Reggano Pasta Entrees

Aldi’s boxed Reggano pasta entrees make good side dishes at dinner time. Add a little meat to them and they become a main dish. They are sold near the other pasta items, sauces, and instant mashed potato mixes and come in a few flavors.

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Reggano Pasta Entree Angel Hair with Herbs

This contains “angel hair pasta with naturally flavored herb sauce mix.” It’s pretty tasty if you’re into pasta. The box suggested adding chicken for a complete meal and includes a recipe for Creamy Herb Pasta with Chicken. The 4.8-ounce box makes about 2.5 1-cup servings.

This can be prepared on the stove top or in the microwave. To prepare on the stove top, bring 1 1/3 cups of water, 2/3 cup of milk and 2 tablespoons of margarine or butter to a boil. Slowly stir in pasta and seasoning, return to a boil, and cook uncovered 4-5 minutes until pasta is just tender, stirring frequently. Sauce will be thin. Let stand 3-5 minutes to thicken.

To prepare in the microwave, combine 1 1/3 cups water, 2/3 cup milk and 2 tablespoons margarine or butter in a dish and microwave uncovered on high 4-5 minutes or until boiling. Slowly stir in pasta and seasoning. Microwave 1 minute and stir. Microwave 3-4 minutes more. Let stand 3-5 minutes so the sauce can thicken.

For stir-in or topping ideas, the box suggests adding 1-2 cups of diced cooked chicken or ham or 1/3 cup sun-dried sliced tomatoes.

Reggano Pasta Entree Shells & White Cheddar

This is a nice comfort food consisting of “shell shaped pasta & white cheddar cheese sauce mix.” The shell noodles make it a little bit like a classic macaroni and cheese. The box suggests adding tuna for a complete meal and includes a recipe for Tuna Melt. The 6.2 ounce box makes about 3 1-cup servings.

This pasta can be prepared on the stove top or in the microwave. To prepare on the stove, bring 2 cups of water and 2 tablespoons of margarine or butter to a boil, then add the pasta and cook for 12-14 minutes. Stir in 2/3 cup of milk and sauce mix, return to a boil and cook 1 to 2 minutes. The sauce will be thin. Let it stand for 3 to 5 minutes before serving.

To prepare in the microwave, combine 2 cups of water, 2 tablespoons of butter or margarine and pasta and microwave 10 minutes. Stir and microwave for another 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in 2/3 cup of milk and sauce mix, and microwave for 2 to 3 minutes. The sauce will be thin. Let stand for 3 to 5 minutes to thicken.

The box suggests stir-in or topping ideas such as diced cooked chicken or ham, diced sausage and diced red bell pepper, or ground black pepper.

Reggano Pasta Entree Parmesan Cheese

This consists of short pieces of “angel hair pasta with naturally flavored Parmesan cheese sauce mix.” It is one of those cheap pasta dishes that tastes delicious — so much that you want to make it for lunch and eat the entire thing by yourself — but it really doesn’t have much going for it nutritionally. It is not all that distinguishable from the above-mentioned angel hair with herbs pasta, although the Parmesan cheese gives it a little more flavor. The box suggests adding meat to make a complete meal and includes a basic recipe for “Cheesy Parmesan Pasta with Meat,” which sounds sort of cryptic. (All you do is add 1/2 lb. of ground beef or turkey to the pasta.) The 5.1-ounce box makes about 2.5 servings.

It can be prepared on the stove top or in the microwave. To cook on the stove top, bring 1 1/3 cups of water, 2/3 cup of milk and 2 tablespoons of butter or margarine to a boil in a medium saucepan. Slowly stir in pasta and seasoning. Return to a boil, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to medium. Boil uncovered 4-5 minutes until pasta is just tender. Sauce will be thin. Let stand for 3-5 minutes for sauce to thicken.

To cook in the microwave, combine 1 1/3 cups water, 2/3 cup milk and 2 tablespoons margarine or butter. Stir and microwave uncovered on  high 4-5 minutes or until boiling. Slowly stir in pasta and seasoning. Microwave on high 1 minute. Stir. Microwave on high 3-4 minutes more. Sauce will be thin. Let stand 5 minutes to thicken.

For stir-in or topping ideas, the directions suggest adding one cup of halved cherry tomatoes.

The Verdict:

Aldi’s Reggano Pasta Entrees make tasty side dishes, or add a bit of cooked chicken, ham, or ground turkey to make a meal. The Shells and White Cheddar are a bit like macaroni and cheese and are a favorite in my family. The Angel Hair with Herbs pasta and the Parmesan Cheese pasta are very similar to each other in taste and texture, but the Parmesan Cheese pasta is a little more flavorful.

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About Rachael

Rachael is the Senior Editor for Aldi Reviewer. She is also a freelance writer and editor. You can find her at www.rachaelsjohnston.com.

15 Comments

  1. Lately the Pasta Entree Angel Hair with Herbs has not been your best. This time all the pasta was very small, like you would cut up for a child. Way to much pasta for the small amount of seasoning. Have used and loved your products for a long time but won’ take much more for me to give them up. Please set up your quality control.

  2. I’m a huge pasta eater, when my wife brought home Reggano spaghetti from Aldi, well 10 mins was 10 mins!!!!!! Not only perfect al dente, the sauce ( gravy) was soaked up by the pasta!!!!!! NO white pasta like other brandS that does NOT ABSORB!! And says 10 mins, but STILL NOT DONE AFTER 18 mins!!!! Wouldn’t buy any other brand but REGGANO!!!!!!!!!!!! All pastas!!

  3. The reggano lasagna noodles every noodle on both edges fall off I had a strainer full of strips from the edges never will I buy this noodles again

  4. Annette: The lasagna noodles — a different product than what this post covers — are no-boil, oven-ready noodles. You don’t boil them or drain them in a strainer. They get layered uncooked directly into your lasagna dish with all other ingredients. I recommend preparing them that way and seeing if they hold up better. I love them and have never had problems with them.

  5. I bought the Shells & White Cheddar, followed the directions as stated & the Cheese Sauce never Thickened? I believe they need to revisit their directions. 2 2/3 cups of liquid is way too much.

  6. Why are Reggano boxes marked “not recyclable”?

  7. For many years I buy 2 cases of Reggano Traditional Pasta sauce and we have been happy with the rich flavor. The last couple of cases were returned to the store for a refund due to the sauce being extremely watery. Good Lord, they watered the sauce down to an unbelievable level. I would rather they charged more since its only .99 cents a jar! We will try it again by the end of the year but for now its Ragu or Prego.

  8. Hello,tried Reggano Angel hair and herbs and said wow. I would like to know where this product is made. I buy foods at Aldi I have never seen in other stores. Love the prices. I am a true Aldi shopper now. Thank you for putting the customer first before money.

  9. This is the worst boxed pasta I’ve ever tried. Worse than Kraft mac and cheese. Stick with Knorrs for sure. I just got home from the bar starving for any sustenance i had available and I just threw this in the trash. No flavor, total garbage. Blaaaaahhhhh

  10. I ate one of your boxed pasta meals and I had a severe allergic reaction because morons are now putting mushroom powder in the products they sell,I am deathly allergic to mushrooms along with many many other people,you should without question make it clear on box that they contain this poison,I know there is an ingredients list in fine print on side of box but many people dont continue checking that because adding mushroom powder is a newer practice,most products that contain this nastiness did not use it in the past,it is a wreckless practice that could result in death like it almost did for me,I was lucky my wife had my epipens or I would have been a statistic directly cause by such wrecklessness.

  11. DAVID J. SCHNEIDER

    Just finished a portion of Reggano Angel hair with herbspasta.
    I was very disappointed. The pasta was ok. However, the sauce was terrible. Its taste reminded me of wallpaper paste. Adding Itallion herbs and Parmason cheese did not improve the taste.

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