Jun 28, 2024

Review: Trader Joe's - Spaghetti Carbonara

A bag of Trader Joe's Spaghetti Carbonara.

Trader Joe's Spaghetti Carbonara is a frozen meal featuring "spaghetti in a creamy sauce with uncured pancetta, Grana Padana, and Pecorino Romano cheeses."

A 16-oz bag was $4.29.

Trader Joe's Spaghetti Carbonara before cooking.

It's pretty interesting how the Spaghetti Carbonara came out of the bag. The noodles were little bundles, the frozen sauce was broken up into chunks, and the pancetta looked like little crumbles. Surprisingly, none of it was stuck together.

Trader Joe's Spaghetti Carbonara after cooking.

The noodles were al dente with a toothsome bite to them.

The sauce was thick, smooth, and creamy tinged with the salty flavor of romano and Gran Padana cheeses. It clung well to both the noodles and the pancetta (and the sides of my Pyrex container).

The pancetta looked a bit like pink sausage crumbles and provided bursts of salty meaty goodness. While it resembled sausage, the pancetta had a much meatier chew. It lacked the extra flavor from a good pan sear but was otherwise quite nice.

A forkful of Trader Joe's Spaghetti Carbonara.

Overall, Trader Joe's Spaghetti Carbonara turned out nicer than some of the carbonara I've made before (not that I'm a great cook or anything). The taste and texture were on point and the price is very affordable. I would definitely get this one again.

Nutritional Info - Trader Joe's Spaghetti Carbonara (454g)
Serving Size - 1 cup frozen (140g)
Calories - 280
Fat - 14g (Saturated Fat - 9g)
Sodium - 670mg
Carbs - 26g (Sugar - 4g)
Protein - 11g

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