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Aug 3, 2011 06:14 AM

Favorite Brand of Whole Wheat Pasta?

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

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    1. re: CanadaGirl

      Barilla is excellent..never mushy

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

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      1. re: ChiliDude

        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.

        1. re: mandycat

          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.

          1. re: ChiliDude

            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.

      2. We use Delallo and really enjoy it.

        1. 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.

          1. 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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              1. re: stomachofsteel

                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.