Pizza Hut’s New Baked Pasta, Ranked

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There’s always that one person in the group of friends who silently suffers when everyone decides to order pizza for dinner. Maybe you are that person. We get it, pizza is delicious, it’s an almost perfect food, but sometimes – especially if you eat a lot of pizza – it just doesn’t go down well. To make matters worse, the big national chain pizzerias don’t offer you a lot of choices on their menus. outside of pizza. All you get are sides (which are often bread and adjacent pizza) and sometimes wings.

Well, suffer no more because Pizza Hut offers an extensive baked pasta menu – giving hungry foodies an option substantial enough to be a complete meal in itself, perfect for those rare nights when the idea of ​​pizza seems boring. For a limited time (but who knows How? ‘Or’ What limited), Pizza Huts nationwide will offer Chicken Alfredo, vegetables, Alfredo cheese and Italian meats.

Each order comes with your choice of a whole order of breadsticks or garlic bread, so in case you can’t decide if you want pizza Where pasta, ordering pasta somehow allows you to have your cake and eat it too. We ate all four varieties of pasta and ranked them from least essential to most. Here’s the verdict, starting with the lowest of the four.

Baked pasta — Veggie

Danish Rivera
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Tasting Notes:

I love vegetarian pizza. It is fresh, fragrant, pleasantly vegetal and has a nice mouthfeel. This dish attempts to capture that magic in the form of baked pasta and it misses the mark. This baked pasta features green peppers, onions, diced tomatoes, black olives and tomato sauce on penne pasta covered in a crispy layer of baked cheese.

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All that sounds great, but unlike Pizza Hut’s vegetarian pizza (which is basically the same composition), the veggies get lost in all the cheese and sauce. You can’t really taste it, it’s a mess of flavors that collide and clash rather than come together. It has a lot to do with the sauce that Pizza Hut calls “sweet tomato” but doesn’t quite taste like either word in that phrase.

The sauce is bland and obscures the flavor of the vegetables. The only flavor that really stands out is that layer of melted parmesan cheese and lots of dried oregano.

The essential :

It’s vegetarian pizza in the form of baked pasta, but it doesn’t really work. The flavors here never congeal satisfactorily.

Baked Pasta — Cheese Alfredo

Pizza Hut Baked Pasta
Danish Rivera

Tasting Notes:

Pizza Hut’s Baked Cheesy Alfredo features two layers of baked Parmesan and oregano on a bed of penne pasta topped with alfredo sauce. There’s not a whole lot of pasta in this pasta, but the sauce actually has some flavor, so I like it better than the Veggie, although it generally seems bland.

To put a finer point, the alfredo sauce is nothing special. But it’s not too big or too garlicky like the typical pot alfredo, so it kind of exceeded my expectations. It’s cheesy and creamy, although a little too rare considering how many noodles there are. While alfredo should indeed be simple, it’s not so simple to be truly ingredient-driven (as in, you’re not tasting wonderful 24-month-old parmesan cheese or hand-extruded noodles), leaving it hopelessly Need something, anythingif not to make it more interesting.

Throw spinach and mushrooms into this stuff, and you have a nice little pasta order.

The essential :

Add a few ingredients and you have a solid pasta dish. As it comes, it’s a bit bland, but still better than the Veggie.

Baked pasta — Italian meats

Pizza Hut Baked Pasta
Danish Rivera

Tasting Notes:

The Italian Pasta with Meats solves the problem I had with the Veggie. The flavors are much more complementary here, as the herbed sausage and spicy pepperoni add some much-needed meaty flavor to this dish that wakes up that tomato sauce. You can actually taste the sweetness here.

The pasta consists of pepperoni, Italian sausage and baked cheese, with tomato sauce over penne pasta (the obsession with penne is weird – this dish should have rotini or maybe orecchiette). Like the Cheesy Alfredo, it lacks a few ingredients to be a much better dish. Add a few of those onions or peppers and you’ll add so much more flavor and freshness.

The essential :

Significantly better than Veggie Pasta, which uses the same sweet tomato sauce. A combination of these two dishes would make either better if ordering vegetarian dishes is not a concern for you.

Baked Pasta — Chicken Alfredo

Pizza Hut Baked Pasta
Danish Rivera

Tasting Notes:

Chicken Alfredo is by far the most overrated dish in the pantheon of delicious Italian food (we don’t even do it well) so it pains me to give this dish the number one spot but… it’s the only one that has the taste of not needing additional ingredients to make it good. Additional ingredients would make it even better, so feel free to add more meat, spinach, or vegetables to add more complexity.

The Hut keeps this one pretty simple, it’s just penne smothered in alfredo with chicken and a thick layer of grilled cheese. The best thing to do is to work this cheese into the pasta itself, incorporating it into the sauce and imparting a crisp, nutty parma infusion with every bite.

The subtle hints of garlic in this creamy sauce perfectly complement the top layer of oregano, and the white meat chicken bites are surprisingly tender and flavorful. My only big complaint is the ratio of cheese to sauce, the Hut weighs heavily on the former and it upsets the balance a bit.

The essential :

The best of Pizza Hut’s baked pasta dishes, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t upgrade it by adding extra ingredients to make it more substantial. Even the red pepper flakes would go a long way in turning this into something really satisfying and worth ordering when you don’t crave the deep shack dish.

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