Sunday, June 1, 2014

The Pasta Shoppe Review & Giveaway US 6/15

Disclosure: I received the below package in exchange for my honest review, all opinions and experiences are 100% our own and may differ from those of your own. Mami's 3 Little Monkeys holds no responsibility for the fulfillment of the giveaway prize. 

The Pasta Shoppe began in 1992 when John and Carey Aron went on their honeymoon to Italy. They fell in love with pasta and the Italian lifestyle and knew that someday they wanted to recreate a piece of Italy back home. They returned to Italy in 1994 so they could understand exactly what it took to make the highest-quality and best-tasting pasta around. 

They added in something fun; hand-crafted bronze dies to create more then 250 different pasta shapes! They have shapes from cat paws to Christmas trees to college logos and shapes for everyone. The Pasta Shoppe is family run and home based in Nashville, Tennessee. 

The Pasta Shoppe's pasta is made in small batches of quality pasta, not mass produced. They buy all of their pasta making machine directly from Italy and use only the finest ingredients available. Their plant is similar to the 'boutique' manufacturing plants found in Italy.

We received a package of the above pastas. 

Spinach Basil Garlic Angel Hair Nests - $4.99
Reindeer Noodle Soup - $5.99
Wintertime Chili - $5.99
Chicken Noodle - $5.99
Snowman Pasta - $5.50
Music Notes Pasta - $5.50
Halloween Pasta - $5.50
Wisconsin Badgers Pasta (includes a vinaigrette mix) - $5.99

When we received our box of pasta I was so pleased to see the Chicken Noodle and Reindeer Noodle as Jedilynn was sick with a cold. I knew either of them would be the perfect thing for her. 

I made her the Reindeer Noodle which is chicken noodle flavored. It was super quick and easy to make, only took about 15 minutes to make and makes 12 cups of soup! Enough for the whole family to enjoy! I added some peas and carrots to the soup. My daughter ate a bunch of this soup, I was so pleased that she enjoyed it. Soup is great for everyone when they have a cold. 

I absolutely love buttered noodles with seasoning salt or grated Parmesan cheese. So I made myself the  Halloween pasta and add some butter and seasoning salt since I didn't have any grated Parmesan. It was delicious!

Usually I am worried about under cooking shaped pasta as they tend to take longer to cook, but I had no issues cooking any of our Pasta Shoppe shaped pasta to the perfect tenderness! The Pasta Shoppe uses 100% durum wheat and they add "all natural" vegetable powders for their pasta color with an exception for the Collegiate Pasta and Angel Hair Pasta Nests. They understand that College fans want their team colors so they add a little bit of food coloring to achieve the appropriate colors.

When I made the Wintertime Chili I added a can of kidney beans and it was perfect! Sorry, I don't have a picture of the chili. Definitely a great chili pasta dish for winter and especially awesome for a quick nights' dinner. Are you a working mom or just plain old busy? Then you'll want to try some The Pasta Shoppe's pasta "kits" as I call them. They are greatly priced and so convenient. 

Fun Pasta Fundraising - Our Program 
The Pasta Shoppe also has a fun, simple and effective fundraising program! You can request more information here. Connect with Fun Pasta Fundraising on Facebook.


One lucky reader will win a goodie box of pasta from The Pasta Shoppe (similar to the one we received w/an estimated ARV of $50). This giveaway is open to US residents whom are at least 18 years of age. Ends on 6/15 at 11:59pm CST. To enter for your chance to win simply complete entries in the Giveaway Tools Entry form below, you may complete as many (or few) as you wish. One winner will be chosen via random through the entry form and winners entries will be verified. Winner will be notified via email and will have 48 hours in which to respond or a new winner will be chosen. 

Good Luck! 


  1. I would love the Down on the Farm Mac 'n Cheese as my family are big mac 'n cheese people, they want it at least once a week

  2. I like the classic chili pasta. We love pasta in our chili. Thanks for the giveaway.

  3. I would like to try the Ohio State Buckeye Pasta because I think I would like it because of the vinaigrette mix.

  4. I would like to try the chicken noodle soup, it looks good and has great pasta shapes.

  5. I would love to try the Chili Pepper Pasta, just because I think the shapes are really cute and fun. Thank you.

  6. I would love to try the - Fiesta Pasta on our next family gathering and having marinated flank steak on the grill would be great together - Thank you for this review.. I also love the football team pastas.

  7. I would love to try the Down on the Farm Mac 'n Cheese because everyone at my house loves macaroni and cheese.

  8. I would love to try the Vineyard Pasta Salad with Red Wine Vinaigrette. It sounds super delicious!

  9. I would like to try the naughty or nice pasta because it would be fun to make mac & cheese with it at Christmas time.

  10. I would also like to try the chicken noodle soup because chicken noodle soup is usually comforting.

  11. I would really love to try the Down on the Farm Mac 'n Cheese because we all like mac & cheese at my house, it is one of our favorites. Thanks.

  12. I would like to try the fiesta paste, just because I like the fun shapes. Thank you.

  13. The Down On The Farm Mac N Cheese sounds yummy! My son loves mac n cheese and would enjoy the shapes.

  14. I would love to make macaroni anc cheese with the eat your heart out pasta on valentines day. It seems like there is a pasta for any special occasion.

  15. I would love to try the CAT LOVERS PASTA. This looks really neat and I have never seen anything like this before. I think my daughter would really love this as well. She loves cats.

  16. I would definitely use the Chirstmas tree pasta to make a macaroni and cheese for Christmas dinner. I think everyone would like that.

  17. The tri color angel hair pasta looks so pretty. It would be fun to cook with and make the food look pretty too! Rita Spratlen

  18. I want to try the Cat Lovers Pasta because I love cats. I love them so much, I want to eat them! Ha!

  19. I'd like to get the Texas Longhorns Pasta Salad for a friend who is a big fan.

  20. I would like to get the Roll Tide pasta for my boss because he is a really big fan.

  21. I would really love to try the Chili Pepper Pasta, just because I think the shapes are really cute and interesting. Thanks.