Review of Kraft Spaghetti Classics Tangy Italian Spaghetti Dinner

by StevenHelmer

This product is something my wife and I will purchase when looking for a dinner for two. Read to find out why.

Product Description: Boxed spaghetti dinner with pasta and a tangy Italian marinara sauce mix that is made by mixing in a can of tomato paste (the one item you have to purchase separately). This product is available at many of our local grocery stores (in the boxed pasta aisle) for around $1.50 per box and we have used it to make a spaghetti dinner for two people on a couple different occasions.

An Affordable Dinner Option

Kraft SpaghettiThere is definitely not enough in the box for our entire family to enjoy this. However, my wife and I have turned to this particular item in the past when it was just going to be the two of us eating it. The main reason for that is, even with purchasing the tomato paste; this item is considerably less expensive than buying the ingredients separately. And, we don’t usually pass up a way to save money.

When we first purchased this product, I did have some doubts about it. After all, whenever I see a low price like that, I do naturally assume I’m making some sort of sacrifice. Other than the smaller quantity, however, there really isn’t much about this product that would make me think I’m not getting my money’s worth.

For one, the sauce is actually not that bad. It’s a little spicy. But, while it’s enough to give the sauce/dinner a bit of a kick, it isn’t anything I would consider to be too much. In fact, I actually like this sauce a little better than some of the jarred sauces we sometimes buy (though I do have to admit, it isn’t as thick as some of those sauces). Also, even though there is a little bit of preparation involved with mixing the sauce together, it isn’t anything that is overly complicated and doesn’t take that long to do.

The pasta also seems to come out surprisingly well whenever we make this. Again, there’s not a lot of it and I wouldn’t recommend this for anything more than a dinner for two (unless you plan on buying more than one box). But, there’s no obvious quality difference between the pasta in this product and what we would normally purchase if we were making a larger dinner.

Kraft Spaghetti Classics, Tangy Italian Spaghetti Spice Mix & Parmesan Cheese, 8-Ounce Boxes (Pac...

Spaghetti & traditional spices, grated parmesan cheese. Just add tomato paste. When we were growing up, dinner was a hearty, flavorful meal made from wholesome ingredients and p...

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Final Opinion

This is a product I think has been around a while but many people forget about when looking to make a spaghetti dinner. If, however, you are looking to make dinner for one or two people, it is something I would recommend looking for at your local grocery store because you’ll get decent quality at a very reasonable cost.

My Grade: A

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Updated: 02/03/2016, StevenHelmer
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DerdriuMarriner on 03/10/2022

StevenHelmer, Thank you for practical information, pretty pictures and product lines.
It's helpful to know about a quality boxed product such as Kraft tangy Italian spaghetti dinner even though I have to remember to get tomato paste too.

I keep a list of no-fuss, no-muss, pre-made, quick products that I can take out of the pantry and quickly extend the number of servings when more guests or more re-serving requests surface than anticipated.

What would you all recommend in the way of canned tomato paste?

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