Catelli Healthy Harvest Ancient Grains Pasta just launched in Western Canada in early 2015. It currently comes in 3 cuts – spaghetti, spaghettini and rotini. It is 100% whole grain pasta, made with 100% Canadian wheat and five ancient grains – quinoa, teff, amaranth, millet, and sorghum. These grains have funny names, but they each have their own health benefits. It’s all natural with no preservatives and GMO free certified.
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Celebrity Chef Lynn Crawford shared with us her top 10 tips for cooking Whole Grain Pasta. Some people are unsure if they should be cooking the pasta differently than white pasta. These tips will help.
- Watch your cooking time: Pasta should be cooked according to the cook time guide on the package to achieve the ideal al dente texture. For a professional twist, cut one to two minutes off the suggested cooking time, drain and finish off cooking your pasta in the sauce.
- Skip the oil: There is no need to add oil to your cooking water. Despite popular belief, this actually takes away from the pasta’s final texture and ability to adhere to the sauce. Skip the oil and embrace the starchiness of your pasta.
- Water your pasta: When cooking pasta, use a large pot. As basic as it sounds, it will make a difference in the outcome of your pasta. You will need one litre of water to about 100 grams of pasta. Using a large pot will give the pasta room to boil and help keep the noodles from sticking together.
- Think salty sea: Add a generous amount of sea salt to the boiling water to ensure your pasta is well seasoned. You may even want to taste the water before adding your pasta to make sure there is enough salt.
- Avoid rinsing: For hot pasta dishes, never rinse the pasta after cooking in order to retain the starch and enable warm sauces to better adhere to the pasta.
- Create the perfect pair: Delicate pasta shapes go well with delicate sauces, and heartier, ridged shapes pair well with richer sauces and ragus. For example, try long thin pasta, such as spaghetti, with a classic marinara sauce. Penne, ziti or rigatoni lend themselves to thicker sauces with more texture, such as a ragu Bolognese.
- Embrace the texture: Whole grain pasta has a hearty, firm texture that’s perfect for cold or chilled recipes and marinates well in tangy dressings. The firmness of the noodles also provides a good base for both crunchy and juicy fresh vegetables.
- Top it off: With a nutty, rich flavour, whole grain pasta can take on other strong, complex flavours. Ingredients that pair well with whole grain pasta include garlic, chili, anchovies, rich pesto sauces, and bitter or dark leafy greens such as kale, Swiss chard and radicchio.
- Take the heat: When preparing hot pasta recipes, keep your serving plates or bowls warm in an oven set to a low temperature until you’re ready to serve. This will ensure that your final dish stays nice and hot.
- Crank up the flavour: Whole grain pasta is an easy base on which to build a healthy and delicious meal. Incorporate a lean protein, plenty of fresh vegetables, and seasoning with big flavours in the pasta for an even more nutritious and satisfying dish.
We found that the best cooking time for the pasta was around 8 minutes to have a nice al dente texture that wasn’t too limp or too hard.
Below are 3 recipes you can check out:
Makes 4 cups (1 L)
- 2 tbsp (30 mL) olive oil
- 1 onion, finely chopped
- 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- 1⁄8 tsp (0.5 mL) chili flakes
- 1 tbsp (15 mL) tomato paste
- 1 tsp (5 mL) sugar
- 1 can (28 oz/796 mL) chopped tomatoes
- Salt and pepper
- 2 tbsp (30 mL) chopped parsley
- 2 tbsp (30 mL) chopped basil
In a large pot, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onions, garlic, and chili flakes. Cook until the onions are golden brown, about 6 minutes. Stir in the tomato paste and sugar; cook for an additional 2 minutes. Add the tomatoes and their juices. Season with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, stirring, then reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes, until the sauce thickens. Remove from heat and stir in the parsley and basil.
Makes 2 cups (500 mL)
- 3 cups (750 mL) loosely packed basil leaves
- ¼ cup (60 mL) grated Parmesan cheese
- 2 tbsp (30 mL) pine nuts, toasted
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1 cup (250 mL) extra-virgin olive oil
- Salt and pepper
In a food processor, combine the basil, Parmesan, pine nuts, garlic, and ¼ cup (60 mL) of the olive oil. Process until smooth, scraping down the sides of the bowl. With the machine running, add the remaining olive oil in a slow, steady stream until the pesto has thickened. Season with salt and pepper.
Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 8 min
- 1 pkg (340 g) Catelli® Healthy Harvest® Ancient Grains Spaghettini
- 2 cups (500 ml) snow peas, thinly sliced diagonally
- 1 cup (250 ml) shelled edamame
- 1 small English cucumber
- 2 cups (500 ml) napa cabbage, finely shredded
- 1 cup (250 ml) red pepper, cut into matchsticks
- 3 green onions, thinly sliced
- 1 ripe avocado, sliced
- 1/4 cup (60 ml) cilantro leaves
- 2 tbsp (30 ml) black sesame seeds
- 1/4 cup (60 ml) seasoned rice vinegar
- 3 tbsp (45 ml) canola oil
- 2 tbsp (30 ml) soy sauce
- 2 tbsp (30 ml) lemon juice
- 1 tsp (5 ml) lemon zest
- 2 tsp (10 ml) brown sugar
- 2 tsp (10 ml) sesame oil
- 1 tsp (5 ml) grated fresh ginger
- wasabi to taste
- Cook pasta according to package directions; drain well. Rinse under cold water until well chilled; transfer to large bowl and set aside.
- In a pot of boiling water, cook snow peas and edamame until tender-crisp. Drain and rinse under cold water until well chilled; set aside.
- Meanwhile, halve the cucumber lengthwise and use the end of a spoon to scoop and discard seeds; cut cucumber into julienne strips.
- Ginger-Wasabi Dressing: Whisk together rice vinegar, canola oil, soy sauce, lemon juice and zest, brown sugar, sesame oil and ginger. Season with wasabi to taste.
- Add cucumber, snow peas, edamame, napa cabbage, red pepper, green onions andavocado to noodles; toss with enough dressing to coat.
- Garnish with cilantro leaves and black sesame seeds.
Tip: If you have time, you can chill the noodle dish by refrigerating for 1 to 4 hours.
Per serving: 590 calories, 19 g fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 710 mg sodium,
84 g carbohydrates, 145 g fibre, 13 g sugar, 21 g protein