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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Gluten Free Pasta: Rustichella D'Abruzzo Organic Corn Fusilli - Product Review #50

Gluten Free Pasta: Rustichella D'Abruzzo Organic Corn Fusilli
Gluten Free Pasta: Rustichella D'Abruzzo Corn Fusilli
PRODUCT NAME:                   Organic 100% Corn Fusilli

BRAND:                                  Rustichella D’Abruzzo

COST:                                    $7.00

SIZE:                                       8.8oz

COST PER OZ:                        $0.79/oz



ORGANIC:                               YES

CERTIFICATION AGENCY:       Istituto Mediterraneo Di Certificazione

VEGAN:                                   UNKNOWN



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If you look at some of our previous reviews, you will some of our reviews of Rustichella D’Abruzzo pasta. We really enjoy their pasta, so we seek out their different varieties of gluten free pastas to enjoy. A few months back, we actually had this pasta, but just never got a chance to write a review on it. If you know this brand, you might know that it is a little difficult to find, but we managed to find it at a grocery store in Napa, CA. At $7.00 a box, it is a little pricy, but what you get is a high quality pasta.

The Italians do things a little differently too in the gluten free world. Although I am not sure if this company has made the transition to the new regulations (all companies must comply by January 1, 2010), European countries have much stricter regulations on what can have the gluten free label on its package. Namely, all items marked gluten free must contain no more than 20ppm of gluten. That’s the levels that many gluten free certification agency test to.

This organic corn fusilli is one of the best we’ve tried. The box has specific directions on how to prepare this pasta and after following it, it makes a lot of sense. The box calls for you to boil the pasta for about 5-7 minutes. Here in the studio, we are cooking on hot plates that don’t get as hot as a traditional stove, so I cooked it for about 10 minutes to get it al dente. One thing that jumped out at me, was that it says “Do not rinse.” I am not sure what the reasoning behind that is, but my best guess would be to ensure that the pasta does not fall apart when rinsing.

In the form of flavor, there isn’t much to say about it as it is just pasta, but one thing to note is that you can really taste the flavor of the corn in the pasta. It adds a hint of sweetness to the flavor of the pasta. Combine this pasta with your favorite gluten free pasta sauce, and you have the perfect gluten free meal.

Taste: Great tasting pasta with good texture that we have come to expect from Rustichella D’Abruzzo. They really know their pasta.

Labeling: The labeling is very simple yet attractive. Combined with a few Italian words I cannot read, this pasta is the real thing…Italian pasta.

Packaging: The Packaging on this is a 2 part package. The dry noodles are placed in a sealed air-tight bag that is stuffed into a recyclable paperboard box (see photo for reference).

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Texture:          5
Taste:              5
Value:             2
OVERALL:       4

Reviewed 011211 by CC

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