I was intrigued when I heard about Barilla’s new Pronto pasta. A pasta that you make in one pan, that does not require boiling or draining? What????
So I said yes to their offer to send me their penne, rotini and macaroni. Here is the photo on Instagram the moment they arrived.
To a large pan you are supposed to pour the whole box of pasta and cover with 3 cups of cold water.
You are then supposed to cook on high stirring regularly until most of the water is absorbed, about 10 minutes.
My “high” setting on my stove is way too hot to do this because I ran out of water way too soon and because of all that starch, the noodles really stuck to the bottom of the pan.
Then you are suppose to top with your sauce.
I had a beautiful spaghetti sauce leftover that I thought would be perfect for making this “pasta made easier” dish.
Oh how everything stuck to the bottom! I had to let the pot sit overnight soaking and deal with all the gunk on the bottom the next day. This is easier?
Because you cook the pasta until the water is either absorbed or evaporated, I did not season the water, which meant the pasta fell flat with lack of seasoning.
Honestly, how hard is it to boil pasta and then drain it and dump in a sauce? Also, how is having the pasta in a big pot on high in water for 10 minutes considered no-boil?!
Why is draining the pasta a bad thing? Draining it gets rid of the extra starch, cooking it in boiling water means you can season it and if you are left with a pot covered with starchy pasta that is stuck like cement… This was not easier! And it thoroughly pissed me off because the pasta that I could remove from the pot lacked flavour. I also resent having to stand around and stir it the whole time!
Easier my foodie a$$. As far as I am concerned, this is a turkey of a product. I give this zero out of five wooden spoons. It promised to make my life easier and instead it made it messier and less flavourful.