Tuesday, November 12, 2013

MRE Monday - Penne Pasta With Vegetable Crumbles In Spicy Tomato Sauce

We picked this one because we wanted to see if the title would fit on the page. It does.

Nutritional Information:

Serving Size: 8.0 oz.
Calories: 200
Calories from fat: 20
Total Fat: 2g or 3% DV ( Daily Value )
Cholesterol: 0mg or 0% DV
Sodium: 740mg or 31% DV
Total Carbohydrates: 32g or 11% DV
Dietary Fiber: 4g or 16% DV
Sugars: 4g
Protein: 11g
Vitamin A: 15% DV
Vitamin C: 15% DV
Calcium:  4% DV
Iron: 10%


We've had a few MREs that were pasta based, and expected a pouched variety of Chef-Boy-r-Dee.


Row, our seven year old, sampled a spoonful, chewed it for a minute, then said that he didn't like it. I asked him why, and he said " It tastes kinda funny."

If Row doesn't like it, then it's almost a guarantee that Ant won't like it either. It held true with this MRE, except that Ant was quicker to say that he didn't like it.

My Mother-in-law likes the spicy flavors, and thought that it was better than most frozen entrees. She also noted that at her age, spicy is a better.

My Sweetheart's first impression was the aroma, and it didn't start off very well. She said that she wasn't impressed with the scent. She continued to hammer the MRE because the noodles were too soft, and it had a chemical taste. I can vouch that she is a "Supertaster", because she will notice details in food flavors that aren't obvious to me. She also noted that the veggie crumbles weren't fooling her either. She did go on to add that she would put it on the B-list for MREs. This means that if a case of MREs turned up on our deserted island, then it would probably get eaten towards the end.

I thought the same thing about the noodles being too soft, and the spicy flavor was slightly noticeable towards the end. I would call it more flavorful than spicy, and it would be placed on my B-list as well.

Final Thoughts:

Worth a shot, if you like flavorful pasta dishes, and the noodles that are on the softer side. Both adults gave it a star, but it won't be one of the more sought after MREs.

Stars: * * (2)


  1. It really doesn't look too good. But when I was in the Marines, I learned you can eat whatever you get and like it. In those ancient times, there were 12 boxes of c rations in a case. The Platoon Sgt. would cut a cash open from the bottom. So you went by and picked one, just a blank box, and if you got lucky you got a good one and if you got unlucky you got pound cake and scrambled eggs. Sometimes you could trade but if not you just had to eat it. If you were really tired and hungry nobody cared what was in the can.

    1. Luckily, the rations have gotten better. B-list for these MREs, but edible, after all...hunger is the best spice.

  2. C- Rats were gone by the time I joined up but I can assure you event he MRE's have improved by leaps and bounds since those first ones came out.

    Nothing quite as bad as the dehydrated soybeef patti or the thick dried strawberry wafer. The strawberry thing especially was bad when they came back up.

    1. I'd almost, almost kinda wish I had some experience with the older MREs to be able to compare with the newer ones. Almost.