Review of Pampa Potato Gnocchi

by StevenHelmer

I purchased this product this past weekend as a side dish for steak. Read to find out what I thought of it.

Product Description: Pre-packaged potato gnocchi from the Pampa brand. The pre-made gnocchi is prepared on the stove in boiling water and is found in the pasta aisle. I purchased two packages of this product at one of our local grocery stores this past weekend for $1 per package and prepared it as a side dish that night.

Review

My oldest daughter had a figure skating competition this past weekend and, as has become tradition, I made her a steak dinner the night before.

I realized I needed some sort of side dish to go with the steak so, since we had to stop at the grocery anyway, I went looking for something. I saw the Pampa Potato Gnocchi and, both because it was only $1 per package and because it had been a while since we had gnocchi, I decided to pick some up (along with a jar of Alfredo sauce).

I've had pre-packaged gnocchi from a few different brands and the quality from those brands was always a bit mixed. Since this particular brand had such a low price, I wasn't really sure what to expect from it. However, it turned out to be halfway decent.

Potato Gnocchi
Potato Gnocchi
Photo by Steven Helmer

One thing that really impressed me about this product when I prepared it on my stove was how easy it was to cook. All I had to do was bring some water to a boil, add the gnocchi and wait about 3 minutes before draining it. Convenience like that is something I always appreciate, especially when I'm making a larger meal and have to multi-task.

As far as quality goes, I had no complaints. I won't lie, it was pretty obvious it was a pre-packaged pasta rather than freshly made. But, the taste, texture, etc. far exceeded my expectations for a product I only spent $1 on, especially since there turned out to be more in the package than I was expecting (adding to the overall value). And, my opinion seemed to be shared because I didn't hear any complaints from the rest of the family either.

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Final Opinion

It's not as good as fresh-made gnocchi. But, when you take the low price into consideration, it is good enough to be a good value purchase.

My Grade: B

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Updated: 05/23/2017, StevenHelmer
 
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DerdriuMarriner on 07/17/2017

StevenHelmer, Sometimes excellent alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks help main dishes and sauces to cover the non-fresh taste of small quantities of a pre-packaged side dish.

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