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Knorr Pasta Sides (Beef Flavor)
Besides the cons that go along with this product, the preparation and the meal itself is very delicious. After eating one meal, you'll want to purchase at least 5 or more of these (assuming it's not overpriced).
I understand: You don't have time to patiently whip up a fabulous meal in thirty minutes or more. And while I believe that great meals come from the effort of cooking from scratch, there are days when our patience has emptied out. Thank you Knorr for this!
You can't get any simple than this. Bringing two cups of fresh water to a boil, and simply add in the mix! The directions recommend Margarine as an option; I say make it mandatory. It'll bring in some fat, but also the richness of the margarine that isn't too overpowering. The packet says it cooks in 7 minutes or so, but never do I time it. My suggestion is trust your eyes. As long as you keep stirring and keeping an eye on it, it should cook in no time. Oh, and the Fettucini pasta is very thin so it will cook faster than the "normal-sized" pasta. Stir until the sauce thickens and you're good to go!
The taste is almost close to homemade. Considering that you added water and margarine seems like the alternate fodder to a delicious heaven. After you're done, you feel like you can down in a second bowl.
Out of a perfect 5 stars, I gave it only 4 stars. Firstly, the front label which misspelled the word "Fettucini." Not that spelling would deter shoppers from buying this but anyone doing the proofreading QC—quality control—needs to get this straight. And considering the packet isn't old and provided their Facebook fan page means there's no excuse for not researching the correct spelling. Secondly, and most might agree, the portions are incredibly small. Frankly, like the label says, it's a "Pasta Sides" dish. I'm a man and I eat like one—let's just say I just made a pro football athlete's appetite in competition with mine (no joke). Because this is best served as a side for your favorite greens, salad, meatloaf and mashed potatoes, the portions could be much larger. Or, it could be an entire meal in it of itself. Then again, this was made from New Jersey and not the South. (For some reason, southern restaurants and cooks serve up HUGE portions of food, even if for yourself. I think I'm starting to love the southerners. Hey y'all!)
Despite those flaws, this will make your stomach smile. I know that's anatomically impossible, but you'll feel it after eating this.
- Amazing and easy meal to prep. Flavors are delicious and near-fresh tasting.
- Mentioning of the word "artificial" flavorings. Portions for each packet is too small an amount for the average person wanting to use this as a full meal (despite it being a "side dish").
|Item||Pasta Sides (beef flavor)|
|Description||Fettuccini[sic] in a Savory Braised Beef Flavored Sauce with other Natural Flavor
No Artificial Preservatives
Cooks in 7 Minutes
|Bar Code Number||0 41000 02248 7|
|Net Weight||4.3 OZ. (121g)|
|Distributed by||© Unilever, Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632 USA|
1. In medium saucepan, bring 2 cups water and 1 Tbsp. margarine (optional) to a boil.
(Try using I Can't Believe It's Not Butter!® Spread or Shedd's Spread Country Crock® Spread.)
2. Stir in contents of package and return to a boil. Reduce heat and continue boiling gently for 7 minutes or until pasta is tender, stirring occasionally.
3. Let stand at least 2 minutes. Stir and serve.
In 2-quart microwave-safe bowl, combine 2 cups of water, 1 Tbsp. margarine (optional) and contents of package. Microwave uncovered at HIGH about 10 minutes* or until pasta is tender, stirring once halfway through cooking. Stir and serve.
*Microwave ovens vary; adjust times as needed. Directions above developed in a 1200 watt microwave oven.
|Product Number||83185369 (????)|
|Serving Size||2/3 Cup (62g) (1 cup prepared)|
|Servings Per Container||about 2|
|Calories from Fat||Mix: 10
|Total Fat*||Mix: 1g - 2%
Prepared: 1g - 8%
|Saturated Fat||Mix: 0g - 0%
Prepared: 0g - 5%
|Cholesterol||Mix: 0mg - 0%
Prepared: 0mg - 0%
|Sodium||Mix: 760mg - 32%
Prepared: 760mg - 34%
|Total Carbohydrate||Mix: 46g - 15%
Prepared: 46g - 16%
|Dietary Fiber||Mix: 3g - 12%
Prepared: 3g -12%
|Vitamin A||Mix: 2%
|Vitamin C||Mix: 0%
|Folic Acid||Mix: 30%
|Ingredients||Enriched Macaroni Product [Semolina and Durum Flour (Wheat), Niacin, Ferrous Sulfate (Iron), Thiamin Mononitrate (Vitamin B1), Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), Folic Acid], Maltodextrin (Corn, Potato), Salt, Onion Powder, Corn Starch, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Sugar, Potassium Chloride, Caramel (For Color), Carrots*, Yeast Extract, Garlic Powder, Natural Flavor, (Milk, Soy, Wheat), Parsley, Torula Yeast, Disodium Guanylate, Disodium Inosinate, Citric Acid, Sulfites.|
|Other||* Amount in Mix, ½ tbsp of spread contributes an additional 40 calories, 35 calories from fat, 4g fat (1g saturated fat) and 40mg sodium per serving.
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