I need help in finding a gluten-free pasta that can truly “pass” for the traditional Italian pasta that my family loves. According to the National Pasta Association, the average American eats about 20 pounds of pasta per year. While this is peanuts compared to the 60 pounds per year eaten by Italians, it still makes pasta the sixth highest food consumed per capita in the US. Six billion pounds of pasta eaten every year in the US is a whole lot of pasta – and a growing percentage is eaten in one of its gluten-free forms.But, here’s the rub. I’ve been experimenting with a lot of different gluten-free pasta brands like Bionaturae, Schar, Jovial, Ancient Harvest, and Tinkyada – and despite the promises on the box or bag, none of them so far has been able to fool my family. Don’t get me wrong – if my guys are hungry (and they usually are) – they will eat almost anything I make with a smile. However, each time I substitute a new brand of gluten-free pasta for the Delverde, De Cecco, or Barilla brands that we usually enjoy, they “know” that something is different.
So maybe I haven’t found the right brand yet. What kind of gluten-free pasta can fool your family?