One of the biggest downers about going gluten-free, was pasta by a long shot. There are so many brands on the market, I thought it would be a no-brainer. However, my hopes were quickly squashed as I tried brand after brand, resulting in mushy, starchy, cloudy, inedible bowls of pasta. I tried everything, brown rice pasta, corn pasta, quinoa pasta, and every combination of grained pastas you can think of. Nothing left me satisfied. I had accepted the fact that I would be left with Asian style rice vermicelli noodles or bean thread noodles, which are delicious, but don’t translate well beyond Asian cuisine. Then a miracle happened…
I was reading a cookbook by one of my favorite gluten-free authors, Shauna James Ahern and her husband, Daniel Ahern, of the Gluten-free Girl and the Chef. They are fantastic, I highly recommend their gluten-free cookbooks. In the cookbook, they wrote that Jovial pasta is best and everyone they cook for loves it. I put my trust in the Gluten-free Girl and the Chef and went out and purchased some Jovial spaghetti and penne rigate. I will never purchase another brand of gluten-free pasta ever again!
Jovial pasta is awesome for 2 reasons. First, it has a taste and consistency that is identical to wheat pasta. I swear that someone would have a really hard time thinking this pasta was anything but regular wheat pasta. It holds it shape and takes on sauces or meats and veggies with ease. Secondly, the ingredients are: organic brown rice and water, that’s it!
Jovial Foods is based in Italy and got its start in 2010. They focus on high quality ingredients while keeping people with food intolerances in mind. Jovial Foods has a variety of products including gluten-free pastas and cookies, as well as, Einkorn (ancestral version of wheat) based products. Recently, America’s Test Kitchen evaluated the top gluten-free pasta brands and it only recommended Jovial Pasta.
You can find Jovial pasta in spaghetti, capellini, penne rigate, fusilli, caserecce, tagliatelle, and lasagna varieties. I can find Jovial pasta well stocked at Whole Foods, but I usually just buy it on Amazon, since I can get exactly what I want and qualify for free shipping.
Please don’t make another mushy, tasteless bowl of gluten-free pasta. Buy some Jovial pasta and I promise you won’t be disappointed.
Disclaimer: I am not paid or compensated in any way to review gluten-free products. I only review products that I love, use in my daily life, and feel that others can benefit from too. I cannot guarantee that you will think these products are awesome too, but it is highly unlikely.