Product Name: Ronzoni Healthy Harvest Whole Wheat Blend Pasta
Claim: Ronzoni says its Healthy Harvest pasta combines durum wheat semolina, wheat bran and fiber for pasta that cooks lighter than other brands and has a taste and texture the entire family will love.
Tester says: "I was a little skeptical of my wheat pasta because I was afraid it would taste thick and grainy—but I couldn't have been more wrong. It did have a taste, which surprised me at first, until I realized it tasted delicious. The flavor really added oomph to my typically boring spaghetti and sauce. I tried it without sauce, too (just a touch of butter and salt), and again it was fantastic. Plus, it was filling so I ate less‐always a good thing!"
Price: $1.99 per box
Available: Local grocery store or HealthyHarvestPasta.com
Product Name: Barilla Plus Penne
Claim: Barilla says its new line of enriched multigrain pastas provides a good source of fiber, protein and ALA omega-3 fatty acids for a nutritionally balanced meal.
Tester says: "I'm usually not much of a pasta gal, because I find I need to eat massive quantities to make any kind of dent in my appetite. So I was hoping Barilla Plus, which claims to be fortified with extra fiber and protein, would keep me full longer... and it actually did! I only needed one cup (and a little soup on the side) for a satisfying dinner. And the taste and texture were indistinguishable from regular penne, though these noodles did take a bit longer to soften up than their carbo-loaded counterparts. Just make sure to note that this is not a true whole wheat pasta, even though it is enriched with good-for-you nutrients."
Price: $1.43 per box
Available: Local grocery store or Barilla.com
Product name: De Cecco Whole Wheat Fusilli
Claim: De Cecco says its wholemeal pasta is made using its own special system that enables it to preserve all of the fiber qualities.
Tester says: "Yum! I wasn't sure how whole wheat would work in pasta, but this stuff actually tastes good. Don't expect traditional white flour pasta— the flavor is a bit nutty. It cooks up the same as regular pasta but seemed to stay slightly firmer, which is great if you're a fan of your pasta al dente. I was also excited to see that each serving has seven grams of fiber and only 1.5 grams of fat. I served it with a nice marinara that went well with the robust flavor of the pasta. No question, this will stay in my menu rotation."
Price: $1.99 per box
Available: Local grocery store or DeCeccoUSA.com