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If you’re looking for a fast dish for dinner, or a quick and easy lunch on the affordable side, Ready Pasta from Barilla is for you. Plain pasta you cook in a bag for 60 seconds; sounds like NBD? But it is! Think about how much time it takes to boil the water, make the rest of your dinner, wash the pot afterwards… add that with being a busy mom or dad to picky eaters and this instant pasta will seem like a godsend.

If your kids are anything like every other kid we know, “pasta with butter” is one of the only things they’ll eat, so this microwave to table solution is just short of magical. No sauces, no weird green flecks, just pasta.

“Yeah, but it’s probably soft and weird,” we hear you say. Let me just stop you right there. We served this to our kids last night, the penne and the elbows to be specific. The feedback? It’s better than the pasta we normally make; “Your pasta is too soft.” Well, good to know. Perfect al dente, from a bag, in 60 seconds.

Throw in your favourite sauce, some veggies and/or proteins or eat it as is. It’s also non-GMO certified, has no preservatives and is all natural, so you can’t miss.

What about the non-parents out there? Think about how easy your work meals can be. Just keep a bottle of pasta sauce in the office fridge and you’ve got a quick and easy lunch all week. No soggy pasta, no extra dishes.

WHO IT’S FOR:

Busy parents (and non-parents) who want a quick, easy dinner option.

HOW MUCH?

$2.99 per pack

WHERE TO FIND IT:

In store at Loblaws or various other major grocery retailers