Free From Italy – Penne Pasta
I discovered Free From Italy at The Allergy Free From Show. If you haven’t been before, I definitely suggest you check it out. Free From Italy provide quality Italian products that everyone, including people with allergies and intolerances, can enjoy. The pasta is made from corn and rice. It is gluten free and vegan.
I received my delivery of gluten free pasta and the Rice Style Legumes which I’ll do a separate review of. As someone who absolutely loves pasta, finding good quality pasta is very important to me.
First things first, packaging. The pasta comes in a cardboard box which won major brownie points from me. I really dislike bags because I find it hard to keep closing it. Boxes are easier to store and are more environmentally friendly. Also, you don’t run the risk of pouring it all over your face when you accidentally pick it from the wrong end – don’t ask haha!
One of the things I find difficult with gluten free pastas, is the weird gummy taste. Not sure if anyone else has experienced this but most of them do not taste nice.Now, this pasta did not only taste nice, it honestly tastes like normal pasta – my brother tried it and he doesn’t eat free from pasta and loved it! It didn’t have that horrible glow most of them do haha. It tasted really good. The texture took me by surprise. You will see from the picture below that it isn’t stuck together. Yes that’s right, gluten free pasta that doesn’t come out as one big pile – win 🙂
I cooked it for about 11 minutes which was perfect for me. I purposely didn’t add olive oil (which is a must with most gluten free pasta) as I wanted to see how it cooked. I was very surprised to find that it did not stick together. I had mine with a smoked turkey sauce. This translates to, ‘no more stew in the house so we need a quick sauce’ in an Nigerian household lol. Its a tomato based sauce with onion and garlic. I can do a recipe for this at some point *winks*.
I look forward to trying some of the other products in the range. Overall, I would definitely recommend the La Buona Vita pasta if you are a pasta lover like me! If you are interested, you can find it in Ocado, Whole Foods Shop and Real Foods.
Let me know your thoughts 🙂