The Pitch: "A revolutionary new microwaveable cooker for pasta."
April 2009. According to the manufacturer, the Fasta Pasta microwave cooker will cook all kinds of pasta to al dente perfection in less time than the conventional stovetop method -- without boiling over or causing pasta to stick. And according to reviewers, this is one as-seen-on-TV gadget that really does work as advertised on the Fasta Pasta infomercials. The rectangular plastic container features a detachable lid with measuring holes on one end and a strainer on the other.
In reviews, the majority of users uniformly praise the Fasta Pasta microwave cooker, saying it does exactly what the manufacturer claims. They agree the Fasta Pasta is affordable, easy to use, and love that they don't have to boil water on the stovetop. Not all who try the Fasta Pasta cooker are completely thrilled, however. Some reviewers complain that the Fasta Pasta boils over during the cooking process (something the manufacturer says can be avoided as long as you don't cook with the lid on) or that the pasta sticks together and doesn't taste as fresh as when cooked on the stovetop. A few users say the measuring grids on the Fasta Pasta are hard to read and that the container does not fit in all microwaves. But on the balance, owners say this gadget is a time saver; we found fewer negative reviews for the Fasta Pasta than for many infomercial products.
Many online retail sites, including Amazon.com, Cooking.com and QVC.com, feature a diverse amount of consumer feedback, comprising mainly of positive reviews of the Fasta Pasta. Testers weigh in on other sites, such as, OurFamilyLikes.com, CNET and AssociatedContent.com. Meanwhile, chef and barbeque sauce pitchman Jack Scalfani offers a video review of the Fasta Pasta on TheBestSauces.com.
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More than 85 people review the Fasta Pasta, and the overwhelming majority give it a perfect five-star rating, saying it cooks pasta quickly and easily. Many say the instructions are simple, the container strong and easy to store. Other reviewers say they like the fact that you can strain and rinse the pasta in the same container. Some negative reviews note that it's hard to cook for a large crowd since you can only cook up to four pasta servings at one time. They also say the water-measurement lines are a bit difficult to see when water and pasta are added to the cooker, which can affect the consistency of the pasta.
Review: Fasta Pasta The Microwave Cooker, Contributors to Amazon.com
A handful of consumers comment on the Fasta Pasta microwave cooker, and all of them say they would purchase the product again. A couple users say the device cooks pasta "perfectly," although one person notes that the Fasta Pasta isn't big enough to cook enough food for large groups.
Review: Pasta Cooker by Fasta Pasta, Contributors to Cooking.com
This anonymous review augments its step-by-step review of the Fasta Pasta microwave cooker with several large photos of the product in use. The reviewer praises the space-saving design and ease of use, particularly the built-in portion guide and strainer. The writer also offers some tips for use. The verdict? "For only about $10, Fasta Pasta is well worth it - it's ease of use and simplicity make it much more valuable than that."
Review: Review of Fasta Pasta Microwave Cooker, Editors of OurFamilyLikes.com, March 9, 2009
This instructional video features Jack Scalfani, barbeque sauce pitchman and host of the web show "Cooking with Jack." Scalfani walks viewers through the process of using the Fasta Pasta, explaining clearly how to measure portions, cook pasta and drain it. After testing the product, Scalfani declares that the Fasta Pasta makes perfect portions based on the instructions. After trying the pasta, he says its "flawless" with just enough thickness and it is a "winner."
Review: Fasta Pasta -- Product Review, Jack Scalfani, July 7, 2008
Thursday Bram, a member of the CNET Blog Network, explains how to use the Fasta Pasta but it is unclear if she actually tries the product. Bram says the product is ideal for settings where cooking options are limited to a microwave, such as a college dorm room or on a boat or RV. She says the cooker is "reasonably priced."
Review: More Pasta, 'Fasta', Thursday Bram, October 9, 2008
Nearly 320 users rate the Fasta Pasta microwave cooker, and the overwhelming majority are pleased with the product. Owners say the directions are easy to follow, and the device is a great addition to any kitchen, especially for the elderly who have trouble lifting heavy pots. Other users say the pasta cooks to perfection and it is great for during the summer when you do not want to turn on the stove. Among the few complaints that users cite: pasta sometimes sticks and tastes rubbery, the water boils over, and the lid does not always stay on.
Review: Set of 2 Fasta Pasta Microwave Pasta Cookers, Contributors to QVC.com
After several uses, reviewer Mark Whittington says the Fasta Pasta microwave cooker is an exemplary" product that works as advertised. He says the Fasta Pasta is more convenient and less messy that cooking pasta by boiling it in a pot and then draining in a colander. Whittington also mentions a few cautionary points, such as not overloading the container with pasta, and notes that the measuring grid marks are hard to read.
Review: Fasta Pasta Microwave Cooker Product Review, Mark Whittington, Dec. 21, 2009