Review of Barilla Spaghetti Pasta

by StevenHelmer

I purchased this spaghetti brand yesterday afternoon. Read to find out what I thought of it.

Product Description: Boxed spaghetti pasta from the Barilla pasta brand. I purchased a 16-ounce box of this pasta yesterday evening after work for $1.48 at one of our local grocery stores. I then used it when I prepared a spaghetti dinner for my family last night, boiling it on the stove per the instructions on the box.


Barilla SpaghettiSince my wife had been busy running errands all day, I offered to make dinner last night. However, when I got to the store, I realized I really had no idea what I planned on making. After pricing out a couple options and realizing I was starting to get very hungry, I decided to keep things simple and make spaghetti.

I have a brand of spaghetti pasta I prefer because it offers quality and only costs $1 for the package. However, as it turns out, the store was sold out of that brand and I had to settle for another brand instead. After a minute’s worth of consideration, I decided to buy the Barilla Spaghetti Pasta.

I should mention this was not the most affordable choice. In fact, there were two other brands that were about 20 cents less than this brand. My decision to buy it was based primarily on the desire to change things up a bit by buying pasta that didn’t come from a budget brand without going overboard on the price. The Barilla brand fell perfectly into that category. Unfortunately, it turned out not to be worth the extra money.

As far as taste goes, I honestly didn’t have any complaints. The pasta had a good flavor to it and everyone seemed to enjoy it. This isn’t always the case and we’ve had some brands of boxed pasta that just didn’t taste right. So, the fact this was a brand my kids were willing to have seconds of did give it a few points.

My biggest problem with this brand is it didn’t really offer anything special. I paid nearly 50 cents more for this brand than the brand I usually buy and, even though the flavor was good, I wouldn’t describe it as better. In fact, if I were to mix this pasta with my regular brand, I probably wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between the two.

My other complaint about this pasta is it stuck together to the point it was difficult to scoop some of it into a dish without taking a bunch more pasta than we wanted. And, this was a problem despite adding olive oil to the pasta in an effort to prevent it. This is something I would consider a downgrade because I don’t have this problem with my much-cheaper regular brand, even when I make more than one package at the same time.

Barilla Spaghetti, 16 Ounce (Pack of 8)

From its humble beginnings in 1877 as a small shop and bakery in Parma, Italy, Barilla has grown and strived to become the internationally trusted brand of pastas, sauces and It...

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Final Opinion

This is an OK brand and, as I mentioned, we had no complaints about the flavor. However, it really didn’t offer anything that would make it worth the extra money I spent on it and, unless I find it on sale for cheaper than $1, I probably won’t buy it again.

My Grade: C

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Updated: 11/13/2017, StevenHelmer
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DerdriuMarriner on 03/10/2022

StevenHelmer, Thank you for product lines, pretty pictures and practical information.
The fact that it's clingy does not endear it to me. The fact that it resists olive oil treatments is off-putting.

What is the brand that you all prefer of the boxed spaghetti pasta lines?

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