With a parent diagnosed as coeliac and me trying to reduce the amount of gluten I consume, I have been taking steps to find items we can both enjoy. It is very difficult to go out for a meal with my Mum when there is a really small amount of dishes she can eat and until recently cooking for each other was quite difficult as we were having to have different stuff. Since I have been actively trying to lose weight, I have been taking steps to reduce my gluten intake quite dramatically and this Riso Gallo Gluten Free pasta couldn’t have come along at a better time.
My mum has been having a bad time of it lately with work stress and the loss of her best friend so I knew I had to do something to cheer her up and get her out of her house. I proposed that I would make her lunch, using the Riso Gallo Gluten Free pasta and I would make whatever she wanted with it, she just needed to tell me what.
I was sent three different types of gluten free pasta from the Riso Gallo range – the spaghetti, the fusilli and the penne. For this particular dish, I happened to use the penne but I have used both the spaghetti and fusilli in other meals for myself, my mother and my son.
Being so used to cooking with pasta that is full of gluten, I watched over the pasta carefully as I was cooking it as I wasn’t too sure when it would be cooked properly. It soon cooked through though and I added a simple pasta sauce I had thrown together and served it up to my mum, Jack and myself. My mum has eaten gluten free pasta before (but not this brand) but both Jack and I went into it not knowing what to expect.
So what were our thoughts on the pasta itself?
My mum has obviously tried a few different gluten free pastas in her time since she was diagnosed as coeliac but she was very impressed with this pasta, claiming it to be the closest she has found to the real thing. Jack wasn’t too fussed either way, in front of him he saw pasta so he ate pasta. He wolfed it down without a second thought.
I was pleasantly surprised with the Riso Gallo range to be quite honest. Gluten free products seem to have got so much better over the past couple of years – before, gluten free items used to be quite horrible and bland and it was quite obvious that they were lacking in a major ingredient. With the penne, fusilli and spaghetti, all have the same texture as pasta that contains gluten, they look the same (I mean, can you tell me the difference from pasta containing gluten and the gluten free pasta dish pictured above?) and pretty much taste the same too! I did notice a slight discrepancy in taste but I believe that was because I know it was gluten free. As I mentioned, Jack didn’t know it didn’t contain any gluten and he didn’t notice any difference at all!
Would I recommend? Certainly! With pasta often being a staple part of peoples diets that they really enjoy, this gluten free option is perfect for those with an intolerance or simply for those who are trying to cut down on gluten itself. I will definitely be buying this again in the future as will my Mum and I look forward to many more lunch dates with her – perhaps with more adventurous pasta dishes! With the pasta costing from just £1.99 per packet, its definitely worth it!
Disclaimer: I was sent these items for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.