Pastafina, an As Seen on TV brand product, is a device that allows you to cook up to one pound of pasta or vegetables in as little as three minutes without making a mess. You can supposedly use the Pastafina to cook all kinds of pastas, vegetables, hot dogs and more.
Dishwasher safe or able to be cleaned with a quick rinse, Pastafina also bills itself as a healthier way to cook vegetables, as the water supposedly stays clear when you drain it out, meaning the nutrients are kept in the vegetables rather than being lost in the water, as supposedly happens when you just boil them in a pot.
How Pastafina Works
According to Chef Tony in the Pastafina promo video, Pastafina cooks pasta in minutes because it’s “unique vertical design” surrounds the pasta while using “thermal control” to maintain the perfect temperature for cooking it quickly.
To use it, you put the pasta in the glass cylinder, pour in boiling water and put the top on and wait while the pasta or vegetables cook. When the cooking is done, you take part of the top cap off, leaving a colander-like opening where you can pour the water out.
Pastafina Pricing, Shipping & Return Policies
The Pastafina sells for $10, plus $7.95 for shipping and handling for a total of $17.95. However, you are forced to accept a second Pastafina for an additional $7.95, so your minimum amount will come to $25.90. You also receive two identical recipe guides with your order.
The Pastafina comes with a 30-day money back guarantee for your purchase price, but not your shipping and handling fees. In this case, that means you would be getting less than half your money back. To return the Pastafina, send it back (on your dime) to:
400 Returns Rd.
Wallingford, CT 06494
Include your complete name, address, daytime telephone number and email address inside the return package when returning your item. Questions can be directed to customer service at 1-855-818-8296.
The only consumer reviews for Pastafina online are for the several dozen restaurants with that same name so it’s difficult to tell if this product works as advertised or not. Although the promotional video claims the Pastafina is new, similar products have been around for years, possibly decades, such as the Pasta Express from 2006. That means you can most likely find a pasta cooker like this in a store somewhere if you really want one.
Keep in mind, you would still need to boil water like you normally would in order to pour it into the Pastafina unit. Reading between the lines, essentially you are not saving any time by using the Pastafina. We'll be honest, the first time we saw the Pastafina commercial ad, it was such an impressive sales pitch (like most As Seen on TV Ads) that we even forgot to even realize that you STILL need to boil water to use the device. It may be a convenience factor only because you don't have to drain the pasta the traditional way afterwards.
On the other hand, if you think close to $26 would be worth it to pay for two of these products and you’re willing to take the risk that they may not work as advertised (and if making pasta is some kind of horrible, messy chore like the promotional video shows), you might just find the Pastafina a good fit for your kitchen.