Plant Pure® Pesto Pasta Review
Tuscan Pesto Pasta from the same guys that brought you the documentary (currently on Netflix and Youtube), ‘Plant Pure Nation‘!
Sorry…It has been awhile since I posted a new review. I got busy the week before last and really didn’t eat anything worth writing about. But today I think I shall fill you in on one item I devoured last Friday.
As I was getting ready to grab my spot in the ’10 items or less’ express checkout lane behind the woman with 30+ items in her cart, I turned around to find a treasure trove of Plant Pure frozen meals in a display behind me! I had never seen them before, but I recognized the Plant Pure logo from the documentary a group that I belonged screened a the local library recently and a cookbook I found at Barnes and Noble. There was a Chana Masala, a Garden Sesame Noodle, and the Tuscan Pesto Pasta (they make other varieties. My local Publix store, however, does not carry them yet). I was not aware that it was vegan until I looked at the ingredients and noticed it did not contain a cheese based pesto. This is going to be interesting!
So I grabbed a couple to take to work for lunch. I have been on a low-carb diet for a couple of weeks…and I was craving a bit of pasta. Not only would this satisfy my craving…but it would also lower the amount of frustration I have shown towards my co-workers as well. I know they would appreciate it if I consumed this pasta and calmed the hell down. You know how them carb-cravings can get you sometimes!
Firstly, I love pesto or ‘cream’ based sauces on my pastas. I prefer the creamy over the tomato-y. I worked at an Italian restaurant for some time and loved their Alfredo. So it goes to reason that I would grab these up! “A creamy pesto sauce loaded with carrots, peppers, peas, and zucchini over whole grain fettuccine”! I’m in!
So at the end of the week, I popped one of these into the ‘wave at work and watched some funny cat videos on my phone as I waited. As usual, the instructions were not very precise for a 1200W microwave. I had to triple the time to get the damn thing even thawed out, let alone cooked! The first time around…I noticed there was a lot of water left in the bottom of the tray. However, after heating again for much longer, the water and the starches got together to create a thick sauce baby. Either that or it evaporated. I like to think a sauce baby was made.
I dumped this medley of veggies, pasta, and sauce into a bowl and was impressed by the portion size. Just Right!
Not too much…not to little. Just freaking right!
One thing I was disappointed in however, was the fact that the description on the front of the packaging was a wee-bit off in the measure of one particular veggie…
Loaded my ass! Here is the one and only zucchini I found in my bowl:
But you know what? I don’t really care to be honest with you. After tasting the sole zucchini, I am glad I only found one. Frozen and thawed zucchini is nasty!
However, the amount of peas, carrots and peppers was just right. The pesto was darn good too! I have made pesto using only basil, pine nuts, salt, pepper and oil. However, while eating this, I notice that they “use no added oils”. This was a pleasant surprise. I have noticed when I make my own pesto and use it on my pasta…most of the pesto ends up in the bottom of the bowl and not really sticking to the noodles. So….there-you-go!
I went on to consume the entire bowl and was left wanting some more. I know I didn’t need more, but I really dug the pesto flavor. I freaking love PESTO! Did I already say that?
Now onto the ‘nutes’:
Total Fat: 7g
Saturated Fat: 1.5g
Trans Fat: 0g!
Sodium: 460mg! (Not to bad!)
Total Carbohydrates: 56g (Whoops! That should last me a couple of days!)
VitD, Calcium, Iron, and Potassium (6%-20% DV)
Now check out them ingredients; Whole Plant Based ingredients, ‘modest amounts’ of salt and sugar, and no nasty preservatives! I will definitely buy this again, and will try the other varieties these guys produce and let you know what I think of those as well.