Nowadays most British households consume a lot of pasta and De Cecco pasta are probably the very best dry pasta you can get in this country. The Linguine are available in most supermarkets along with one or 2 other shapes. We never buy spaghetti these days, we always buy these linguine. I know the difference is minimal in terms of shape, (the linguine are flatter and the spaghetti are rounder), but it does seem to transform a good old spag bol into something more refined and sophisticated! A packet of 500gr costs about £1.50, a little more expensive than comparable pasta but it is often on special offer for £1. (Definitely worth stocking up at that point!) The superior quality of this pasta does justify its price. Not only do they taste good but they also retain a firm "al dente" texture when cooked for 11 minutes. Of course you can serve it with your favourite past sauce. Traditionally the linguine come from Liguria and are served with clams as in "linguine alle vongole". If you want to appreciate the quality of the pasta without being distracted by too much sauce, I would suggest a simple feast of al dente linguine, a drizzle of olive oil, a little salt and black pepper and a sprinkling of parmesan. Dinner in 11 minutes tops, who needs a take-away. ( I know, I've watched Jamie too much!) De Cecco past are made in Italy and are highly rated over there too. If you ever get to shop in an Italian super market, you will be blown away by the range of pasta De Cecco actually produce and you will want to throw away your beach towel and fill your suitcase with every type of pasta imaginable! ( I actually do that, except I usually get rid of my husband's stuff...)
My friend once bought this pasta when I was in Tescos with her as she was making us tea that night. Her Italian friend had recommended it and said it was the closest thing to authentic pasta we have in the shops. I looked forward to tasting it! The linguine comes in a blue and yellow plastic wrapper and it costs £1.56 from Tescos. You can also buy this pasta from other supermarkets like Morrisons and Asda. There are also other types of pasta as well such as Fusilli and Spagetti. This type of linguine takes 11 minutes to cook and tastes best when salt has been added to the boiling water it is cooking in. It is best to time the 11 minutes from when the water is actually boiling. The individual pieces of linguine are hard to begin with as dried pasta is but soften up as soon as it goes into the water. The taste of this cooked pasta is lovely. It is far more filling than other linguine's I've tried from the supermarkets. It won't be hard enough to call it al dente after 11 minutes but it doesn't go soggy, it's just right. What I have noticed with this linguine is that I need to use slightly more than I would of another type. With other dried pastas such as spaghetti or linguine they seem to expand a lot in the water but I find this pasta doesn't expand as much as others so I put a little bit more pasta in the pan to begin with to ensure I have enough. It is more expensive than other brands of pasta but worth it if you're looking for a more filling and more authentic meal.
After being diagnosed with IBS many years ago, I found bread/ milk and pasta to trigger my symptoms so ended up avoiding these foods like the plague- despite the fact lasagne is my all time favourite food. After moving in with Mr Norton, who likes to cook pasta dishes and spaghetti based dishes quite a lot, I found we were buying pasta every month and it was always hit or miss whether I would be doubled up in agony for four hours with stomach pains after I had eaten it. Mr Norton suggested I try linguine as it is finer than spaghetti and so I found this De Cecco Linguine in Sainsburies for £1.79 a pack. This is quite pricey but I wanted to try an actual Italian branded pasta to see if this made any difference to the pain I was experiencing. De Cecco is an Italian brand who have been making pasta the same way since 1886. A quick look on their website (www.dececco.it/EN) shows this pasta has achieved loads of certificates and accreditations. There is a whole pasta community and an online shop on their site. They seem to sell loads of things such as pasta flours and some types of dried pasta I have never even heard of. You can even send someone a pasta E-Card which is a bit quirky to say the least. Despite this costing me more than I would normally have paid for a dried pasta product, it has turned out to be well worth it for me. As soon as I got the linguine home and we took it out of the pack- Mr Norton commented on how different it looked to your average Buitoni or other pasta. It is a paler yellow colour than other dried pastas generally are. Supermarket value spaghetti for instance is a honey or caramel colour in comparison to this which looks like a banana milkshake yellow. When cooked the linguine retains its pale yellow colour and is actually more like fine ribbons of pasta (flat rather than round if you look at it from the end).It is not fine like hair, it is still a decent size it is just a bit thinner than normal spaghetti. The De Cecco linguine has a great texture and this does make a big difference to a spaghetti bolognese- you can taste the difference when you eat it and it feels less heavy than a normal spaghetti. We have even used this in place of noodles in a stir fry and it has been brilliant. After buying this monthly for six months I have had no problems eating this- no attacks of IBS after i've eaten it which is great as it means I can eat my favourite pasta dishes and not be worried if i'm going to be in heaps of pain afterwards. The cooking time for this linguine is 11 minutes (you cook it like any other dried pasta- in a pan of boiling water with a little oil and a pinch of salt). Nutritionally: Per 100g 346 calories 1.5g fat (0.3g saturates) It does not state if this is per 100g cooked or per 100g dried though on either the pack or the website. The website is well worth a look of you want any more information on this product or the company. So far, I have seen De Cecco linguine plus a few other varieties of their dried pasta on sale in both Tesco and Sainsburies. I will continue to buy this as I can eat it without being in agony. It tastes smoother and lighter than other types of dried pasta I have bought (even Buitoni) and it just looks different when you have a good look at it. I would recommend this to anyone who likes pasta-it is definitely worth a try as it is just such a step up from other brands. It has made a huge difference to me. Mr Norton loves it too so its a big thumbs up from us.