Wednesday, June 1, 2011

What We Like (or Don't Like) Wednesdays—Heartland Gluten-Free Pasta

This is a great gluten-free pasta. Check out Heartland Pasta and see all the different pastas they make.

Heartland Pasta

As you see they make Gluten-Free Fusilli, Penne, and Spaghetti. I have used all three (see my previous post where I used Heartland Gluten-Free Fusilli for Easy Chicken and Noodles). I honestly can’t tell any difference between this pasta and regular pasta. I do add about 1-2 minutes to the suggested cooking time of all three different pastas, and it cooks up great! My family eats it without any complaints. I have found Heartland Gluten-Free Products at Walmart and so far haven’t found it anywhere else locally. You can do a Product Locator search on their website to check your area.

Amazon does carry all three. Click the pictures to link to the product on Amazon.

Heartland Fusilli

Heartland Penne

Heartland Spaghetti

(Amazon is currently out of the spaghetti at the time of this posting, but they should be getting more in.)

I wanted to add that on the packaging there is this message: “Processed in a facility that uses wheat and egg.” People who have Celiac Disease have to be very careful about cross contamination from wheat, and I, of course, was concerned about this statement. So, I checked out their website and found their response regarding this issue. Here is what they say: “We follow the proposed rule in the Federal Register (72 FR 7295) that tests for gluten at the 20ppm level. While we do not have dedicated equipment for our Gluten Free pasta, we have a very detailed protocol in place to prevent cross contamination to ensure safety for consumption. Before we produce any Gluten Free pasta, a thorough cleaning of all equipment and surfaces occurs. In addition, several swab tests are done of primary surfaces to ensure the cleaning was done properly and safe to produce the Gluten Free pasta. The gluten level of the product is also verified to ensure that it does not exceed 20 ppm.” So, after reading that, I personally feel very safe eating this pasta.

If you need to eat gluten free and are looking for a great pasta, Heartland Gluten-Free Pastas can’t be beat.

Have a Happy Day!


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