Trader Joe's Pantry: Lemon Pepper Pappardelle Pasta

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Trader Joe's - we missed you. We recently moved back into a city with Trader Joe's, and while some may be weary of Two-Buck Chuck and long lines, we are still enjoying the novelties of inexpensive marmalade, cheese, and organic chicken broth - all of which TJ's does very well indeed.

Here's a new favorite: lemon pepper pappardelle. We are not excited about much of TJ's pasta; we gave up on the tiny ravioli, which manage to be both chewy and gummy - and not in a good way. This pasta, however, is different.

We suspect that we were simply seduced by its alliterative name, but we were pleasantly surprised by the pasta itself. The lemon comes through bright and clear, and following package directions yielded a firm yet tender al dente bite. The pepper is strong, too - those little black flecks aren't just coloring!

We whipped up a basic lemon cream sauce to go with this pasta, and it was easy and delicious. Look for the recipe a little later today!

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Faith is the executive editor of The Kitchn and the author of three cookbooks. They include Bakeless Sweets (Spring 2013) as well as The Kitchn's first cookbook, which will be published in Fall 2014. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband Mike.