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Old 09-23-2014, 07:41 PM   #31
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I'm with you, too! Store brand works for us.
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Old 09-23-2014, 08:35 PM   #32
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I used whatever kind of pasta until I switched to wholewheat. Some wholewheat pasta is really nasty tasting.
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Old 09-23-2014, 08:58 PM   #33
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We use mostly Barilla with an occasional box of Prince for certain shapes.

I'm one of the minority that prefers his pasta to be cooked through.
Make that two Andy. I do buy Prince Large Casserole Elbows. MB leaves an off taste in my mouth. And I buy Prince Angel Hair. MB breaks too easily. Otherwise I buy the house brand Market Basket for other shapes.
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Old 09-24-2014, 02:33 AM   #34
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DonnaVera has a nice selection.
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Old 09-24-2014, 07:07 AM   #35
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I used whatever kind of pasta until I switched to wholewheat. Some wholewheat pasta is really nasty tasting.
I'll agree on that one. I thought that I disliked whole wheat pasta until I tried the one at Trader Joe's, I really like that one.
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Old 09-24-2014, 12:40 PM   #36
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Guess those of us with no taste must unite.
I am jumping into the pool also. For me it is mostly about cost. Except for the casserole elbows.
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Old 09-24-2014, 01:09 PM   #37
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Talking about cost, a friend of mine did something odd when she was a poor student. She used to buy boxes of Kraft Dinner and throw away the packet. It was the cheapest way to buy macaroni.
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Old 09-24-2014, 03:38 PM   #38
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I'm one of those who doesn't find much difference in dried pastas.
On my second trip to Italy ten years ago I realized something I hadn't noticed before: Americans typically pile a lot more sauce on their pasta than Italians, and therefore we don't get as much of the pasta flavor. I'm not saying one way is more "right" than the other, but it might explain why we tend to not care as much about brands.

By the way, I'm kind of an inbetween type. I like more sauce on my pasta than what you see in the second photo below, but sauce isn't all I want to taste.

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Old 09-24-2014, 03:44 PM   #39
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As far as sauce, I'm closer to picture #2 than #1. However, I like meatballs with my pasta, which is very American.
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Old 09-25-2014, 02:17 PM   #40
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As far as sauce, I'm closer to picture #2 than #1. However, I like meatballs with my pasta, which is very American.
+1 and sausage as well.
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