One of my go-to dinners is a hearty meat sauce with a gluten-free pasta that doesn’t go limp in the pot. As we all know, GF pasta can be temperamental and quickly wind up being a gluey mess. When I was recently approached by GoGo Quinoa to give their Super Grains Fusilli Pasta a try. I jumped at the chance to cook up one of my favorite meals and test out this new pasta.
|The brand new package of GoGo Quinoa Super Grain Fusilli Pasta|
|Super Grain Fusilli Pasta
The brand new GoGo Quinoa Super Grain Fusilli Pasta is made from sorghum flours, organic white quinoa flour, organic amaranth flour, and organic chia flour. These pastas are certified organic, gluten-free, vegan, rice free and corn free. They are also part of the NON-GMO project. GoGoQuinoa is based in Canada and most of their ingredients are imported from Bolivia.
We should all be familiar with quinoa by now, but sorghum and amaranth are just starting to gain popularity in gluten-free products. Sorghum is rich in antioxidants, very nutritious, packed with carbohydrates, fiber, iron, protein, calcium, and phosphorus. Amaranth is another naturally gluten-free grain, high in protein, and lysine (an essential amino acid). Partner these with quinoa and you pack a healthy punch!
As you can see from the nutrition panel, this pasta is higher in protein than your average gluten-free pasta. It also contains iron, potassium, and calcium. While you might be watching your carb intake, you can feel good about the other ingredients that are essential to a healthy, balanced diet.
TIME TO EAT!
I boiled up a big pot of water, added a little extra virgin olive oil, and added the Super Grain Fusilli pasta. I checked on the pasta about 5 minutes into cooking to avoid overcooking but it definitely needed more time. GoGo Quinoa suggests about 9 minutes to get the perfect al dente texture. I cooked for about 10 minutes to get the texture I prefer.
I really enjoyed this new GoGo Quinoa pasta. It was firm and didn’t turn to mush. The pasta held up to the meat sauce which is really important. No one likes when their pasta absorbs all of the sauce and gets mushy. This Super Grain pasta has a nice taste, texture, and given the excellent nutritional benefits, I would definitely buy this pasta again.
Good news! This GoGo Quinoa Super Grain pasta is launching in Costco in Northern California in mid-September. This includes San Francisco, Sacramento, San Jose, Santa Cruz (where I live) and beyond. Be sure to visit the GoGo Quinoa website for a complete list of locations and to see a full list of their other products.
GoGo Quinoa Super Grain Fusilli Pasta with Erin’s Turkey Meat Sauce
Pasta Cooking Instructions:
Bring 3-4 liters of water to a boil. Add salt if desired. When the water is boiling well, add the pasta and cook for 9 minutes for an Al Dente texture while stirring occasionally. Drain and rinse promptly with cold water. Serve immediately with your favorite sauce and condiments.
|Naked but cooked GoGoQuinoa Super Grain Fusilli Pasta|
My meat sauce has no set instructions. I usually just brown turkey meat or ground beef, throw in a bunch of garlic, basil, spinach, and other spices, and then pour in a jar of my favorite tomato sauce. I let the pot simmer for about 30 minutes (if I can wait that long) and then add to my pasta. If I have it on hand, I will top with shredded cheese and then dig in. I think I could seriously eat pasta every day and not get bored. I am sure my waistline would disagree with that life choice. ha!
|Pasta with meat sauce… DINNER!|
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