLATE, NATURAL BEEF EXTRACT FLAVOR).

CONTAINS: WHEAT, SOY AND MILK.
MAY CONTAIN: EGG.
Other PARTIALLY PRODUCED WITH GENETIC ENGINEERING

BEKTROM FOODS INC.
www.bektrom.com

SKILLET MEAL

ADD GROUND BEEF

MADE IN A PEANUT-FREE FACILITY

MAKES 5 ONE CUP SERVINGS

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