Some are mushy, some fall apart on your fork, and they all fall apart left over the next day. But who is the best? Leave a comment to vote for your favorite, or add another brand into the running.
#1. Le Veneziane (Corn based) – this is my favorite by far. It comes in multiple shapes, including bow ties (fettuccine is my favorite). Not only does it taste like real pasta, but it tastes almost like home-made pasta. Does not get too mushy and holds its shape well.
#2. Bionaturae (Potato based) – Runner up. Also comes in a bunch of shapes (ziti is my favorite). Tastes like real pasta and holds its shape well. Not too mushy or slimy.
#3. Quinoa Ancient Harvest (Quinoa based) – A nice bouncy texture that will hold up well in a baked pasta dish or Mac and Cheese. They have good shapes for baked pasta,like shells. No slime or mushiness.
#4. GoldBaums (Brown Rice based) – A very decent pasta, especially in its elbows and other curly shapes. A little mushier than #1 and #2 but it doesn’t have the layer of slime normally associated with brown rice based pastas. Good for a Pasta e Fagioli.
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Cooking thai rice noodles is so easy! But if you try to cook them like regular pasta they won’t come out great.
To cook rice noodles:
-Boil full pot of water
-Once water is at a rolling boil, toss in the rice noodles
-Immediately turn off the heat
-Let your noodles sit for a few minutes, then check them by twisting in a fork and pulling up a section
-The thin vermicelli-type noodles should only take 3-6 minutes tops
-the thick flat noodles(like fettuccine) will take 5-8 minutes
-When they’re done, they’ll look bouncy and will be very flexible – you’ll know.
As soon as they appear done, take them out; over cooking them will lead to mushy noodles that fall apart while you’re eating.
This is the absolute BEST pasta I have found so far. It comes in all different shapes, but the one above – Tagliatelle – is my favorite.
It can be found at Roche Brothers Market, but it’s not available everywhere. This is an Italian brand, so if you have a “little italy” near your local city, start there.
Learn more about Italians and Gluten.