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You’d Never Know This Cheesy New Pasta at Trader Joe’s Is Gluten-Free

published Oct 3, 2022
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Eating noodles is one of my favorite pasta-times. I dedicate time, energy, and effort to this hobby of mine, not unlike someone who plays tennis or practices piano: What’s the right sauce for this noodle? The right noodle for this cheese?

Sure, I love the simplicity of buttered noodles and pastina, but an al dente, slightly doughy homemade noodle can really makes my heart soar. I’m more than well-acquainted with a homemade noodle, whether it be pappardelle or cannelloni. I once even swept a trivia night’s category on … Italian pasta shapes.

When I recently stopped into Trader Joe’s, I spotted a new fresh pasta that made my eyes do that “a-wooga, a-wooga” heart-eyes-popping-out-of-the-skull-cartoon reaction: gluten-free cheese ravioli.

Credit: Mackenzie Filson

What’s So Great About Trader Joe’s Gluten-Free Cheese Ravioli?

Bite for bite, this gluten-free cheese ravioli is wildly similar to the other fresh pastas at Trader Joe’s. It has a subtly nutty flavor and pleasantly doughy texture. The key to this? Apparently, the old reliable ingredient that is puréed cauliflower.

What’s the Best Way to Use Trader Joe’s Gluten-Free Cheese Ravioli?

My go-to way to eat ravioli is with a bit of fruity olive oil or cultured butter and a dusting of Pecorino cheese. The rich, fluffy filling contains five classic cheeses: mozzarella, asiago, Parmesan, ricotta, and Romano, so why not add one more on top for good measure?

But no need to stop there. Next on my list, I’m going to pop these into the air fryer (with a bit of olive oil spray and Parmesan) to make a low-key fried ravioli, add them to a brothy tomato soup, and toss them right into my next spicy shakshuka. However you choose to serve these ravioli, you’ll find you really can’t go wrong. And if anything, you can do what I did most recently and just eat these cheesy pillows of joy right from the pot. I won’t blame you.

Find it in stores: Trader Joe’s Gluten-Free Cheese Ravioli, $4.49 for 8 ounces

Let us know some of your favorite pastas from Trader Joe’s in the comments.