I’d like to start this journey into the little-discussed world of plastic-borne Germanic pastas with that bearing the term ‘Italian style’.
Lidl itself does not put this in inverted commas – and for excellent reason. I don’t think the Italians could truly have too much to grumble about with this use of terminology. I mean, you’re thinking; 69p (30% off), a good amount of pasta salad in a tub, how good could that be? The answer is quite.
It’s plastic pasta with body, aroma and the ability not to make you think about killing yourself while eating it. This is a rare thing indeed within its genre.
On the other hand, the chicken and bacon Lidl Meadowfresh salad is absolute utter bilge. It is a one-way ticket to sweet mayonaisey hell; the worst dessert ever. The mature cheddar cheese version is slightly better, but far from enough so for me to encourage its eating.
Ultimately, Lidl have really confused me with this line of goods.
LIDL MEADOWFRESH ITALIAN STYLE PASTA SALAD: 7/10
LIDL MEADOWFRESH CHICKEN AND BACON PASTA SALAD: 1/10
LIDL MEADOWFRESH CHEDDAR CHEESE PASTA SALAD: 3/10