“ Brand: Asda / Type: Pasta „
I love pasta , especially shaped pastas which hold sauce and flavour wonderfully . The only troubel is, it takes about 10-12 minutes to cook normally, which is fine if I'm cooking a home made bolognese sauce or something to go with it, but is a bit of a pain in the bum when I just want a big bowl of pasta covered in grated cheese .
Many supermarkets now sell quick cook pasta - and asda is no exception, offering two varieties, penne and fusilli . I chose Penne because I love how the sauce goes into the tubes if I'm using a sauce, and it just absorbs flavour well . Now, the ingredients in this pasta are exactly the same as in the ordinary pasta , so you're wondering now what the miracle is that makes it cook faster - and the secret is ....thinner and smaller penne quills. Thats all it is . In the same way a rasher of bacon cooks faster than a gammon joint , a little reduction in size is a big reduction in cooking time .
Cooking is simple - bung into a pan of boiling water, and boil away for five minutes . Drain it, top it, eat it - easy peasy . Taste wise, its not much different from any other pasta out there - it need s sauce, some herbs, or a little cheese to give it flavour , but as the bulk of a meal it does an excellent job of filling me up.
At 78p for a 500g bag, its good value . I do have one issue though in that asda keep changing the packaging - sometimes its as in the picture, other times its dark blue, and this confuses me and has me hunting round the shelves for it!
Faster Pasta that tastes just as good as the stuff that takes longer to cook - highly recommended for those of you who just don't want to wait.
ASDA Penne pasta quills - Quick Cook does exactly what it says on the packet. It cooks in 3 - 5 minutes not the normal 10 - 12 minutes it takes to cook pasta. Though I am sure my normal pasta took longer than 12 minutes to cook or maybe I cooked it on a much lower heat. Anyway, I loved this product. Yes I am talking past tense "loved" my local ASDA store does not stock this any more!!! Only Brought this the once and then in my next weekly shopping trip it was not there anymore I looked all over the pasta aisle just could not find it. I think ASDA are nuts why get rid of a product like that when their shelves are already bombard with normal pasta. So yeah, I never saw this product again, except online.
You cook it exactly the same as any other pasta. You place the pasta into a large pan of slightly salted boiling water. Bring back to the boil and then just simmer uncovered for 3 -5 minutes. Have to admit the time it takes to make normal pasta I was a bit skeptical that it would not cook in 5 minutes. 4 minutes later I could see that it seemed cooked but I left it the whole 5 minutes just incase. It was cooked I could cut through the pasta easily. So I drained it, then I mixed pasta sauce in and warmed through, tasted just like the normal pasta wondered what they put in it to make it cook so quick.
Ingredients include Durum Wheat Semolina, which when I compared to the normal ASDA Penne - quills also included Durum Wheat Semolina (100%) has left me completely baffled. So what was the magic ingredient that made pasta cooked in the same way, cook quickly. I guess we will never know.
Overall it's a good product if you can a get a hold it.