Friday, July 2, 2010

Product Review : Gluten Free Pasta

As you all know, my stand mixer broke down and is being replaced.  Currently it is in route to me via UPS.  Yayy!!

Since I am too lazy and spoiled to mix by hand, I decided to try some pre-packaged gluten free foods for dinner and let people know what Shawn and I thought.  Generally I think most pre-packaged gluten free products tend to be gross and oddly textured, so I didn't have high expectations to start with.

Last nights dinner we tried Ancient Harvest Quinoa Rotelle, 8-Ounce Box

It was delicious!! 

 It was a great substitute for wheat based pasta.  It was nice to see Shawn's eyes light up as he devoured the bowl.  

I could tell right away that I would be using this pasta in some of my own recipe's from now on.  It truly was delicious and very very close to the texture of  al dente pasta.  

Hints to preparing:  I had to boil it double the time it says on the box to get the right texture (softness).  The box did not say to do so, but out of habit, I added a pinch of salt to the water.  I also drained and rinsed it (the box says only to do so if it's going to be used in a cold salad).  

We tried a local variety of Gluten Free Traditional Marinara sauce brand named Sorrisos.
It tasted homemade.  There are no preservatives.  The ingredient list reads simply: water, tomato, onion, canola oil, extra virgin olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, sugar, salt, and black pepper.  That's it!  I picked it up, read the ingredients, and said "Yes, ingredients my great grandmother would recognize as food."  This is the basis for a lot of food buying decisions we make.

Over all,  we both loved this pasta and will definitely buy it again.  

Give it a try and surprise your gluten free loved ones with a bowl of pasta!

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