Gluten-free pasta doesn't have the best reputation in the world. In most cases, I'd rather cook with gluten-free Asian noodles than a way too chewy or mushy imitation of Italian-style pasta. But Jovial brown rice pasta promised "traditional Italian taste & texture," so I thought I'd give it a try…
Jovial brown rice pasta contains two ingredients – organic brown rice flour and water – and comes in five shapes: spaghetti, capellini, penne rigate, fusilli, and caserecce. The company claims that this is the "most authentic" gluten free pasta on the market, as it's crafted by "master artisans" in Tuscany with over a century of pasta-making experience.
I don't follow a gluten-free diet, but I am health conscious and enjoy trying new foods, so I picked up two packages of the penne and fusilli. They were both surprisingly good, with a pleasant, nutty flavor and perfectly firm texture that held up well to sauces. In short, this was the best gluten-free pasta I've ever had. It also surpassed most of the whole wheat pasta I've tried, so I'll definitely be buying it again.
Have you tried Jovial brown rice pasta? What did you think? Or do you have another gluten-free pasta to recommend?
• Jovial Brown Rice Pasta
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