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Jul 25, 2008 07:54 AM

Whole Wheat pasta best recipes

I want to incorporate more whole wheat pasta into meals, but my boyfriend is a pasta purist and in general isn't crazy about switching over often. Just wondering if you might share any whole wheat pasta recipes that are "better" with whole wheat than traditional that he might enjoy....

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  1. Have you tried soba (Japanese buckwheat) noodles? They are very tasty with a Thai-style peanut butter dressing. I did this the other day with a couple spoonfuls of crunchy pb, some soy sauce, sesame oil, and chopped snap peas. Good served cold too.

    Also, if you're making a very sauce-heavy pasta dish, especially tomato sauce, it should cover the taste of the whole wheat noodles.

    1. For an Italian version: stick with stronger flavoured sauces like puttanesca (tomatoes, capers, garlic, olives, anchovies), norma (tomatoes, garlic, eggplant) or something with sausage, tomatoes & peppers. There's also a very rich pasta dish they eat in the alps called "pizzoccheri" that uses buckwheat pasta. It includes: butter, sage, parmigiano cheese (lots), fontina cheese (lots), potatoes, garlic, and greens (usually swiss chard or leafy green cabbage).

      For an asian version, i used to buy a yummy soba noodle salad from whole foods that included: red peppers, mushrooms, fresh red chile, tofu, sesame seeds, cilantro, chives, garlic, ginger, sesame oil & soy sauce. seemed to really work well with the whole wheat flavour.

      1. I don't have any recipes in particular that are "better", as I rarely use regular pasta anymore. But I can mention that when we started using WW pasta, we would slowly incorporate it in. For a 2 oz serving, we would use 1 oz regular and 1 oz WW. Now all we eat is WW and no one misses the old stuff.

        I do agree with the above as well, that tomato based sauces cover the initial taste difference quite well.

        1. Try Barilla Whole Grain pasta ... it's 51% whole wheat as opposed to 100%. That 49% difference makes this pasta appealing even to those who dislike whole wheat. Best of all, you're getting the benefits of eating whole wheat and *all* sauces are well accepted by this pasta.

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          1. I like the nutty taste of ww pasta with pesto and vegis--asparagus, mushrooms, zucchin, parm chese. Good hot or as a pasta salad.