Oh well well.. what do we have today for the taste test? An exciting package from Modern Table Meals came in my mail a few days back with lots of interesting products and i decided to give them a go. In this post, i am trying out their pasta meal kits and sharing my opinion with you all. You would also read why these pastas are so special ! So, lets get to taste testing some pasta .. shall we ? 🙂
My family loves pasta to core. We hardly need any excuse to make them and enjoy. My husband specially loves this one pasta dish i make which is a little unconventional route but it works with us ! Ok, this may sound weird to some but i like to add beans/lentils or chili to the pasta and make a fusion mex version 🙂 This version has become so popular with my family that now whenever i make chili, i make some extra… just for this ! I think lentils are a great addition to the pasta to make it protein rich (specially for vegetarians) and make it a complete meal. So, how do we connect the dots here??
Well, a few days back i participated in a twitter chat session with Meatless Monday and Modern Table Meals . The chat was very interesting and i found myself participating actively. I got to know about “Modern Table Meals” from that session and was keen to check out their website. Modern Table Meals is found by a team of busy moms who re-imagined the concept of pasta and thought of utilizing the power of lentils to create a range of lentil pastas. I mean pastas made out of lentils !! WOW . I was so excited to see that !! 🙂 As i read about the product, i instantly found it interesting and got keen to bring it to my kitchen and make it ! When i got in touch with the Modern Table Meals, they also showed equal interest and send me a package with some of their interesting products !
The exciting flavors i got in my package :
lentil Pasta Meal Kits
- Green lentil pasta – Pesto flavor
- Green lentil pasta – Cheddar broccoli flavor
Lentil Pasta Starters
- Lentil Elbows
- Lentil Penne
- Lentil Confetti
Being a designer by profession, the first thing which caught my eyes is the simple- clean packaging for the products (i know its not food related but i am a visual person and packaging is the first thing i notice). What i love about these pasta meal kits? something which cannot go unnoticed is that these pastas are protein rich as they are “all lentil” pasta.The meal kit contains the lentil pasta with vegetables and 2 sachets with sauce mix and seasoning mix. The direction for making the pasta is provided at the back of the pack and it is really simple to bring together.
The lentil pasta has a little residue foam while cooking (just like when we boil lentils) and takes about 9-10 minutes to boil and get cooked. The boiled pasta has a very neutral taste and you cannot tell if the pasta is lentil based. After that, you can either mix in the sauce and the seasoning or go forward with your own creative pursuits !
Taste test : Pesto meal kit
I decided to try the “Pesto” flavour first. I am a big fan of pesto flavour and i was very curious to see how close this meal kit would be to the pesto pasta we prepare from scratch. The pasta took about 15 minutes to cook. The packaging says that the pack quantity serves 4 but i think 3 is more realistic if you are having just the pasta for the meal. I decided to have the real Italian experience and served it with some garlic bread after which i easily got 4 servings from one pack. Each serving of this pack contains 22gms protein and 6 gms fiber which is a real “feel good factor” 🙂 The pasta tastes pretty authentic and the seasoning sachet provided along with it was really flavorful. I made the whole pack and kept the leftovers for the next day. The pasta tasted even better the next day 🙂
The flavour of this pesto pasta is pretty good and i quite liked it ! My overall score 8/10
Taste test : Cheddar Broccoli Kit
The second flavour i tested out was the Cheddar broccoli. The sauce was really creamy and had a hint of broccoli in it. I would have loved if this pasta had bigger chunks of broccoli but it tasted good anyways. You can always add some fresh broccoli to the dish 🙂 I found the taste of this pasta even better than the pesto flavor and the seasoning on top was just delicious ! I really thought i would make it into 4 servings but we just kept eating and before we realized, me and the hubby finished off almost 2 servings each with just a few spoonfuls left 😛 Overall score : 9/10
Overall, i have to say that these pastas delivered all the goodness they promised. The meal kits can come real handy on days you don’t want to work too much or put your skills to test in the kitchen in order to get a good meal. These kits are easy to put together and you get a hearty, delicious comfort bowl of pasta in the end 🙂 One thing i did notice was that these pastas are a bit denser than the usual pastas (in my opinion) but i do not find that as a problem. In fact it fills you up in lesser quantity and it is definitely a protein rich alternative to its typical counterpart. The pastas have a very neutral taste and they can be tweaked in various ways to create fun meals for children and adults alike. If your family eats pasta often, this is a great lentil pasta to add to your pantry and get creative. I enjoyed the two meal kits i received as a sampler and now i am thinking of new ideas to make something fun with the pasta starters i got ! Got a suggestion??? Let me know !
This review has been a lot of fun and i thoroughly enjoyed trying out the meal kits ! I would like to thank Modern Table Meals for these amazing samples I love finding new and innovative ways of using ingredients and reinvent the classics.. these products do just that ! Enthusiasts must check out their website to find out more about their products, pinterest, instagram, facebook and twitter !