Review: Catelli Gluten Free pasta + win a case of pasta!

20 Dec
Catelli Gluten Free Fusilli

Catelli Gluten Free Fusilli

Disclosure: I received a free sample box of Catelli Gluten Free pasta, in order to try the product. I did not receive any financial compensation for this post.

Although I don’t follow a gluten-free diet, as a vegetarian I’ve always related to those who also follow restricted diets. Way back in 2005, I worked with a woman who told me she had Celiac disease and that she had to avoid foods with wheat in them. It sounded simple at first, until I learned just how many products had wheat in them, she even had to avoid certain sauces as they contained wheat ingredients. As Celiac disease wasn’t very common at that time, she rarely ate in restaurants and she used to order special cookies, crackers and special pastas from the U.S. I once tried a dish she had made with rice pasta and I was not impressed with the flavour or the texture. I loved pasta (I still do) and I felt sorry for her as the rice pasta just didn’t have the flavour or texture that regular pasta had.

Back then, she had a lot of difficulty finding tasty gluten-free alternatives. Thankfully, nowadays Celiac disease and the gluten-free lifestyle have come to the forefront in the past few years. I’ve seen quite a few restaurants offering gluten-free options and there are grocery store sections dedicated to gluten-free products!

I was recently contacted by a rep from Catelli about their new Catelli Gluten Free pasta. After my bad experience with rice pasta and my excellent experiences with Catelli’s regular pasta line, something told me that they would have come up with a great product. The box arrived the following day and since I’m a design and packaging geek (I used to work in the printing industry) I immediately noticed the bold and beautiful colours they used. According to Catelli, their gluten free pasta is a “Unique 4 natural grain blend is made with the finest quality white and brown rice, corn and quinoa blended for a delicious taste and smooth texture that will surprise and delight your entire family.” Also important to note – Catelli Gluten Free pasta is produced in a dedicated gluten free facility and is certified by the Canadian Celiac Association.

I was ready to banish the bad rice pasta memories, so I decided to toss the pasta with kale sautéed in garlic and onion, along with a crumbled and pan fried vegan sausage, one of my favourite combinations. The results: Absolutely delicious. The pasta had a nice flavour and a smooth texture to it. It wasn’t exactly like regular pasta but it was pretty close! The only thing I noticed was that it crumbled up a little more than regular pasta, but that was likely due to the composition of it. The pasta didn’t feel heavy in my stomach afterwards, which was terrific too.

Catelli Gluten Free pasta with kale, garlic, onion and vegan sausage

Was it love at first sight/bite? Yes, I would definitely buy this product again. Nicely done Catelli!

To learn more about Catelli Gluten Free pasta, visit: http://www.catelli.ca/pasta/gluten-free

COUPON: Here’s a link to a special coupon to save $1 off of a box of Catelli Gluten Free pasta. https://www.websaver.ca/en_ca/portal/catelli_gluten/

CONTEST:

The fine folks at Catelli want to give one reader of Milk & Eggs a case (12 boxes!) of Catelli Gluten Free pasta! That’s right, A WHOLE CASE!

TO ENTER:

Answer the following questions in the comments section, below this post:  What’s your favourite pasta shape? What’s your favourite way to eat it?  P.S. Don’t forget to include your Twitter handle or Facebook name or blog site address so I’ll know how to reach you!

OR

Tweet your answer on Twitter, using hashtag #CatelliGF and my Twitter handle @savvari

For example: Hey @savvari, the best pasta shape is spaghetti and I love it with tomato sauce #CatelliGF

You can enter twice per day if you do both of the above!

Contest closes on Friday Dec 27 at 5 pm. The winner will be announced later that evening.

Note: You must be a resident of Canada to win. The case of Catelli Gluten Free pasta can only be mailed to a Canadian address. Good luck!

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Congrats to Fiona Thom for winning this contest!

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18 Responses to “Review: Catelli Gluten Free pasta + win a case of pasta!”

  1. fiona thom December 20, 2013 at 12:45 pm #

    We eat loads of GF pasta in our house, but I had no idea Catelli had a line!

    Favourite pasta shape is fusili.
    Favourite way to eat it is with evoo, parm and some roasted veggies tossed in. My two year old loves it!

  2. Mary Simone December 20, 2013 at 1:09 pm #

    Penne beats out all the others for me….. in a simple tomato sauce with mushrooms and spinach. Yum!

  3. Aman Ghebremeskel December 20, 2013 at 1:43 pm #

    Favourite pasta shape is Farfalle (bow-tie) and my 10 year old loves it with any white sauce.

  4. Jess (@wherejessate) December 21, 2013 at 1:18 pm #

    My favourite pasta shape is bucatini with a spicy tomato sauce!
    p.s. great giveaway :)

  5. Lat from The Experimental Cupcake December 21, 2013 at 4:06 pm #

    I love all shapes of pasta, especially penne. I usually make some homemade tomato sauce but in a pinch I’ll pick up some a la vodka or Alfredo sauce. :)

    @latleger

  6. kittypride December 21, 2013 at 7:08 pm #

    My favourite pasta shape is spiral because it holds the sauce so well :D Fuesilli

  7. MARY MOUGEOT December 21, 2013 at 11:13 pm #

    MY FAVE SHAPE IS LONG AND VERY THIN, ANY KIND OF SAUCE, RED OR WHITE, I FAVOR CAJUN STYLE.

  8. Moongazing (@JubleeW) December 23, 2013 at 1:07 pm #

    My favourite shape is Farfalle with a great spicy tomato sauce.

  9. erikakomori December 24, 2013 at 12:01 pm #

    My favourite pasta shape is Penne and I love it alla vodka! @erikakomori

  10. Andrew P December 24, 2013 at 8:25 pm #

    What’s your favourite pasta shape? Penne
    What’s your favourite way to eat it? With Creamy Garlic Sauce

    @apham17 on Twitter

  11. Andrew P December 24, 2013 at 8:29 pm #

    Tweeted – https://twitter.com/apham17/status/415654695604998144

  12. Andrew P December 25, 2013 at 11:51 am #

    What’s your favourite pasta shape? Penne
    What’s your favourite way to eat it? With Alfredo Sauce

    @apham17 on Twitter

  13. billiondollarprincesss December 25, 2013 at 2:46 pm #

    I like penne pasta and eat it with a red tomatoe sauce

  14. Andrew P December 26, 2013 at 9:54 am #

    What’s your favourite pasta shape? Penne
    What’s your favourite way to eat it? With Penne alla Vodka Sauce

    @apham17 on Twitter

  15. Andrew P December 27, 2013 at 3:47 pm #

    What’s your favourite pasta shape? Penne
    What’s your favourite way to eat it? with tomato and basil sauce

    @apham17 on Twitter

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