Organic Whole-Wheat Italian Pasta from Italy

POSTED September 2, 2015

At DeLallo, we take our passion for food seriously. It wasn’t easy finding the perfect whole-wheat pasta for our brand, but we did it without blends or additives. With a semolina-like texture and a true toasty, nutty whole wheat flavor, we’ve accomplished the impossible: a pasta that is as healthy just as much as it is delicious!

We’re answering some of the most common questions we get about our whole-wheat pasta line so that you can feel confident in your pursuit of whole grain goodness.

Is eating whole-wheat pasta good for you?

One of the biggest differences between whole-wheat pasta and regular pasta is the fact that whole-wheat pasta is made with 100% whole wheat. This means that whole-wheat pasta contains all three parts of wheat grain—the bran, the germ, and the endosperm. White pasta, on the other hand, is just made with that last part, the endosperm, after a refining process. Our Organic Whole-Wheat Pasta begins as hard durum wheat from the sunny fields of Puglia—a region known as “The Breadbasket of Italy.” From there, we expertly mill our whole grains for the ideal consistency, a texture similar to that of traditional pasta. This detailed milling process creates the perfect al dente consistency, unlike many whole wheat pastas that tend to overcook and become gritty.

How do I know I’m getting 100% whole-wheat?

When you’re trying to incorporate more whole-wheat into your diet, you want to make sure that the products you’re using contain whole-wheat semolina and nothing else.

Many pasta brands use blends of grains to make up their pasta, meaning it isn’t “100% whole-wheat” but a “whole grain blend.” Don’t be fooled by brands that boast “whole grain” status without checking out the ingredient list. If the product you’re looking at lists other ingredients like additives, vitamins or minerals, or other flours without the words “whole-wheat” in front of them, then they’re not 100% whole-wheat.

At DeLallo, we believe in remaining true to our Italian food philosophy—just a few, simple, authentic ingredients make the best meals. That’s why our whole-wheat pasta only has one ingredient: whole-wheat semolina.

What are the benefits of eating whole wheat?

Whole grain foods like whole-wheat pasta have higher percentages of key nutrients like iron, dietary fiber, folate, magnesium, and vitamin A. They also reduce health risks like heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and strokes when regularly incorporated into one’s diet.

Because DeLallo Whole-Wheat Pasta is 100% whole-wheat, you’re getting the benefits of these whole grains in every bowl.

What makes DeLallo whole-wheat pasta different?

We know that choosing the perfect cut of pasta for your recipes is important. That’s why we offer over 15 organic whole-wheat cuts for your dishes. From orzo to spaghetti, we’ve got you covered. Your pursuit for more whole grains shouldn’t be boring.

We also form our whole-wheat pasta in a unique way; it’s extruded with bronze plates, a traditional method of pasta-making that gives each noodle a rougher surface to hug your sauces. The more popular method of pasta extrusion is to use Teflon, or plastic, because it results in a higher volume of production, meaning more cost efficiency. But this creates a smoother pasta, lacking that superior texture. You’ll taste and feel the difference in our whole-wheat pasta cuts.

How can I use whole wheat pasta?

Ah, the delicious million dollar question! If you’re looking for recipes that use whole-wheat pasta, here are some options:

Recipe: Vegan Italian Pasta Salad
Recipe: Garden Greek Hummus Pasta
Recipe: Skinny Creamy San Marzano Tomato Sauce
Recipe: Zucchini Parmesan Pasta
Recipe: Greek Mac and Cheese
Recipe: Asparagus Cacio E Pepe

Need some more inspiration? Check our gallery of recipes!