This “Cute” $2 Trader Joe’s Italian Item Is Back Just in Time for Valentine’s Day

published Jan 15, 2024
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Trader Joe’s has some of the best seasonal items in the grocery game. From the cheesy Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese for the autumn months to the Peppermint Brownies for the holidays, the “new item” shelf at the grocer is never anything short of delicious — and winter is no exception. With Valentine’s Day, you can be certain you’ll find some love-filled treats to create the perfect holiday meal.

If you want to concoct something festive for Valentine’s Day this year, look no further than Trader Joe’s Italian Artisan Heart-Shaped Pasta. Spotted by our favorite Trader Joe’s aficionado @traderjoeslist, the festive pasta from last year is back on the shelves. The noodles are shaped like small hearts with red-colored pieces mixed in.

“Love is in the air, and on our plates!” wrote the Instagram account. “Say ‘ciao!’ to the return of Trader Joe’s seasonal ITALIAN ARTISAN HEART SHAPED PASTA. These delightful little hearts aren’t just charming; they’re a flavor festa, too! Crafted with love by Italian artisans, each pasta piece is a testament to the season of amore. Perfectly al dente, they’re like little love letters to your taste buds.”

The creator recommends preparing the dish with Trader Joe’s creamy Alfredo Sauce, Arrabbiata Sauce if you’re in need of a little spice, or the traditional Basil Pesto Sauce. However, we think the latest addition to the Trader Joe’s sauce collection would make for the perfect Valentine’s Day dinner. The Rosatella Pasta Sauce is concocted with cream, Italian tomatoes, and Grana Padano cheese for a truly authentic Italian meal.

You can grab a 16-ounce bag of the heart-shaped pasta for $2.49 and a jar of the Rosatella Pasta Sauce for $3.99. Nothing says love like a heaping bowl of pasta, right?