We had planned on going out to dinner with the kids Friday night. But, a sudden storm kept us indoors instead so we had to scramble to find something to make. We decided on hot dogs but needed something to go with them and ended up making a packet of Food Club Cheddar Broccoli Pasta & Sauce.
Normally, I’m not much of a Food Club fan. But, I have had some of their other Pasta & Sauce varieties in the past and, even though they aren’t the best available, they usually aren’t terrible considering the low price.
Unfortunately, that was not the case with this brand.
When I first saw this, I thought it looked a lot like macaroni and cheese. In fact, that is what it was. There was macaroni and it was covered in cheese. The only difference was there was broccoli mixed in with it.
Making the pasta was easy enough. We just needed to mix the contents of the packet with milk and butter and cook it in the microwave. It was done in a matter of minutes. And, unlike many other products that are similar to this one, we didn’t have an issue with the sauce not thickening and being too watery. It actually thickened right away this time.
However, when it came to overall taste, this product did seem to lack something. It was supposed to have a cheddar cheese sauce on it. So, when I took my first bite of it, I figured it would have a sharp flavor or, at very least, a salty taste to it (like many other cheaper brands). That isn’t what I got. Instead, the sauce was very bland. There was no flavor to it at all. And, even though there were pieces of broccoli mixed in with it, there honestly wasn’t enough to make much of a difference when it came to taste.
As a result, when I was eating this, it was almost like eating the pasta with nothing on it (even butter). There are some people who can do that (my daughters included). But, I’m not one of them and did not enjoy this side dish one bit. I only had one serving of it (and barely finished that) and most of the pasta ended up being leftover. Even though we did save it and put it in our fridge, I’m guessing it’ll end up in the garbage at some point.
As I said before, I do normally like the Food Club Pasta & Sauce products. But, this particular variety is one I would not buy again.