New in the Market: Hoboken Farms Pasta Sauce and Skinny Pasta

by Jo-Ann Heslin, MA, RD, CDN on February 7, 2017 · 0 comments

We love to try new foods. Some are great. Some don’t measure up and some become staples in our kitchen. See what you think.

Jarred pasta sauce has to be special for us to give a brand the thumbs up. Hoboken Farms gets a big thumbs up. It is rich and thick with nice chunks of real tomato. The pasta sauce, or gravy as Italians refer to homemade pasta sauce, is made with simple ingredients and no preservatives. It comes in three flavors. All are kosher certified (Kof-K).

Big Red Marinara has 80 calories in a half cup serving with 6 grams of fat and 300 milligrams of sodium.

Big Basil Tomato Basil has 80 calories in a half cup serving with 6 grams of fat and 300 milligrams of sodium.

Big Boss Vodka has 130 calories in a half cup serving with 10 grams of fat and 440 milligrams of sodium.

Skinny Pasta is made from the konjac plant which has virtually no calories and is very high in fiber. It is available in six shapes – lasagna, fettuccine, couscous, spaghetti, noodle and rice. Skinny pasta is gluten-free, kosher certified (Kof-K) and sourced from China.

The pasta is packaged in a lemon infused liquid which allows it to be shelf-stable till opened. Skinny Pasta recommends draining the shape and rinsing thoroughly before cooking. Skinny Pasta is precooked and can either be microwaved, stir-fried or incorporated into a recipe. Recipes are available on the website to offer ideas for using Skinny Pasta.

We tried the Fettuccine and Couscous shapes. Stir-fried without added ingredients both were bland with a slippery, chewy mouthfeel. Integrated into a recipe Skinny Pasta is far more appealing. We have tried other konjac pastas and found Skinny Pasta superior to other brands.   

One serving, 3.5 ounces or a half package, has 9 calories, 3.5 grams of carb, 3 grams of fiber and no other nutrients. Weight Watchers has assigned 1 SmartPoint to a serving of Skinny Pasta.

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