I'm wondering which is the best dry pasta brand fairly widely available in Irish supermarkets.
I've never noticed a great difference myself but some brands must be better, tastier, better textured etc etc.
Barilla is very good.
Napolina is good too.
The better brands retain more bite and texture when cooked.
Very cheap brands go straight from undercooked to soggy.
De Cecco - think Superquinn stock it and others
+1 almost everyone stocks it now and it really is so much nicer.
Are these pastas very expensive then in comparison to the other brands like Roma, Dolmio etc?
I just checked a few prices on tesco.ie
All prices for 500g of penne or fusilli
Tesco Own brand 1.09
Parioli 1.69 ( Not mentioned yet, not as good as De Cecco but OK)
Napolini Bronze 2.89
De Cecco Fusilli 2.29
De Cecco Tortiglioni 1.77
The cheapest Pasta in Tesco is 1kg Trattoria for 69c.
If you are feeding a large family on a budget, the more expensive brands may not be accessible, but they are not much more expensive than Roma.
De Cecco by a country mile.
Barilla is good too.
Nearly everything else (Roma, Own brand etc) makes stodgy mush that doesn't hold a sauce properly.
For the extra 50c or whatever its well worth it.
Try to find pasta that has been made using traditional brass moulds rather than teflon. They allow the sauce to stick to the pasta whereas the pasta made from teflon moulds... well... you can guess.
Much better than even most of the "fresh" pastas available.
Napolini Bronze are made from bronze moulds. It is very good, but quite a bit more expensive.
Another vote for De Cecco, particularly the Linguine.
I must say that I am not a big fan of De Cecco and I much prefer Barilla. I just dont like the shapes of the De Cecco, like their Fusilli is wierd. But both are better than Roma muck.
On a budget I would say that Dunnes own brand pasta is actually ok.
I quite like M&S' pappardelle.
De Cecco rules though.
I think Jamie Oliver's dried pasta is pretty good. Really holds the sauce well. Although I've yet to try some of the others listed here so perhaps they are better.
But the Jamie Oliver pasta is definitely better than the standard Dolmio or Roma stuff.