Thursday, July 12, 2007

The very best pasta!

After suffering(!) with rice pasta for nearly a year I finally tasted corn pasta. I was not a fan of rice pasta at all. Corn pasta is fabulous!!!! It actually cooks up with some "bite" to it and the color is like real pasta. Previously I have only found corn pasta at Wegmans (in Western NY) or Whole Foods (way too far away). I tripped over it recently in Roma Foods. They have long carried rice pasta on a separate wooden rack. In a weak moment I was perusing the "normal pasta", I guess longing for the real thing. There I spotted the coveted corn pasta! I grabbed four packages, ran by the deli counter to thank the owner and checked out. I was so excited I went home and cooked some on my lunch hour! The owner tells me that people like the taste and texture and that "regular people" buy it. It is quite expensive but definitely worth it for me. A one pound package of spaghetti is around $7.50 and and 8 ounce package of penne will set you back $4.50. My family loves the taste of it but obviously I keep it hidden as it is a luxury item for me and they will eat Barilla that can be bought for 88 cents per pound.


Anonymous said...

I'm gluten free and live in Saratoga, too!
You can find corn pasta at Price Chopper, in the GF section.

Laurinda Halliday said...


I'm gluten free as well. I've been able to purchase corn pasta at Hannaford in the Nature's place section. Quinoa is a great brand for corn pasta. Enjoy!

Anonymous said...

I've had trouble with the corn pastas holding as well as the rice. Any time I've had leftover corn pasta it crumbles and is unusable. Any tips?

Suzanne said...

Some brands of corn pasta have interesting cooking instructions. One box says to drop the pasta in to boiling salted water, boil, stirring for 3 minutes, then cover, turn heat off and let sit for 5-7 minutes. This did result in a very nice consistent texture. I also had no problems with leftover pasta that was cooked using this method.

rdc said...

I've tried the corn pasta and consistantly had bad luck with it (mush). I've resolved to using Tinkyada brand. Using there Quick & Energy method of cooking for 2 minutes then let sit for 20 minutes, I have gotten good consistant pasta that mimics the real thing. I use the internet for bulk buying and good prices

Julie said...

Quinoa is tops! I've tried several others, the differences are minute but somehow Quinoa just sticks! =)

kidnurse said...

I'm gluten free and just discovered this site. I use Tinkyada rice pasta, all forms. It tastes, looks and cooks like wheat but without the ugly side-effects. Its the only brand I use.

Mariak said...

Saratoga Gluten Free Goods LLC has amazing gluten free/corn free bread, muffins, cookies, etc.. You can get them at four seasons or directly from them at or by calling 518 681-1707. You will love their goods! I order from them every two weeks & love everything they make!

Mariak said...

Best brand for gluten free pasta
is Tinkyada.

Hands down best gluten free crackers are Nut-Thins by Blue Diamond. You can get them at price chopper, hannaford or four seasons. Job lot in ballston spa has them for $2 a box which is half of the retail price! Every time I have company over they all reach for the nut-thins instead of the wheat crackers.

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