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Store bought dry pasta.

I've seen a few posts on here before about dry pasta and a lot of folks seem to just prefer what's on sale. We normally buy what Costco carries. But, I tried an organic pasta (Amish Natural) a few weeks ago and fell pretty hard for it.

My questions are: Has anybody else tried it? Did you have the same reaction or am I fooling myself about it being that much better? Are there any other brands you can recommend?

Thanks.

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  1. Before artisanal pasta, I grew up on Ronzoni. I've tried all different brands, and I always like unusual ones, but Ronzoni is the default pasta.

    1. I grew up on Prince.

      I buy Barilla now, but have heard DeCecca is really good. I tried it and it seems a bit better.

      I do feel that dry pasta, is more about cooking it al dente than the brand. But, I don't buy the cheap stuff, so I may be way off here.

      Thanks for the tip on Costco though, I'll give it a try.

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      1. re: mcel215

        DeCecco is my default pasta, and I do like it better than Barilla, though it's been awhile since I've used the latter. I do sometimes splurge and buy artisanal pastas (made it Italy) that I do think have a nicer "chew"/texture to them. But it's usually about $5.00 for 500 grams. I believe that Ronzoni did very well (maybe won?) an ATK test, but I don't really like it, and rarely agree w/ ATK generally.

      2. Widely available, DeCecco is one of the best around. With gas at $4+ dollars a gallon , I go with Trader Joe's, Whole Foods 365, and the ubiquitous Barilla in a pinch.
        As mentioned much has to do with the cooking . Al dente is preferred for most uses, and if unnattended one can pass this stage quickly........have experimented with a couple store brands and the ones I tried were garbage.....have not tried Costco's, but if its made with Durum wheat/semolina and there is nothing else indescribable in the ingredients.....I'd go with price point unless I wanted to splurge.

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        1. re: Saddleoflamb

          I just saw DeCecco for two boxes for $5.00 at Whole Foods in NYC - as if that were a great price - but I can usually get it for $1.99 at other markets. I noticed that the artisanal brands that they carry are now almost $7.00.

          1. re: MMRuth

            Yup, De Cecco for the win, definitely. It recently went up from less than a pound to £1.20, though I think all pasta has increased in price. It's less than a euro a packet in Italy. :-(

        2. DeCecco is my favorite of the supermarket brands. Always cooks up well and tastes great. Don't care for barilla. their shapes are so small.

          1. I can't find DeCecco pasta at my grocery store, here in the Boston area.

            But, of all places bought a box while shopping at Christmas Tree Shop. I thought it was some odd brand as I hadn't seen it before. Lo and behold, I was shopping the the North End, and there it was, lol.

            Glad everyone rated it above barilla, thanks.

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            1. re: mcel215

              the Stop and Shop on McGrath highway has DeCecco for very good prices. Not sure about other outlets in this chain.