The runaway favorite of our testers, this buttery, smooth pasta is most like a wheat-flour pasta. It cooks up well, but give it a bit more attention and stirring. It’s especially good with a marinara sauce or in a baked pasta dish.
The best: Ancient Harvest Veggie Curls
This pasta’s interesting vegetable flavors, slightly chewy texture, and beautiful tricolors make it the perfect choice for a cold salad with lots of veggies drizzled with a great Italian dressing. It’s also liked among kids.
The best: Trader Joe’s Organic Black Bean Rotini
Pasta is the new black! Its unusual, earthy flavor and substantial texture make it a nice surprise. It’s also a bit more filling than other pastas. Cooked al dente, it holds up well with savory flavors like shrimp with a spicy Fra Diavolo sauce.
The worst: Heartland Corn and Rice Blend Spaghetti
“Pretty bland,” “chewy,” and “a little gummy” were the comments about this corn blend, which is apt to fall apart and get mushy in cooking. Not the best gluten-free choice.
The worst: Now Foods Quinoa and Rice Penne
“Bitter” and “mushy,” our testers said. And while it’s a healthy choice, its palatability rating is in the basement. Maybe quinoa doesn’t belong in pasta form?