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Old 01-16-2019, 09:20 PM   #1
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Dried pasta

Our local supermarket sells 4 brands of dried pasta. I usually go for the cheapest, but always wondered if that was a mistake. Is there a difference between the brands? Does one taste better than the other?

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My favourite brand is Bionaturae. It's from Italy and it's so good that I have to stop myself from munching too much of it while it's draining in the colander.
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I buy whatever brand is on sale at Kroger, and sometimes the store brand. I also occasionally buy unusual shapes imported from Italy at TJ Maxx. I've never noticed a difference in flavor, except that the different shapes have a different mouth feel.
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I've never noticed any difference in dried pasta brands. I made spaghetti today and had Barilla brand in the pantry, so that's what I used. I've also used store brands. IMO, dried pasta is dried pasta and it's more about the sauce.
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I asked this a few days ago, heheh. Is pasta not pasta? Some say to try each and decide for yourself.

Question: Can one cook up a batch of spaghetti just right for freezing and store it?
I only ask this for convenience sakes. I have frozen meat sauce. Can spaghetti be cooked up and frozen up too, just for convenience sakes ? I have the perfect flat round Rubbermaid containers to put it in.
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I asked this a few days ago, heheh. Is pasta not pasta? Some say to try each and decide for yourself.

Question: Can one cook up a batch of spaghetti just right for freezing and store it?
I only ask this for convenience sakes. I have frozen meat sauce. Can spaghetti be cooked up and frozen up too, just for convenience sakes ? I have the perfect flat round Rubbermaid containers to put it in.
Good question, Caslon! I’m really bad at judging how much pasta to make and often end up with too much. I’ve refrigerated pasta, but it’s usually sauced. It heats up really well.

Perhaps if you vacuum packed it, it would freeze well? Anybody?
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I've never noticed any difference in dried pasta brands. I made spaghetti today and had Barilla brand in the pantry, so that's what I used. I've also used store brands. IMO, dried pasta is dried pasta and it's more about the sauce.
That’s pretty much how I feel, Cheryl. I’ve never made pasta and thought “Wow! This is lots better than the pasta I usually use,” or “Yuch, I’m never buying THIS pasta again!”
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I buy whatever brand is on sale at Kroger, and sometimes the store brand. I also occasionally buy unusual shapes imported from Italy at TJ Maxx. I've never noticed a difference in flavor, except that the different shapes have a different mouth feel.
The shape is certainly important, GG. Some shapes hold the sauce better. And Mark doesn’t like spaghetti, fettuccine, or any other “long” pasta; he claims it’s hard to eat! I read an article just the other day about matching the pasta to the sauce.
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My favourite brand is Bionaturae. It's from Italy and it's so good that I have to stop myself from munching too much of it while it's draining in the colander.
I don’t think I’ve ever seen that brand at Smith’s or Albertsons. I’ll have to keep an eye out for it!
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I have only ever bought the whole grain Bionaturae, but they do make white flour pasta. I started buying imported Italian pasta because so much domestic whole grain pasta is unpleasant. I have always had good luck with the imported Italian stuff, but the Bionaturae is my favourite.
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