Sunday, October 12, 2008

Review: Bionaturae Pasta

First of all, my apologies for the sporadic posting over the past week or so. A busy work and school schedule meant a lot of "easy" meals for our household this week - and not a lot of time for experimenting with recipes!

However, my mother's friend introduced me to a pasta I'd never heard of before, Bionaturae. They produce both wheat and gluten-free pastas - of course we tried the gluten-free penne. It's made in Italy (promising for Italian food!), out of rice, potato and soy, and the packaging said it was a "no rinse" pasta. So far, so good!

We cooked the pasta according to the directions on the package, and we were pleasantly surprised by the color, texture and taste. (I am a fan of Tinkyada pasta, but I'll be the first to admit that it needs sauce in order to taste good). I couldn't tell the difference between the Bionaturae gluten free pasta and, say, Barilla pasta.

According to their website's purchasing page, Bionaturae pasta is available at the Honest Weight Food Co-Op and Dean's Natural Foods in Westgate Plaza - as well as other locations in Ballston Spa and Massachussetts.

We completed our meal with Bertolli pasta sauce (what, I'm not Italian), and it was very good. We'll definitely be buying more of this pasta.

Phoebe the puggle is unfortunately on a diet and could not assist in reviewing this product for us - though I am sure she would have rated it four paws out of four. :)

9 comments:

teebs84 said...

Your blog has simplified my life! I travel to the capital region 5 or 6 times a year and adhere to a strict GF diet (confirmed Celiac). The info you provide on area restaurants is fantastic! Thanks so much!

Kat said...

Teebs84, thanks for the great comment! I'm glad that you find my blog useful. :)

Ginger Carter Miller, Ph.D. said...

Just found your blog through another blogger on Twitter (mine is gfingf.blogspot.com)

Have you tried the Tinkyada pasta? I haven't read back, but having just tried the bionature, I still prefer Tinkyada. It's easier to cook and doesn't contain soy.

Kat said...

Ginger thanks for the comment!

I have tried Tinkyada pasta - we really enjoy it and I usually keep their elbows and rotini on hand. It's one of the best GF pastas I've found, but you can tell it's not "real" pasta. I didn't get as much of that with the Bionaturae which is why I said it's my new fave. :)

PS - Out of curiousity, how'd you find my blog on Twitter? Thanks! :)

LucyInDaSky said...

Wait, wait, wait...

the puggle is on a diet?!? Did she not fit into the pumpkin outfit?

Fran said...

I found Bionaturae Fusilli at Shaw's market in Connecticut! We grocery shop when we travel.
Also found Aleia's breadcrumbs there.
We are both 2nd generation Italian-American so the struggle to go gluten Free (for me) has struck to the core. We cook very traditionally.
Tinkyada pasta is very good; Bionaturae, for us, is even better.
Keep sharing! Thanks!!
Fran

Fran said...

Forgot to mention:
Italian newborns are tested for Celiac Disease, as are several other European Countries.
We'll see more imports available, is my guess, as the American market expands. The product quality, in my experience, is superior when imported.
Call me a snob but I have good Southern Italian genes in me and we are fussy about food! :-)

Kat said...

Fran, wow, thank you for the information! I didn't know that - and hopefully we'll see more and better imported gluten free items in the near future. I would LOVE to see that! :)

debby said...

Thanks for the article. I use only healthy pasta for my family.
The last few times I ordered it online at Whole And Natural.com. They have a large selection at very reasonable prices and ship fast.

Healthy Holidays to all,
Debby