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Trader Joes: Cinnamon flavored pasta: What???

macca May 4, 2014 12:46 PM

My SIL made a mac n cheese casserole nd brought it over earlier. Pretty standard recipe. Elbows, onions, cheese sauce and buttered bread crumbs. Distinct cinnamon flavor! Actually was not reaaly bad, just not expected. When she went home, she tasted the dry uncooked elbows, and they were cinnamon. Anyone els found this recently? Bought at the Saugus MA store. She is going to mention it next time she shops.

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    bear RE: macca May 4, 2014 01:13 PM

    I stopped buying TJ's dried pasta a couple of years ago because of that very thing. It really ticked me off to have that flavor in my dish without it being part of the ingredient list and noted on the front of the package. It happened a few times and I finally realized it wasn't a fluke or that it had been stored with a shipment of spices. I'm not sure if it's cinnamon, nutmeg or some other sweet spice, but it doesn't belong in pasta!

    I usually shop at the Cambridge TJ's or the Arlington MA store.

    1. letsindulge RE: macca May 4, 2014 01:15 PM

      Would pair well with a Greek-style red sauce with minced lamb. Garlic, onion, and oregano. Garnish with crumbled feta. Gonna keep my eye out for it although TJ's is not a regular stop for me.

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        Tripeler RE: letsindulge May 4, 2014 06:30 PM

        This is a great "glass half full" reply.

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          julesrules RE: letsindulge May 5, 2014 08:40 AM

          I think Pastitio (a Greek comfort food pasta dish) actually includes cinnamon.

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            macca RE: julesrules May 5, 2014 09:22 AM

            You are correct!! This was just odd as the pasta was not supposed to be a cinnamon flavored pasta, and the flavor was pronounced. It was still tasty, just unexpected!

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              julesrules RE: macca May 5, 2014 11:27 AM

              Oh of course it was odd and completely uncalled for...I was just riffing on letsindulge's recipe idea. I've never heard of cinnamon flavoured pasta and don't feel I need to try it :)

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          HeyImBack RE: macca May 5, 2014 01:21 PM

          It would make a good noodle kugel.

          1. boogiebaby RE: macca May 5, 2014 02:25 PM

            I bought the TJ pasta a couple times and couldn't figure out what the odd taste was. Didn't occur to me that it might be cinnamon. I stopped buying it for that very reason -- it gave my pasta dishes an odd flavor that I didn't want.

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              HollyDolly RE: macca May 7, 2014 11:31 AM

              Never had their pasta. H.E.B. the big grocerystore chain here in Texas makes a low gylemic pasta. I've tried it and it isn't bad,but it does have also a slight cinnamon taste or smell.it isn't really strong,but maybe the Trader Joe's is.
              They might change it if enough people should complain.

              1. Kajikit RE: macca May 8, 2014 07:20 AM

                Ick! Now if it was labelled 'cinnamon pasta' that would be one thing (maybe you could make a dessert with it...), but I can't think it would work too well in baked ziti or spaghetti!

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                  bear RE: Kajikit May 8, 2014 08:49 AM

                  It's not super strong, but it is distracting. It must sell okay anyway, though, since it's been an issue for some of us for quite a while.


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                  daviecamwats RE: macca Jun 1, 2014 12:29 PM

                  TJs dried pasta is revolting. But strangely, check out this blind taste test from four renowned New York chefs. Seems a good reason to avoid their restaurants like the plague:)


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                    pedalfaster RE: macca Jun 1, 2014 12:54 PM

                    Cinnamon is often used in savory dishes.

                    Chili and "Indian buffet" dishes come to mind.

                    Perhaps the TJ cooks thought their pasta would only be used in those applications?

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                      daviecamwats RE: pedalfaster Jun 1, 2014 01:19 PM

                      I find that rather unlikely, tbh:) I'm yet to venture to an Indian restaurant that offers ms a "Spaghetti Lamb Madras".......

                    2. greygarious RE: macca Jun 8, 2014 12:51 PM

                      I just listened to Adam Gopnik discussing seduction foods on America's Test Kitchen Radio. He said that Casanova recommended macaroni and cheese, including a little sugar and cinnamon, as the ultimate seduction entree. Maybe there's more of a pasta/cinnamon history than has been thoroughly investigated.

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                        bear RE: greygarious Jun 8, 2014 04:52 PM

                        But shouldn't it be listed in the ingredient list?

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