Trader Joe’s Cacio e Pepe Gnocchi Review
The Cacio e Pepe gnocchi at Trader Joe’s is a great easy meal to keep on hand. It’s perfect as an entree on cold nights or would make a great side dish.
Gnocchi is a type of pasta typically made from potatoes that is rolled into small dumplings. When I was cooking for a toddler, we called gnocchi pillow pasta. The best part about it is the texture. They’re dense but soft carby balls and balance fantastically with a variety of sauces.
However, the gnocchi in this frozen dish fell flat. I’m not sure if it’s because it was frozen or the way I prepared it, but they were absolute mush. Other reviews have mentioned microwaving the dish gives it a firmer texture. Generally I opt for avoiding microwave instructions on frozen mac and cheese but maybe that would have made a difference?
Much like the sauce in their original Cacio e Pepe spaghetti, the sauce in their gnocchi is flavorful and delicious. I expected it to develop after being removed from heat, but it stayed consistent throughout the cooling process.
The true magic in this dish is how quickly it comes together. I followed the stovetop instructions which require you to add 2 tablespoons of water to the package contents in a non-stick skillet covered for 3 minutes. Then cook it for an additional 3-4 minutes at a lower temperature with the lid removed.
That’s it! You’re six minutes from pillowy soft comfort food.
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The magic of Trader Joe’s is how simple their dishes come together and this cacio e Pepe gnocchi is the perfect example. It is delicious and comes together quickly.