Helena Ricketts loves cooking from scratch and sharing her recipes with anyone who wants to try something new in the world of food.
Barilla Collezione Three Cheese Tortellini
I heard about this new tortellini pasta and decided that I really wanted to give it a try to see if it was good. I'm generally a fan of Barilla pastas so I purchased it with the automatic expectation that it would be tasty.
Another thing to consider is the fact that I generally do not eat filled pastas that have been dried. Normally, when I eat tortellini or ravioli, it is fresh, refrigerated, or frozen. This was definitely new territory for me.
It's Not 4-6 Servings
The first thing that I noticed is that the bag says it contains enough for four to six servings. The way that I prepared it equaled three, so unless you are going to be slathering this in a sauce, serving it over a bed of greens, or being really creative, you'll want to remember that, at least in my opinion, the serving size measurement is not very substantial at all.
You Can't Recycle the Bag
I would also like to note that the bag is labeled as not being able to be recycled. While I'm not an avid sorter in my home for recycling because our trash collection company does it for us at their processing plant, for some reason that fact kind of rubbed me the wrong way. I have always been under the impression that large companies are mindful of recycling and the environment. While this isn't a deal-breaker on this pasta for me, I felt that it was worth mentioning since it did take me by surprise.
I'd give these a 7/10.
Barilla Tortellini Pasta Bags Can Not be Recycled
How I Cooked the Pasta for My Review
The instructions on the side of the package for cooking the tortellini were quite simple to follow.
- 4 quarts of water into a saucepan.
- Bring the water to a boil.
- Add the tortellini.
- Boil for 10 minutes.
- Add sauce or whatever you want to the pasta.
If you can boil water, you can easily make this pasta.
I chose to keep it simple for tasting purposes. I really wanted to taste the pasta, not any sauces or additions. Once the amount of pasta that I wanted to eat was in the bowl, I tried the first piece plain out of the water.
My initial thoughts on the pasta were that it was not good. Without anything on it, it tasted like old pasta that has been sitting around for a while. The cheese on the inside was gritty, which makes me wonder if it was the cheese powder listed as the last ingredient. Was I getting that gritty texture from that? Who knows for sure.
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Like many people in the world, I don't always like sauce with my pasta, which makes the pasta a lot easier to taste. I added about a tablespoon of butter, a little pepper, and a little salt to the bowl so I could give it a final taste and decide what my ultimate thought is on the pasta.
So How Did It Taste?
This is going to be a hard one to describe. Even after adding the butter, salt, and pepper, the cheese still had that grittiness to it. It was a bit of a distraction from the pasta itself, which did have some flavor improvement after the addition of the other ingredients.
The 10-minute cook time was sufficient to cook the pasta to the point where it was done, not mushy but with a bit of firmness to it. The butter did mask the flavor that I mentioned above complaining that it had an old taste to it.
All in all, if the price is right and I want to use tortellini in a dish, I would use this one again but only if the price is right. This is one of the more expensive Barilla pastas on the market right now. In my area the regular price is $5.99 per package.
Considering the serving size posted on the package, it is important to remember that if you are eating this pasta plain or by itself, you'll want to remember that you will get approximately three adult size servings per bag.
What Is the Online Buzz Saying About This Barilla Pasta?
The majority of the online reviews that I have found that talk about the Barilla Three Cheese Tortellini have been positive. Here are a few positive things that people are saying about it:
- "I've tried other brands of instant dry pasta, but so far these have been the best." - Amazon Customer
- "I would recommend it to family and friends." - Walmart Customer
- "It was pretty darn good with a little drizzle of quality olive oil and parm cheese sprinkled on top."- Amazon Customer
There are a few negative things here and there but you have to remember that you can't please everyone 100% of the time. Here are a few snippets of the bad:
- "The cheese that arrived yesterday has a shelf life of 1 month, not a good shelf life, reason for losing 2 stars." - Amazon Customer
- "The problem is it just doesn't taste very good." - Amazon Customer
- "I love Barilla pasta, but had my doubts about the cheese filling in a dried product." - Walmart Customer
My Final Thoughts
On a scale from 1 to 10, I'd have to give this one a 7. It's not great but not hideous either. All of the reviews that I read on Amazon and Walmart before I ultimately picked this package up at Target were mainly positive. Out of 50 reviews, I would estimate there were 49 positive to 1 negative.
One thing that I did find comical is that people either loved it or hated it. There was no happy medium when it came to how people felt about this pasta.
Have you tried this pasta? If so, what did you think? Let me know in the comments below.