Today I am going to talk about pasta. To be more specific I’m going to talk about gluten-free noodles. For this post I tried Olive Garden’s gluten-free Rotini, Ancient Harvest gluten-free quinoa pasta and Trader Joe’s gluten-free pasta. Because two of my pastas are just noodles and the third is pasta and sauce I am going to add the price of marinara sauce in the price evaluation.
My first noodles are Olive Garden’s gluten-free Rotini. These noodles are served with marinara and they taste pretty good. The noodles taste just like regular noodles and so for taste they get a 10 out of 10. For texture I gave them a seven out of 10. Most of the noodles were okay but some of them were a bit mushy, and that’s not ideal when it comes to pasta. At $9.99 the pasta is a little pricey for plain noodles and marinara sauce, but the price isn’t too bad compared to Olive Garden’s similar menu items so they get a seven out of 10. This pasta is served at all olive gardens and they have the same noodles with another sauce so for availability I gave it a 10 out of 10.
The Ancient Harvest gluten-free quinoa pasta tasted a little bitter compared to traditional noodles but they still tasted pretty good so I gave them a six out of 10 for taste. The noodles were also a little bit grainy so they get a seven out of 10 for texture. These noodles cost $3.29, but when you add the price of sauce it comes to a total of about $6. This price also includes multiple servings so I gave them a nine out of 10. I found the noodles pretty easily at Publix and they have a couple different variations so for availability I gave them a 10 out of 10.
My last noodles are Trader Joe’s gluten-free noodles. These noodles tasted really good. They tasted just like regular noodles so they get a 10 out of 10. The texture of these noodles was really great too. They cooked well and they were not mushy or grainy so they get a 10 out of 10 for texture too. These noodles cost pretty about the same amount as traditional noodles at $1.99. With sauce the price comes to about $4.50, which is pretty great for those of us with a low budget, so they get a 10 out of 10. I just found these noodles for the first time, and they were a little hard to find at Trader Joe’s because they were mixed in with all of the other noodles. They don’t have any other varieties either so for availability they get a seven out of 10.
For the grand total we have Trader Joe’s gluten-free noodles with 37 out of 40 points, Olive Garden’s gluten-free rotini comes in second with 34 out of 40, and Ancient Harvest gluten-free quinoa noodles come in third with 32 out of 40 points.