Whole Durum Wheat Pac Macs (Paccheri)

MADE BY BAIA PASTA IN OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA

REAL SIMPLE SAYS...

"Since it’s whole-grain, he won’t feel guilty going back for seconds (or, that’s what we like to tell ourselves)."


MOUTH SAYS...

A healthier twist on classic durum wheat pasta, we keep our cupboards stocked with this one at all times. Pairs well with meat, cream, seafood and vegetable sauces; these also have a great texture when chilled and used for pasta salads. Try it with broccoli cooked slowly in olive oil over low heat, with lots of chopped garlic, anchovy and crushed red pepper. Once it's soft, mash it up with a wooden spoon.

Baia Pasta is an Oakland company run by two Italians who realized that most Italian pasta is made from North American wheat shipped to Italy, made into pasta and then shipped back. Crazy, right? They set out to create pasta here instead, from the finest organic flours from Utah, Montana, Colorado and California. 

Each type of wheat is well-kneaded with no other ingredient besides cold water then extruded gently in small batches through brass dies, giving the pasta a rough surface (good for catching sauce and for cooking al denté). It's then dried at low temperatures to preserve the original protein and gluten content. The pasta is out-of-this-world good. And the type geeks in our office (and there are more than a few) are in love with the beautiful packaging.

tip of the tongue

Great pasta calls for great sauce, like a jar of classic red or vodka sauce from Jar Goods!

  • $9.60 for a 16 oz package