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.
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.