Spaghetti and other pasta varieties are staples of the American diet, and they’re typically one of the less-expensive items in your grocery cart.
If you’re like me, you stock up on two-pound boxes of pasta at Aldi that sell for about a buck apiece. But what do people who cook for a living have to say on the subject?
3 brands of boxed pasta worth buying
Michael Easton, chef and owner of Il Corvo Pasta in Seattle, would recommend that I shop for pasta elsewhere.
He told the INSIDER that when you buy top quality pasta noodles like the three brands on the list below, it’s easier to cook them al dente.
“They’ll typically take a little bit longer to cook because they have a higher protein content, and just a better strength and gluten development in the pasta… You can overcook them a couple minutes, and they still have beautiful texture and are absolutely al dente,” Easton said.
Here are the three brands of pasta that he recommends:
1. De Cecco
— Pasta De Cecco (@DeCecco_pasta) April 3, 2017
Price: $2.00 for one pound of spaghetti at Target
— PastaRummo (@PastaRummo) August 21, 2016
Price: $4.50 for one pound of spaghetti on Amazon
3. Rustichella D’Abruzzo
— Canteen & Supply (@Canteen_Supply) November 16, 2016
Price: $1.98 for 1.1 pounds of spaghetti on Walmart.com
I haven’t tried any of these brands yet, but when I was chatting with a friend about them earlier, we both recognized De Cecco’s packaging from either T.J. Maxx or Marshalls.
Those stores have a pretty impressive assortment of gourmet food items typically priced 20-60% below specialty stores.