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Waitrose Essential Fresh Penne

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Brand: Waitrose / Type: Pasta

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      12.08.2010 09:08
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      A few days back it was mine and my partners anniversary. We thought we should do something to mark the occasion but money is tight and rent is due next week! He wanted to go out for a meal but he would spend money like it was going out of fashion if I let him so I suggested that we get something nice from the supermarket and I will make something. Our ingredients for our meal, dessert and a bottle of wine only came to £10 from Waitrose so my idea was definitely best!

      We were browsing in the aisles at Waitrose and neither of us could decide what we wanted to eat. It was quite a small Waitrose in the middle of our local shopping centre so there wasn't a great deal of choice and also I'm quite a picky eater so that made it a bit more difficult!

      In the end we ended up at the pasta section, something that we will both eat! My eyes fell on the fresh pasta. I had never had fresh pasta before and always tend to opt for dried because a) it will last longer and b) it is cheaper. However, a while ago when we were visiting my sister we remembered that she had said how much nicer fresh pasta was, therefore we decided to give this a go. We paid £1.39 for a 500g bag which I thought was reasonable as it would last the pair of us two meals.

      We decided to have the pasta with a fresh cheese sauce as both of us are big fans of cheese and we thought we could dodge the calorie counting for one evening! Therefore when we got home I set about cooking the pasta. You can only cook the pasta on the hob and because it is fresh, it only takes around 4-5 minutes which is fab for those in a rush. Its worth noting that I used the remaining pasta in pasta bake last night and didnt cook the pasta beforehand and the pasta was soft and ready to eat within about 25 minutes.

      The pasta expanded a little bit in size when it cooked and it smelt nice and fresh. Half a bag was probably a little bit too much for two people as we both ended up with plates piled high! We stirred in the cheese sauce and then sat down to eat our meal.

      Immediately we could both taste the difference of the fresh pasta compared to our usual dried variety. It tasted so much nicer, it was softer and had a distinctive flavour which does not appear with other pasta. The texture was also really nice. My partner actually commented that we should switch from dried to fresh permanently.

      The pasta will keep for up to 2 days in the fridge once opened. Therefore if you are only cooking for one you might struggle to eat it all in time which will leave waste (something that no doubt we all hate!) However, you can freeze the pasta on the day of purchase and use it within one month.

      So how does it compare in price? Well as I said, a 500g bag of this pasta cost £1.39 whereas a 500g bag of dried penne from Waitrose costs just 61p so there is a vast price difference. However, the taste of the fresh penne is miles better so I believe it is worth paying extra once in a while! When you think that it will easily feed 4 then it doesn't seem so expensive.

      We really enjoyed this pasta and will definitely be buying it again. The quality is fab and it tastes much nicer than dried pasta! Recommended.

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