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After a long absence from the world of pasta dishes, I saw an offer in my local supermarket for some Buitoni pasta and all of a sudden felt the need to cook a spaghetti bolognese!
Buitoni is an authentic italian pasta manufacturer. Established in 1872 the story goes Mr Buitoni pawned his wife's pearl necklace and they mortgaged two strips of land to start the business. It certainly paid off. Their range of pasta products is now sold worldwide. They have a dedication for using only "quality ingredients"- I think this can be tasted as this pasta holds its texture and doesnt have a gluey bland taste some others can. Although this is the standard (not the wholewheat) version, it tastes a little like half and half- it tastes more wholesome than a value spaghetti.
This spaghetti is made using durum wheat - the hardest of the three types of wheat that is ground down into Durum Semolina then used to make the pasta. It also contains a lot of gluten so may not be suitable for people with a gluten intolerance.
For an 80g serving of spaghetti, you will get 280 calories and 1.5g of fat. The spaghetti takes 11 minutes to cook if the instructions on the pack are followed. I do the old trick of throwing a piece of pasta against a tiled wall in the kitchen to test when it is cooked (if it sticks it is done)- I find this a reliable way to test if your pasta is ready- but similarly, a clock or biting a piece to see works too. Al dente is the way to go as no-one likes overcooked pasta...
The only drawback to this product is it took me a while to find the English translation on the pack as the pack is multilingual. It also says for 80g of pasta, add 8g of salt to cook. This seems like a lot of salt to me, normally I find a pinch of salt and a small bit of butter in the water is sufficient.
The pasta is a good, nice tasting (not gluey or tasteles- like the value brands can be) staple ingredient to have in the cupboard.
Comes in about 18inch long lengths in a pack holding 500g.
The pack is predominantly green plastic whith wheat sheafs on the front, The words Buitoni in red, and spagetti in a gold bar with green writing.
This item takes 11 minutes to cook once the water has boiled and you first drop the spaghetti into this boiling water lightly salted to give flavour a boost.
Keep stirring occasionally as this will aid the spaghetti from sticking together too much. I really hate clumpy spaghetti it is so unpleasant.
Once cooked drain well and serve with any concoction you like, my favorite is bolognaise sauce and this works well with any combo.
The taste test
Spaghetti in general is pretty samey especially from packet of dried stuff. I have to say this is one of the better ones though.
It can clog if not watched so do keep an eye on it. It tastes like spaghetti should slightly soft and wheaty.
There is a light eggyness to it but not much as it is not fresh it won't have the authentic italian feel to it.
On the whole not bad would buy it again.