It's understandable why packet pasta is a , but when most of the ingredients are ready-made, the dish can be a little underwhelming. If you don't have time to create your own dough from scratch (who does?), there are a handful of premade pasta brands that rival the real thing.
Michael Easton, chef and owner of in Seattle, says it doesn't matter how perfectly you cook pasta—if it's poor quality, the meal will be a letdown. "If you buy better brands of dry pasta, you'll find you have a much broader window of how long you can cook them," he tells "They'll typically take a little bit longer to cook because they have a higher protein content and just a better strength and gluten development in the pasta... You can overcook them a couple minutes, and they still have beautiful texture and are absolutely al dente."
Don't waste your time—according to Easton, these are only three store-bought pasta brands worth buying:
Update your shopping lists accordingly.