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PastaCrate Subscription Box Review + Coupon – May 2016

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PastaCrate is a monthly pasta subscription box that ships handmade, small-batch pasta from the best pasta makers in the USA. All pastas are made using traditional Italian techniques, and every month you receive different organic and seasonal selections. Each box contains 24-48 servings of pasta.

This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)

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The Subscription Box: PastaCrate

The Cost: $34.99 per month + free US shipping

COUPON: Save 50% off your first box with code MSA50

The Products: 24-48 servings of handmade, small-batch pasta

Ships to: USA only

Check out the Food Subscription Box Directory and make sure to add PastaCrate to your subscription list or wishlist!

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This month’s featured pasta maker is Sfoglini. They are a NYC-based pasta shop. I received 24 servings from the three pastas. 

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The box came with a detailed pamphlet with a note from PastaCrate’s founder and featured recipes for each of the pastas! I thought that was neat.

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Sfoglini Zucca 16oz – $6.99

Zucca pasta looks like jellyfish! This is made with organic durum semolina. The featured recipe– zucca with bacon, squash, and sage– looked simple enough and didn’t require many ingredients, so I went ahead and tried it with my subpar post-college cooking skills. Zucca has a nice chunky size and texture and it’s super chewy! It’s great with the bacon and squash combo. The overall dish has a light creamy flavor, but you can add as much parmesan, pepper, and salt as you want to taste. My boyfriend and I enjoyed it so much we made it for his mom on Mother’s Day (it was a hit).

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Zucca with bacon, squash, and sage.

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Sfoglini Whole Grain Spaccatelli 16oz – $7.49

This spaccatelli is made with organic NY State grain. I treated it like a fancier macaroni. I made mine with marinara meat sauce (like the Sfoglini website had suggested) and it was delicious! The pasta was very filling as well, which I’d attribute to the whole grain.

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Spaccatelli with meat sauce.

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Sfoglini Beet Fusilli 16oz – $8.49

Last but not least is the beet fusilli. It’s made with organic durum semolina. It’s a beautiful purple color although it loses much of the vibrancy when cooked. I made meat sauce with this one again because I love hearty sauces. It tasted amazing! The beet fusilli didn’t taste much different from regular fusilli, but I enjoyed the flavor nonetheless.

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Beet fusilli with meat sauce.

Verdict: I thoroughly enjoyed the pastas from PastaCrate. I think my favorite pasta was the zucca; it’s just such a funky shape and fun to eat. I would definitely pull out the zucca recipe in the future to wow some friends. The curation is awesome and I loved trying out pastas that I’ve never even heard of before. Going off of Sfoglini’s website, the total value is $22.97. There’s a $12 discrepancy that one may be able to attribute to shipping costs and curation. For example, if you were to buy this on Sfoglini’s website you’d need to account for shipping. Alternatively, I did see the Sfoglini brand being sold at my local gourmet/fancy food store for $9.99 a bag, so if I were to buy these pastas locally it’d cost me $30 plus tax. This ends up being the same as the cost of PastaCrate. So, overall, the value breaks even for me, at least for this month. While I loved the pastas, I do hope future PastaCrate boxes can increase the value a little more.

What do you think of PastaCrate?

Written by Nancy Su

Nancy Su

Nancy used to be a Candy Crush addict but then she became addicted to subscription boxes instead. Now she has a particular interest in Korean/Asian beauty after seeing the wonders it has done to her skin. She’s constantly in search of new lippies, skincare, and tasty international snacks.
All views in this review are the opinion of the author. My Subscription Addiction will never accept payment in exchange for a review, but will accept a box at no cost to provide honest opinions on the box. This post may contain affiliate/referral links. Read the complete My Subscription Addiction disclosure.

9 Comments

  1. That Zucca pasta does look like jellyfish?,and that dish looks delicious! But I am cheap and would not spend this much on pasta.

  2. I was excited to see this, because I love pasta so much. But the price is crazy for three bags of pasta. Would be much smarter to go to a specialty store and pick out what you wanted.

  3. There is no tax on food. If your store sells three packs for $30, then you pay $30. If is ok to say the box RV is less than the box cost. You don’t have to manufacturer a positive review- being low value is common in food boxes, and good information for the consumer to know ahead of time.

    • There’s food tax in my state 🙂 and it’s high enough where it’s close to the cost of the subscription. Although I think the RV isn’t as high as I’d like the review is true to my thoughts!

    • I am not seeing a manufactured positive review.

    • We pay taxes on our food here as well. I think Nancy’s review was excellent and didn’t sound manufactured at all. She pointed out that shipping, tax, and curation get it closer to the cost of the box, but that she would like to see it increase in value.

      Good review Nancy!

    • You pay tax on food in MANY states. :/

  4. One way they could easily up the value is to include a bonus item such as a sauce, oil, bread mix, dip mix….to just get a box of pasta, idk, doesn’t thrill me (and I love pasta!).

    • Agree- this box would work better if it included all the ingredients for a great pasta MEAL! I can’t see wanting $360 worth of pasta a year. May just be me!

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