Domino’s Pasta Bowl

by John on May 3, 2009 · 10 comments

After a while of telling myself I would try Domino’s new pasta in a bread bowl menu item, I finally managed to pick one up the other day(ordered it on-line so I could save a dollar.  cha-ching!).   They offer chicken Carbonara, Italian Sausage Marinara, Chicken Alfredo, Pasta Primavera or Three Cheese Mac-n-Cheese.  While these are all normally delicious pastas, something about Domino’s versions scared me.  The thing that scared me most was receiving a pasta made with pizza sauce.  I ended up taking the “create your own” option, which works out because I am somewhat of a control freak.

I scrolled through the options and was actually somewhat impressed.  There seem to be a lot of options that aren’t just pizza items, but ingredients that you would actually find in a pasta.  They also give you the option of adding a “light” amount or a “normal” amount for all sauces and ingredients.  I ended up choosing a bowl with alfredo sauce, light spinach, normal “premium” chicken, and feta cheese to top it off.  After ordering from the wrong Domino’s, being told I ordered from the wrong Domino’s by the people at the wrong Domino’s, and a short drive, I was finally with my bread bowl.

What I got seemed to be about half the size of what Domino’s is advertising.  I knew that it wouldn’t look exactly the same as what I was shown, but this was a little ridiculous.  The bread bowl is thick and not shallow, leaving little room to fill with pasta.  I would say that you are looking at 80% bread bowl, 7% pasta, and 13% cheese.  Hopefully I did that math right.  If not, I’m a non-profit blogger.  Not a mathematician.  Moving on..  The bread wasn’t very tasty, and I actually ended up throwing about half of it away.  It tastes like Domino’s pizza dough which I am assuming is exactly what it is.

The amount of ingredients actually put into the bowl was very disappointing to me.  I said light spinach, but it was must have been a mystery to me that light meant 6 pieces of spinach.  The spinach you are looking at right now is all the spinach that I got.  There’s nothing mixed into the pasta.  The amount of cheese they add to these things is insane, and I never thought I would say those words in my life.  I love cheese, but there comes a point where there is TOO MUCH CHEESE.  Maybe I was stupid to add feta to something with alfredo sauce,  but I needed some kind of cheese in there and cheddar wasn’t going to cut it for me.

When inserting my fork, the first thing I noticed in this pasta was the lack of pasta.  I would estimate that I received 12 noodles.  This is slightly disheartening when you remember that these are being advertised as pasta bowls.  If this was named a “Slop of Cheesy Goodness in a Bread Bowl”, I would have to say that Domino’s is really giving you what is advertised.  I can’t confirm it, but I believe that I gained 4 pounds from this meal.

In summary, this bowl wasn’t awful.  It just wasn’t satisfying and I would probably never order it again.  It’s worth a try, and maybe one of the bowls will be better than mine.

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anonymoose May 4, 2009 at 8:52 am

i’m assuming you meant “premium CHICKEN” when you said ordered “premium children” in your pasta bowl. 😉

John May 4, 2009 at 9:00 am

Wow, good catch. Typo was corrected.

wouldibuyitagain May 4, 2009 at 8:31 pm

I don’t think that I will try this based on the third picture. Cheese jiz bomb… gross. A lot of people are saying that it is better than they thought it would be, so who knows.

John May 5, 2009 at 8:06 am

Eh, I wouldn’t really call it terrible. It just wasn’t something I would eat again. I wasn’t thrilled with the concept in the first place, but I had to give it a try.

Hazel December 15, 2009 at 6:29 pm

First I really appreciated the article because we couldn’t decide what we wanted. We opted out of the out of the non-pasta bread bowl thing tonight. I cracked up when I read the first comment about the typo relative to ‘Premium Children instead of Premium Chicken’… Brings a whole new meaning to ‘Canni-bowl-ism’…. LOL

MattyMurderousAZ™ January 3, 2010 at 7:22 pm

so you guys support the slaughter of millions of chickens?

gonohrettabernodette February 21, 2010 at 9:38 pm

Why are you complaining so much? That looks tasty! I understand the false advertisement, but that’s inevitable. I’d be happy with that order. Tons of gooey cheese and herbed bread? I’m getting hungry just looking at the pictures… food porn.

Dick Gautier September 9, 2015 at 10:30 am

what about us vegetarians?

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