Review: Trader Joe’s Corn Pasta
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Nov 30 2011

Review: Trader Joe’s Corn Pasta

Much to my delight, Trader Joe’s has been selling gluten-free brown rice pasta for the past few years.  On a recent trip to Trader Joe’s, I found that they have now added corn pasta to their repertoire.  The new gluten-free corn pasta comes in spirals and spaghetti shapes (or at least that is what I found in my local store).

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The pasta comes in a 1 pound package with 8 servings.  This package only served 4 of us, but maybe our servings were larger than the package intended them to be.  The first thing I noticed when cooking this pasta was that it didn’t seem to stick together while cooking like the brown rice pasta does.  The package said to cook for 8 minutes or until the pasta reaches desired consistency.  It was perfect at 8 minutes.

While my pasta was cooking, I sauteed some veggies in some olive oil & red wine to mix in with my marinara sauce.

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Once my veggies were done, I drained the pasta.  I plated the pasta and then topped with marinara, garbanzo beans & then the veggies.

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Everyone in my house likes different sauces on their pasta.  I always have a base marinara & Alfredo and then we can doctor them up as we like.  My favorite is 1/2 cup marinara heated with 1TBSP almond butter and tossed with 1/4 cup garbanzo beans.

This pasta held up well to each different version of sauce (plain marinara to heavy like, shown above).  Aaron even reheated the pasta in a frying pan with his sauce and veggies.  The pasta didn’t become mushy or gummy at all, which can be common with brown rice pasta.  The flavor was subtle and took on the flavor of the sauce that it was topped or tossed with.

I would absolutely buy this pasta again, especially if I was planning on making enough for leftovers.  It reheats well and stands up to heavier sauces.

Have you tried Trader Joe’s corn pastas?  What did you think?

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Kimberly Bouldin is a gluten-free wife, runner & blogger with two children in Columbus, Ohio. After her celiac diagnosis in 2006, she has made it her mission to embrace an entirely new approach to nutrition in a gluten-free world, exploring options that run the gamut from "made from scratch" homemade bread to sampling and reviewing the gluten-free prepared foods that are continuously being introduced to the market. While navigating the waters of becoming gluten-free, Kim shares her experiences and passes along valuable product reviews in addition to helping other moms of celiac kids develop healthy menus that are kid-friendly and palatable. Kimberly is a valuable resource for those who are newly diagnosed, as well as for the more seasoned gluten-free veterans. Follow Kim on Twitter!

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Comments

  1. Kim B says:

    Funny, my TJ’s had ziti and spirals in the corn pasta. I think it is great; we’ve had it a few times recently and it does cook and hold up well!

  2. Anne Steib says:

    Oops, I just got home from TJ, and I wish I read this before then. I prefer corn over rice. My favorite pastas are corn pasta. I will have to stop there again later this week and look.

  3. Beth Stanton says:

    Sorry, I was allergic to corn before I discovered gluten problems. So I cannot try the corn pasta.

  4. Grace says:

    I just bought the corn pasta from TJ’s. I was really happy to see that it was gluten free because I can’t eat any wheat or whole grain products. I made it last night & it was really good. Only 1 problem, 5 minutes after I ate it I vomited the entire meal. I have been sick ever since. For some reason my body rejected the corn pasta.

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