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recommednations for whole wheat pasta

Anyone have a recomendation for good whole wheat penne? I tried my usual favorite supermarket brand De Cecco's whole wheat penne but it was just nasty and had a weird texture.

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    1. I like the Barilla plus pasta - not too grainy or heavy. I think I actually served it to my in-laws without them noticing.

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      1. re: cyberroo

        I thought whole wheat pasta might be too "earthy", but Barilla was certainly whole-wheat pasta for whole-wheat-ophobes. I liked it.

        I'm not convinced that anything stronger really belongs in the Italian cuisine we're accustomed to, but maybe it opens a door for fusion ... Barilla or something stronger in place of soba, maybe?

        1. re: cyberroo

          I love the Barilla plus. Every so often I overcook it and ruin it for someone else, but I generally love it.
          The penne and rotelle are particularly good, and aren't as easy to overcook.
          They are my saving grace in the world of pasta.

          1. re: cyberroo

            I find found that many people who dint like wholewheat, do like the earthiness of the Barilla whole grain pasta. I bought some of Trader Joe's whole wheat pasta during my last foray to their store, and it wasn't overly strong, but it did take forever to cook. On the plus side, I doubt you can over-cook it.

            1. re: Kelli2006

              TJ's is a favorite in our house. Both the penne and spaghetti. It definitely can't be overcooked. I like the texture that it adds..

            2. re: cyberroo

              The Barilla plus is my favorite too. Lovely texture, good flavor.

              The TJ's version isn't quite as good, but it's certainly passable.

            3. I really like Heartland brand ww penne. It's very inexpensive and I get it at Supercenter Walmart. I find if you just barely overcook all whole grain pastas, the texture gets better.

              1. when i could eat it, i was a big fan of Bob's Red Mill. it has a nice nutty-ish flavor, and good source of fiber and protein for a pasta.