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Favorite Brand of Whole Wheat Pasta?

DaisyM Aug 3, 2011 06:14 AM

Just tried Barilla and thought it was excellent. In my grocery store they have a limited selection of types of whole wheat pasta. Any other brands to try? Thank you!

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    CanadaGirl RE: DaisyM Aug 3, 2011 06:20 AM

    I like the brand available at Costco in Canada, called GrissPasta. The texture is excellent.

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      LAC06488 RE: CanadaGirl Aug 5, 2011 01:26 PM

      Barilla is excellent..never mushy

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      ChiliDude RE: DaisyM Aug 3, 2011 07:57 AM

      Barilla! However, my wife of 51+ years with the Italian genes will have none of the whole grain stuff.

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        mandycat RE: ChiliDude Aug 3, 2011 08:59 AM

        I'm with Mrs. ChiliDude. I still have some Garofalo whole wheat pasta that I purchased at a Costco in Arizona and it's not bad. I'm using it up in soups; if you simmer it long enough it becomes acceptable.

        But I've never found a whole wheat variety that snuggles up to sauce the way pasta should.

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          ChiliDude RE: mandycat Aug 3, 2011 11:06 AM

          OK, I'll give you that. How about this situation? Mrs. ChiliDude (chili is too 'arrabbiata' for her) says that pasta con rigati tastes different than pasta senza rigati. Me, with my non-Italian genes, says that pasta of a given brand all tastes the same rigati or not. The rigati are there to make the salsa di pomodoro adhere to the pasta. Mrs. ChiliDude does not eat pasta con rigati.

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            mandycat RE: ChiliDude Aug 6, 2011 07:38 AM

            There I must bow to Mrs. ChiliDude's superior knowledge. I had to Google "arrabbiata" and found its definition ("angry") accompanied by a picture of Lisa Simpson in a manic rage, which image will always come to mind when I put too much red pepper in my pasta sauce.

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        Philly RE: DaisyM Aug 3, 2011 10:28 AM

        We use Delallo and really enjoy it.

        1. greygarious RE: DaisyM Aug 3, 2011 10:50 AM

          Don't rule out the store brand without trying it. Here in MA, the Market Basket chain's store-label
          whole wheat pasta is better, I think, than Barilla, and of course cheaper. I am sure they don't manufacture their store brand themselves, so this pasta must appear under other names as well. At MB, the only shape choices are spaghetti and ziti. I haven't tried the latter since whole wheat pastas do tend to be gummy, especially in the tubular shapes. The spaghetti is NOT gummy or strong-tasting.

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            stomachofsteel RE: DaisyM Aug 3, 2011 05:42 PM

            Several years ago a friend who had been living in Italy for a few years made me try Bionaturae whole wheat pasta, and I've never looked back. It's more expensive but it's worth it to me -- I don't love other whole wheat pasta brands. Whole Foods carries the best selection of Bionaturae shapes I've seen, but they also have it in the natural foods section (because it's organic) of my local supermarkets. Don't know if yours will carry it if the selection is limited, but I recommend it if you see it!

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                Bada Bing RE: stomachofsteel Aug 12, 2011 12:54 PM

                I like Bionaturae, too. Can only find it at a local health foods store. It came out tops in a Cooks Illustrated taste test, and it was the only one of the top recommendations to actually be made of 100% whole wheat.

                All that said, I still go for regular pasta most of the time.

              2. chocabot RE: DaisyM Aug 4, 2011 06:28 PM

                In Canada, Molisana.

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                  CanadaGirl RE: chocabot Aug 4, 2011 06:47 PM

                  I've never noticed this brand. Where do you buy it?

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                    chocabot RE: CanadaGirl Aug 10, 2011 08:43 PM

                    i find it at a lot of grocery stores like Metro, Loblaws has the reg but i think some locations the whole wheat too. I'm pretty sure Grande Cheese and Johnvince carry it as well

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                  bte576 RE: DaisyM Aug 4, 2011 06:42 PM

                  I like the Barilla Plus "whole-grain" as well.

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                    Kelli2006 RE: bte576 Aug 4, 2011 09:00 PM

                    I buy the Barilla whole wheat pasta in the blue box.

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                    sueatmo RE: DaisyM Aug 4, 2011 07:15 PM

                    The two of us, non-Italians by heritage, but lovers of spaghetti and the occasional other pasta dish, think that Barilla tastes fine. The difference between it and regular hard durum pasta seems quite small to me.You just cook it a little longer than you would with regular pasta.

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                      Zinnia69 RE: DaisyM Aug 5, 2011 04:04 PM

                      I don't care for WW pasta - including Barilla (: However the Rummo brand imported from Italy made me a convert. Even my partner eats it! It's made from 100% durham semolina. Here in Vancouver I buy it at my local Chinese market!

                      1. greygarious RE: DaisyM Aug 6, 2011 08:21 AM

                        DaisyM, if you are after a healthier alternative to white flour pasta, there are options other than whole wheat. I really like soba (buckwheat "spaghetti"), which has a nutty flavor and doesn't have the texture problems of whole wheat. I find that it holds its shape even if accidentally overcooked. Its cons are that it costs more, and is the color of putty. It's widely available in Asian markets and even some supermarkets, and of course there are less common spaghettis made of rice, spelt, and other grains.

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                          topbanana RE: DaisyM Aug 12, 2011 01:00 PM

                          Misura brand does a nice whole wheat pasta. FWIW, I don't eat regular "white" pasta, but I much prefer whole grain spelt to whole wheat. Not sure if you're looking specifically for whole wheat or perhaps just a regular pasta alternative. If the latter, spelt is a nice option.

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