About Pastafina

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.

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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:

Pastafina
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.

Bottom Line

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.

3 Customer Reviews for Pastafina

Average Customer Rating: 1.0
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5 stars: 0 4 stars: 0 3 stars: 0 2 stars: 0 1 stars: 3
Bottom Line: 0% would recommend it to a friend
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  • False Advertising

    • by Adolia Reich,
    • South Dakota,
    • Nov 17, 2014

    This product claims to "cook" pasta in as little as 3 minutes. The only pasta that it will cook in that are angel hair or fresh Gnocchi. The rest are at least 7 minutes. The times listed in the "cookbook" (which has 10 recipes in it and it 10 pages) are actually longer than if you cooked the pasta normally.

    I purchased this to save time in cooking pasta, not to have it take longer! The infomercial shows them cooking spaghetti and other pastas and says "in as little as 3 minutes" every time. I consider this false advertising and a scam. This product is useless.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 8 out 8 people found this review helpful

    Don't waste your money!

    • by Pippa Lee,
    • MD,
    • Mar 14, 2014

    It's easier to just make the pasta in a pot like normal. The email that I got from the company said that it would cost me 10.00, but my credit card was charged 27.90. It's a piece of crap. Don't waste your money.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 21 out 21 people found this review helpful

    most rediculous kitchen gadget of all time.

    • by Russell,
    • washington state,
    • Jan 10, 2014

    I am a Certified Executive Chef by the American Culinary Federation, a Culinary institute of America graduate "1985" this product is ridiculous, wheat flour does not cook below 212 degrees, sure you can put penne in a sink full of dirty dish water and it will get soft, but still is not cooked.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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