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Garofalo Signature Pasta, Pasta and More Pasta!

Posted By Susan On May 25, 2010 @ 12:33 pm In Cooking,Cool Products,Italian,Pasta,Product Reviews,Quick and Easy,Recipes,Sauces, Salsas and Salad Dressings | 19 Comments

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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 [2].  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 [4] 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 [5] to find the perfect one for you.   Enjoy!

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