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Can only find curly noodles

I can remember a time when I could purchase a bag of flat noodles. Now every noodle on the shelf is curly. Also, when a bag said large noodles, they were LARGE (and I'm not talking about dumplings... just bigger noodles). Now it says large, but they look to be medium noodles to me.

I swear flat noodles taste different than curly ones. I prefer the flat. They would be slippery after cooking and you could suck them up like spaghetti (on steroids). I can't suck up these curly noodles.

Anybody else missing them?

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  1. I don't think I've ever seen flat egg noodles in stores. But apparently my local Walmart carries these: http://www.walmart.com/ip/Country-Pas.... It looks like they carry a few varieties of flat noodles, but most have to be purchased in bulk.

    1. I just went looking for the classic flat big noodles yesterday to serve with a 'BB'.
      I agree they are no longer available at least around here.
      Remember the size of the elbow pasta in the Kraft Diner boxes years ago? Same thing. Now the box is half full of little 'knurdles' and the cheese is.....well, as my friend says: "Maybe-cheese".
      I wonder how many million more bucks Kraft made by down-sizing the elbow pasta a few millimetres?
      Some smart cookie at the pasta manufacturer concluded that by making the once flat noodles 'curly' the noodles would take up more room in the bag. He was right. You get what looks like a nice big fat bag of noodles when the actual amount of pasta is significantly less than before.

      1. The brands I remember having growing up were Pennsylvania Dutch and Mullers, neither of which I can find today. I don't remember them being flat, but I do remember that "wide" egg noodles were, indeed, wide. Now the ones called "wide" are much narrower.

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        1. re: HeyImBack

          Muller's used to carry a LOT of pasta's/egg noodles that they no longer make. Or at least distribute here.

          Being midwest based, I use essenhaus noodles.
          Most of my groceries and butchers stock them.

          I guess xtra-wide is the old wide size.


          I also use the essenhaus chicken and beef bases and they also rock.

          Gotta love good ole' Amish style food dedication.


        2. Wow, flat noodles look so unappealing to me. Matter of fact, I avoid them. Manischewitz makes flat ones ... their MEDIUM size noodles are flat.

          Manischewitz (M) noodles ... http://www.manischewitz.com/assets/im...

          1. yes i do!

            i think the carbaphobic phase in our food history had some casualties!

            the frozen dumpling style noodles are my substitute. not the same slickness, but they'll do when the craving hits.

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            1. re: alkapal

              They have also made noodles packages 12oz instead of the former 16oz. The wide flat noodles have disappeared from all the stores near me. I buy these:


            2. found mueller's extra wide noodles, but they aren't flat -- just a slight curl.

              1. Do you specifically mean egg noodles?

                1. Well, in a pinch, you could just break apart egg fettucine or pappardelle

                  1. I have come to your rescue! While I was loitering around Walmart this weekend, waiting for prescriptions to be filled, I noticed bags of this brand on the bottom shelf in the pasta aisle:


                    The price was decent (though I don't recall what it was exactly), perhaps $2 per bag. It's also available online direct from the manufacturer at the link above.

                    I also noticed Fettuccine 'nests' under the Colavita brand. You might be able to improvise by giving the nests a good whack to shorten them down to noodle size, as suggested by another poster.

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                    1. re: RelishPDX

                      Not to steal your thunder, but I mentioned that same brand at Walmart in my first post on May 2. :)

                      1. re: gmm

                        You're right! The URL you posted was truncated, so it didn't appear when I did a word search for pasta.

                    2. We have both flat and curly noodles in Montreal. I noticed when I lived in New Jersey that I couldn't find flat noodles either. I suppose it all depends on marketing. You could always try breaking up fettuccine. Or parpadelle if you can find it.

                        1. YES! Why only curly noodles at the market? My mother always used flat noodles, and so did I for years when making tuna casserole, beef stroganoff, etc.

                          These dishes are not the same with curly noodles!

                          My guess is the curly ones make the bag look fuller, and they can get away with selling these 12 oz bags instead of 1 lb bags like they used to be. Why else would they stop making them?

                          I feel your pain! :)

                          1. I just bought a bag of Pastene fettuccini nests, which are flat noodles, but without egg.

                            I'm with you. Those curly noodles they sell don't taste like much and I avoid them.

                            1. at harris teeter yesterday i saw several versions of flat egg noodles -- a couple even an "amish" brand (wide and regular). this particular HT store had far more egg noodle selection than my regular harris teeter just about three miles away.