Countdown at Whole Foods Market, New Food Stuffs Tried # 105

Whole-Grain Pasta

I usually buy regular, “white” Ronzoni pasta. I once tried Ronzoni’s Healthy Harvest whole-wheat pasta and the end result tasted like cardboard mush. But seeing as though I just made a resolution, I decided to see if there was a new brand I would actually like and rank it. 1 to 10 (10 being the best).

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Whole Foods Brand Organic Fettuccine
The Verdict: 7

Appearance: Extremely good looking — not a brown, grainy strand in the bunch
Flavor: Tastes like “normal” white pasta but with a more substantial flavor
Texture: cooks to a perfect al dente
Cost: Cheap ($1.99) and enough to last the week
Health: It’s made with 100% organic durum wheat. I didn’t know if durum was the same as whole-wheat, good for you, or a typo on the pasta box so I checked the Epicurious food dictionary. Gathered: It’s high in gluten, high in protein, and excellent for making pasta. The pasta loses a few points in calories and carbs. Per 1/4 cup (uncooked): 200 cal and 42g of carbs
Recommendation: Try the pasta with a simple chunky tomato basil sauce and some freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano.
My Resolution Stats: 1 new food stuff tried, 104 more to go
Final Verdict: I recommend this product for those who are looking for healthy, wheat pasta and are not watching their caloric intake.

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