Whole wheat pasta to be or not to be

I have tried store bought whole wheat pasta, and the taste of car board is undeniable. Yuck. May be I am missing something. Can you recommend a brand?

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pierino
pierino August 30, 2013

The best "brand" of course is home made. There is Venetian pasta shape called bigoli. It's an extruded shape pressed through a device called a torchetto. You can substitute a meat grinder or substitute a fat, thick cut pasta. I agree with you about the cardboard taste of store bought. That said, DeCecco isn't bad as a substitute.

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DianneD
DianneD August 30, 2013

I have been using Montebello and find it quite good.

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ChefJune
ChefJune August 30, 2013

Personally, if I'm not going to eat semolina pasta, I prefer gluten free. We've been quite happy with Di Lallo (imported from Italy, sold at WFM) brown rice pasta. It doesn't get gummy and maintains its shape.

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sfmiller
sfmiller August 30, 2013

The Italian company Bionaturae has a line of organic whole wheat pastas that are, to my taste, a cut or two above the others available in US supermarkets. They scored well in a Cooks Illustrated taste test, too.

I prefer their thinner long pastas (spaghetti and linguine) to the fettucine and shapes, which seem grittier when cooked al dente.

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David
David August 30, 2013

I have to admit that since my kids are gone I've indulged myself with fresh pasta from my local Italian deli for the one or two times a week I have it. They've yet to offer a whole wheat offering during one of my visits.
I enjoyed this article though and the thoughts by Ms. Bastianich on what types of pasta dishes were best suited for the sweet nutty taste of whole wheat.
http://www.nytimes.com...

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lastnightsdinner
lastnightsdinner August 30, 2013

We really like Garofalo whole wheat pastas.

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amysarah
amysarah August 30, 2013

I'm not generally a big whole wheat pasta fan, but I've used DeCecco whole wheat spaghetti to make bigoli in salsa (Venetian dish made with anchovies and onions) and it worked well.

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bird11
bird11 August 30, 2013

Hodgson Mill is pretty good. Trader Joe's also sells a whole wheat pasta that isn't too bad.

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healthierkitchen
healthierkitchen August 31, 2013

I like Bionaturae, Garofalo and, at the higher price point, Rustichella d'Abruzzo

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healthierkitchen
healthierkitchen August 31, 2013

I also really like farro pasta

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Sujatha
Sujatha August 31, 2013

Barilla multigrain (yellow package) is not whole wheat but better IMO than regular white.

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Maedl
Maedl September 1, 2013

Whole Foods carries a farro pasta which is good, although I am not sure it is whole wheat. I have tried a pasta from Puglia that is whole wheat.I think the wheat grains are smoked before they are ground. The pasta is really good with hearty sauces--especially with rapini or other bitter greens.

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sexyLAMBCHOPx September 1, 2013

Rustichella d'Abruzzo Farro Buccatino is excellent. Agree with brown rice pasta instead of whole wheat for better texture and cooking applications.

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