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Cooking Whole Wheat Pasta

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Cooking Whole Wheat Pasta


Whole wheat pasta offers up optimum nutrition and has a rich, nutty flavor that stands up to robust sauces. New versions are much smoother and lighter than older versions, making it much easier and more enjoyable to get the benefits of whole wheat pasta.

If you're new to using it and your first experience doesn't meet your expectations, try another brand before giving up on this wholesome pasta choice.

Good Housekeeping did a "taste test" on whole wheat pasta. Out of 19 samples of cooked, dried 100 percent whole wheat, wheat blended or multigrain penne, the winner was Bella Terra Whole Wheat Penne Pasta. It is said to have a very nice texture with a taste very much like white pasta.

We've also had people tell us they truly like Wal-Marts brand of whole wheat pasta, so it truly is a matter of personal taste and preference. That's why we suggest trying different brands if one doesn't tantalize your taste buds.

Tips For Cooking Whole Wheat Pasta

  • The trick to cooking whole-wheat pasta is to cook it for the full time recommended.
  • Unlike many conventional types of pasta, which need to be pulled off the fire minutes before the directions suggest, whole-wheat pasta needs to be fully cooked before you drain it. And the stubby pasta shapes benefit from staying in the water for one minute after you've removed the pan from the stove. Then drain immediately.
  • Don't rinse your pasta after it's been drained. You'll risk losing the flavorful starches that will help your sauces cling to it later.
  • Whole wheat pasta matches well with assertive garlic, tomatoes, capers, and tangy cheese, as well as with hearty cabbage and sausage.

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