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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.