Like many busy parents, we find pasta is a family staple for quick and nutritious meals. The kids will happily eat it and it’s quick to prepare after a long day.
Incredibly versatile, it’s just as good in a summer pasta salad as it is in the traditional Italian pasta dishes. I’m sure Spaghetti Bolognese is a staple meal in houses up and down the UK!
Recently there has been a lot of press about going Gluten free. Gluten is a mixture of proteins found in wheat and other grains. It gives elasticity to dough and often gives the final product a chewy texture.
Unfortunately, not everybody can tolerate gluten and it can cause side effects ranging from the mild, for those who are gluten-intolerant to more serious in the case of those with Coeliac Disease.
Coeliac Disease is a disease in which the small intestine is hypersensitive to gluten, leading to difficulty in digesting food.
For suffers, eating gluten can trigger a range of symptoms from bloating and abdominal pain, to weight loss and feeling constantly tired because they are not receiving sufficient nutrients from their food.
A gluten free diet is the obvious solution.
As you might imagine, living without pasta is not an option for many and particularly for Italians. This is why Garofalo has their gluten free pasta range, only launching with a product and shapes that met the high standard of Italians following a gluten free diet.
Garofalo also considered it equally important to produce a healthy product, which in the end might even be better than normal pasta!
They have used corn flour, rice flour and quinoa and shaped the pasta through a traditional bronze die for texture.
Since many on a gluten free diet struggle to consume enough fibre, Garofalo’s gluten free pasta contains 7g of fibre per 100g.
The super food quinoa adds even more nutrients to Garofalo’s gluten free pasta; it contains fibre and minerals such as phosphorus, magnesium, iron and zinc. It is also an excellent source of vegetable protein and obviously gluten free.
Garofalo sent me a selection of their gluten free pasta to try and we opted for the linguine which the Husband whipped up in to his Bacon and Parmesan Carbonara in about 15 minutes flat.
We did not notice any difference in taste from ‘normal’ pasta although there is a slightly different texture so as a gluten free option this is great.
You could happily serve this without anyone suspecting a thing, which is always useful when you have picky eaters in the family and don’t want the faff of having to prepare two separate batches of pasta!
If you’d like to try Garofalo’s Gluten Free Pasta for yourself, I have 4 hampers to give away, each containing 6 packs of their gluten free pasta.
You can also buy the product from Ocado, Amazon or Gustalia.
Entry is via the Rafflecopter widget. Terms and conditions apply and UK entrants only. The giveaway ends at 11:59 pm on Thursday 30th June 2016.