Garofalo Signature Pasta, Pasta and More Pasta!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

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Who doesn’t love pasta?  It has got to be one of the most popular and versatile foods on the planet. I know it’s my favorite!  Every ethnic culture I can think of has its own spin on how to prepare and enjoy it.  Just for fun, I did a quick Google search for pasta recipes and came up with over twelve million listings.  That, dear readers, makes for a helluva lot of pasta dishes!  And best of all, most pasta dishes can go from stovetop to tabletop in under an hour.

But, all pasta is not created equal. We all know that the success of any recipe depends on the quality of ingredients used. The kind of pasta product you use can make or break a dish.  You can find a few decent brands in the supermarket, and honestly, I often buy them.  However, when I really want to make something special and have a few extra bucks in my pocket, I head over to my Italian specialty market and splurge on the fancy imported stuff.  It truly does make a difference.

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to sample an excellent brand of imported Italian pasta that I’ve been hearing a lot about – Garofalo Signature Pasta.  The company was kind enough to send me a few different kinds to try.  Garofalo has been making pasta for over 200 years, and produces the Signature line from their headquarters in Gragnano, Italy, near the ruins of Pompeii. Gragnano is considered to be the birthplace of pasta. The company combines the art of traditional Neapolitan pasta making with modern technology to create their top quality pasta products. The pastas are made from the finest semolina wheat available, and are created using traditional bronze dies to ensure that the integrity of each cut’s texture is preserved.  They offer numerous varieties of short and long cuts, both textured and smooth, so there is something for everyone. 

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I prepared my pasta with a few very simple, basic sauces, specifically so that the pasta itself would have a chance to shine – and it definitely did.  I found that Garofalo pasta is simply one of the best I’ve ever eaten!  When cooked al dente, the pasta is firm and slightly toothsome, yet tender.  It had none of the “gumminess” that one often finds with other brands.  Even sauceless, this pasta had a wonderful flavor.

While there isn’t anyplace here on the Gulf Coast that carries the Garofalo brand of pasta, there are many retailers that carry it around the U.S., including Costco.   For a list of where you can buy it, click over to the Garofalo site and see if it ‘s available in your area.  I’ve already asked my local Italian market to stock it and hopefully, they will soon.

Below, I’ve shown the ways that I enjoyed my pasta and given you a few recipes for the sauces I used.  I’ve also given you my recipe for a fast and easy pasta salad that is not only delicious, but extremely versatile.  I made it vegetarian this time, but I often add different proteins like tuna, grilled shrimp or chicken and even beans to make it a complete meal.

If none of these recipes float your boat, I have lots more that might.  Check out the rest of SGCC’s pasta recipes to find the perfect one for you.   Enjoy!

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17 responses to Garofalo Signature Pasta, Pasta and More Pasta!

  1. On May 25, 2010 at 12:39pm, Jenn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) said...

    The Marcella Hazan’s Tomato Sauce with Onion and Butter looks divine! Sometimes I reheat pasta with tomato sauce in a little butter to make it not so dry. Delicious! :)

    Jenn

    • On May 25, 2010 at 1:47pm, Susan said...

      It is divine, Jenn! My favorite “go to” pasta sauce! 8)

  2. On May 25, 2010 at 1:33pm, jeanne dyson said...

    YUM!! There is also a real fruity, kind of fizzy (probably not the greatest quality, but good summer drinking) wine from Gragnano. I tried bringing some home from when I lived near there, but it did NOT work.
    You are making me homesick for Italy and it’s wonderful food!!

    If you like egg pasta and don’t want to take the time to make it, Fresh Market carries a brand called Cipriani, of course, from Venice. It is actually dried and on the grocery shelf, quite expensive, but REALLY good.

    Where is your Italian Market? I am craving some quality salami or soppressata..

    • On May 25, 2010 at 1:51pm, Susan said...

      Thanks for the tip, Jeanne! Fresh Market has a lot of great products like that. Wish I got up that way more often.

      The best Italian market around here is Casa Italia, on Constitution. It is right off US 41 across from the Phillippi Estate Park. You can find anything you need there. :D

  3. On May 25, 2010 at 3:31pm, Rosa said...

    Gorgeous pasta dishes! I haven’t yet eaten supper and now I’m drooling incontrolably…

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  4. On May 25, 2010 at 5:19pm, Kalyn said...

    I buy their whole wheat spaghetti at Costco, and love it.

  5. On May 25, 2010 at 5:50pm, SMITH BITES said...

    LOVE this brand Susan! And Costco’s prices just can’t be beat! Marcella’s sauce is the standard in our house – we use it as a pizza sauce as well – divine!

  6. On May 25, 2010 at 7:21pm, ingrid said...

    I’ll be honest growing up I often wished I was Italian as I thought their food better than rice and beans. I’ve have since realized the rice and beans are delicious and I was a dummy but I’m still extremely fond of Italian food, especially pasta. Thanks for passing along the info. I’ll be trying the first two recipes. I make a prett good pasta salad but will try adding in some of your herbs.
    ~ingrid

  7. On May 25, 2010 at 7:26pm, Joan Nova said...

    I checked the Garofalo site and there 2 Italian markets near me that carry the brand. I’ll have to try it. P.S.12 million listings? I’ve probably tried them all!

  8. On May 25, 2010 at 11:15pm, nina said...

    You have certainly used the pasta well, I will have to start at the top and work my way down through all these divine recipes!!

  9. On May 26, 2010 at 2:08am, Swee San said...

    Lovely pasta dishes, The salad looks so inviting!

  10. On May 26, 2010 at 11:54am, Rachel (S[d]OC) said...

    That tomato, onion, and butter sauce is really interesting. I will have to try it.

    I found Garafolo pasta at Whole Foods once. It was a nice foil for the creamy nut sauce I had on my pasta that day. When I saw the name Garafolo, I wondered if it would make witty, sarcastic remarks at me. ;-)

  11. On May 26, 2010 at 4:56pm, The Food Hunter said...

    How lucky you are…this was the pasta I ate when I was on the Amalfi coast. I even brought some back with me because we can’t get it here in Arizona. I’m glad you enjoyed it.

  12. On May 27, 2010 at 8:26am, bellini valli said...

    Lucky you to be able to try these delicious pastas Susan. Good work!!!!

  13. On October 18, 2011 at 9:44am, Belinda said...

    I tried Garofalo spaghetti for the very first time because I have been hearing so much how great tasting this pasta is and I absolutely loved them!!!! Thank you mr. Garofalo.

  14. On April 30, 2012 at 6:42am, Mark West said...

    Where can I purchase this product in either Johannesburg or Cape Town in the Republic of South Africa??

  15. On May 15, 2013 at 2:25pm, marlene said...

    where can I purchase this pasta? I had a package of casarecce pasta by garofalo and I have not idea where I purchased it. Please email me with answers…thanks

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