Being the self-proclaimed health nut that I am, of course, I would focus my first blog entry on the benefits of whole-wheat pasta. Personally, I'm fascinated by how quickly we've taken to whole wheat as a society. And as a company, I'm even more impressed with the growth in our DeLallo Whole Wheat line. People are listening to the good they're hearing! So it's not just the devastating horror of 10 O'Clock News.
Over the last five or six years, whole wheat has taken the market by storm with everything from grainy, fiber-rich breads to nutty, oatmeal muffins, with recipes for whole-wheat this or whole-wheat that popping up in health-food media, as well as foodie media. This is a good sign, America.
As an aside, I've outlined a very brief list of the health benefits:
At DeLallo, we realized the demand for healthier, whole-grain pasta, but decided to take our time finding the right product. A huge issue with whole-wheat, as conveyed by our customers, is the gritty texture often associated with such healthy varieties. And trust me, I’ve been there. Back when whole-wheat pasta was gaining ground, it took me a long time to re-learn pasta-cooking. My first few pots of linguine came out slimy; and besides being a bit repulsive, it also didn’t mix well with my marinara. Defeated by the gooey, pasta-dish wannabe, I didn’t try whole-wheat pasta for another year.
But that’s the thing about DeLallo pasta – we get that. So we worked with our Italian mollino (miller, that is) to find whole-wheat pasta that would eat better for the consumer. Because as one customer had put it, “Does wheat pasta have to taste like dirt?” No, no it doesn’t! This got us thinking big time about what we could offer – authentic-Italian, whole-wheat pasta with a subtle nutty flavor, the texture of semolina and all the benefits of whole wheat. That couldn’t be too much to ask.
It’s just what we did, too. Really, pasta is made solely of wheat and water, so when I think of it, what we do is really something like magic. The difference is in the process, the time we take with our products. And while we could have easily stuck to the few, common cuts of pasta (spaghetti, rigatoni, penne rigate…etc), we introduced a vast line of recipe-driven cuts. Why stick to the “vanilla & chocolate” of pasta when we could do… mint chocolate chip?
We, at DeLallo, want to thank you for believing in our authentic-Italian, organic, whole-wheat pasta line just as much as we do!
Some Whole-Wheat RECIPES:
Whole-Wheat Orzo Salad with Artichokes, Spinach, Sun-dried tomatoes & Pesto
Whole-Wheat Gnocchi with Mushroom Sauce
Roasted Vegetable Whole-Wheat Lasagna
Whole-Wheat Shells with Arugula Pesto
Check our Recipes section for more ideas!