Maggi’s new line of instant noodles are inspired by Italian flavours.
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Have you seen these new ‘Italian’ flavours of Maggi Noodles in stores? They are inspired by the two most classic pasta dishes, a red tomato-based sauce and a fragrant garlicky aglio olio.
We got to try both, which are actually part of Maggi’s new range of healthier instant noodles, Nutri-licious. Will it really taste like pasta? Let’s find out.
The Taste Test
For the Aglio Olio flavour, it does stay true to its theme of garlicky and herby. There’s real crushed chili flakes in the packet as well for a bit of extra tickle.
It’s not extraordinarily spicy like aglio olio you can get at other restaurants, but there is a hint of dried chili heat that builds up. Kids who are able to handle a little bit of spice would probably enjoy this, but it’s definitely not non-spicy.
As for the Tomato Delight flavour, it’s really tomato-ey as it comes with actual tomato paste, not powder. It’s more like the thicker and acidic tomato sauce used in Italian dishes than the mild, light, and sweet Asian-style tomato sauce.
It’s quite tangy, but it would probaly work in a pinch for kids who really like tomato-based pasta dishes.
According to Maggi, the noodles in this Nutri-licous line is made with whole grain wheat flour from Australia. It still retains the a similar shape and size as usual Maggi noodles, but it’s definitely springier in texture.
However, it’s still instant noodles, not pasta noodles. If you’re a bit of a purist when it comes to pasta, you might find the combination to be rather strange. Still, if you’re open to try it, the springy noodles actually have a great mouthfeel.
The noodle flavours are pretty decent on its own, though its flavour is greatly improved with additional fresh ingredients, such as cherry tomatoes, mushrooms, garlic, or fresh herbs.
Of course, if you are the kind of person to make pasta sauces from scratch, then you would probably already have your own fast and easy pasta recipes with these fresh ingredients anyway.
However, these are quite good as an instant noodle and a quick meal on particularly busy days. It’s slightly more expensive than the usual Maggi noodles at about RM8+ for a pack of 5, but cheaper than buying your own pasta noodles and canned pasta sauce.
Anne is an advocate of sustainable living and the circular economy, and has managed to mum-nag the team into using reusable containers to tapau food. She is also a proud parent of 4 cats and 1 rabbit.